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Temple of the Winds (The Sword of Truth #4) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Goodkind
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (664 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jagang, Emperor of the Imperial Order, has invoked a bound fork prophecy binding Richard and Kahlan to a fate of pain, betrayal, and a path to the Underworld. At Jagang's behest a Sister of the Dark gains access into the fabled Temple of the Winds and has unleashed a plague that sweeps across the lands like a firestorm consuming lives at an alarming rate. To stop the plague Richard and Kahlan are forced to sacrifice everything they have between them.

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From Library Journal

A deadly plague sweeps the fantasy world of Goodkind's best-selling series.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Another independently intelligible doorstopper addition to Goodkind's Sword of Truth series (Blood of the Fold, 1996, etc.). This time, sword-wielder and wizard Richard Rahl, his warrior beloved Kahlan, grandfather Zedd, and the rest of the cast are threatened by the Imperial Order and their dream walker, Jagang, who sends a wizard-assassin, Marlin, to kill Richard. Meanwhile, old flame Nadine, befuddled by a witch, shows up intending to marry Richard; close behind comes the healer Drefan, Richard's half- brother. Marlin/Jagang announces gleefully that he's caught Richard in a ``bound fork prophesy,'' a fancy way of saying heads I win, tails you lose. Another one for the fans. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 836 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812551486
  • Publisher: FINE Group (December 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ5708
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Temple of the Long-Winded Sermons March 11, 2005
While I am an avid fan of Terry Goodkind and I await each book with some anticipation, I must admit that this book was a little...windy (forgive the pun, please). The beginning was a little slow, and was it just me or did anyone figure who the sicko was w/in the first 5 lines of the first murder scene? The evidence was placed in this person's belongings too soon and the excuse they made was a little pathetic. Couldn't the evidence have shown up later in the book, just to sort of throw the reader off, and delay the eye-rolls?

Anyway, there were also sappy love scenes that sort of made me want to put the book down. I understand Goodkind may have been trying to evoke some sympathy for Richard and Kahlan's frustrating (and overly drawn out) wait to complete and consummate their love, but the stolen-kiss scenes sort of dripped with sap. Also, Richard's dealings with Kahlan and with the lords and delegates from different countries were a little drawn out and preachy. His long philisophical explanations, and Goodkind's seeming need to continuously refer us to Richard's "raking raptor gaze" and Kahlan's "sparkling green eyes" and tight, white, regal Confessor's dress, get repetitive and you end up skipping large chunks of the dialogue. The stubbornness of the main characters will at times frustrate you, and after all the waiting and yearning and restraint the main duo has endured, how could the writer snatch away the sanctity of their first union by turning it into such a horrid experience? It was so terrible, it worked. That part just killed me...

But after all this passes, the book begins to pick up and roll with the formula that made Goodkind's first book such a riveting story. He did a good job at evoking irritation and murderous inclinations towards a new character, Nadine.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE ? October 1, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would like to start out by saying that my beef is with Brilliance Audio and Dick Hill and not with Terry Goodkind. I have purchased all of the preceding books on audio cd and listen to them on the way to and from work everyday. I have read the whole series as well. When I first started listening to this cd, I couldn't figure out who Kylin was. I finally released it was Dick Hills version of how to pronounce Kalan's name. This my be trivial to some people but it really annoys the crapp out of me. I would think that someone would of picked up on the fact that the pronunciation of a main character's name was completely different in this version.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Elyon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What began as an interesting fantasy in "Wizard's First Rule" and "Stone of Tears" has begun to devolve into episodic serialization and somewhat sophomoric heroic posturing. To be honest, I never felt this series to be among the best, an equal to Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings," Donaldson's "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant," William's "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn," or Martin's or Jordan's ongoing series. There has always been the sense of Goodkind writing in the shadow of Jordan for reasons that are obvious, and, regardless of arguments over "The Wheel of Time's" flaws, the "Sword of Truth" series by Goodkind has never approached the scale of Jordan's work, and appears now to be flagging in both energy and focus.
What began in "Wizard's First Rule" as a fantasy epic with a solid story line and much original content, despite a few obvious broad borrowings from past writer's, including Jordan, has become, with this book, a series of adventures only loosely connected to the grand conceptual story promised by the first book. The original premise presented in "Wizard's First Rule" is now forming the excuse for 800 page excursions into secondary stories that exist in large part separate from the larger struggle that is the premise behind this series. As a stand-alone, this book is unsuccessful, and succeeds only because it is propped by the previous works. Nor does it advance the earlier story established by those books. Instead, if you examine the plot closely, it revisits a lot of old ground. The thread of Goodkind's legend has begun to become unravelled.
A further problem has begun to manifest itself in his characters: They have begun to become stereotypes of themselves.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but the weakest of the four October 31, 1997
A lot of people prefer to get into arguments when talking about Terry Goodkind's work. But the simple fact is that if you want to read Robert Jordan, you should go read it, and the same applies to Tolkien. I read Goodkind because I like Goodkind, and any complaints I have aren't because I also read other works. As to Temple of the Winds, this is perhaps the weakest book in the series so far. I've always thought the biggest problem with these books is that it looks as if he set out to write a stand alone novel, only to have it become so popular that he was asked to do sequels by the publisher. The proof of this in my mind is that nowhere in Wizard's First Rule is there and mention that it's Book 1 of the Sword of Truth series. But, conversely, Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears sat very well together. Blood of the Fold was thinner, but here in Temple of the Winds, the first real knots start to come undone. Significant characters pop into this book out of the main characters pasts, having never even been alluded to before, and as is Goodkinds most irritating wont, these turn into red herring plot lines that endup being closed again before the end of the book. Meanwhile, little or no progress seems to be happening with the furthurance of the supposed current main plot point having to do with Lord Richard Rahl's battle for supremecy over the Dream Walker Jagang. Without the hype and without the comparisons to others, this was the least satisfying of the series. I WOULD recommend it to anyone who asked, and will continue reading the books myself, as I'm a big fan, but I can't see myself re-reading this book over and over again, as I do with the previous three in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 hours ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book continuing a great series.
I have been reading all the sword of truth series and this one keeps the epic quest of Richard and Kahlan going. Great series
Published 6 days ago by Lewis White
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldnt stop reading!
Love this series and I am glad to get it on kindle so I can more straight on to the next book!
Published 20 days ago by JeweliaPaige
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as first books
I am half way through in this one, still like the story and want to know what is next,
but main characters got spoiled in this book and it's really annoying, especially Kahlan... Read more
Published 27 days ago by I. Pala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved the series
Published 1 month ago by David R. White
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
What an awesome, awesome book. I had trouble putting it down when I had to work. This is my second time reading it and there was lots that I had forgotten. On to book 5!!!!
Published 1 month ago by al janosz
5.0 out of 5 stars Temple of the winds
Really really good read! Could not stop reading all the way through! #4 is as good or better than the first three books! Especially the evolution of the main characters... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amelia Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Best author I've read in a decade
I've been searching for an author I liked this much for close to a decade - the last time I can remember discovering such an author was the summer of 2005 (I think). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erik
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good continuation of the series
Published 1 month ago by Philip Blower
2.0 out of 5 stars Rule #1: Pronounce the names correctly.
Great book, horrible narrator. Dick Hill makes up new names for the characters. Ruined the book.
Published 1 month ago by jswest
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Terry Goodkind is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series, Richard and Kahlan stories, author of The Law of Nines, The Omen Machine, and The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus, as-well-as collaborator for Legend of the Seeker, the Sam Raimi produced, ABC television series based on The Sword of Truth books.

Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker and violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says.

While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife, Jeri, have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.

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