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The Third Kingdom (Richard and Kahlan) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2014

Book 13 of 15 in the Sword of Truth Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Richard and Kahlan (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765370670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765370679
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Outstanding…Characters who actually behave like adults.  Highly recommended.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Goodkind’s greatest triumph: the ability to introduce instantly identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen, rather than weaken their impact.”—SFX

“Few writers have Goodkind’s power of creation.”—Publishing News

“Teeming with violence, treachery, and intrigue.”—Publishers Weekly

“Eminently readable.”—Booklist

“A tour de force of mesmerizing storytelling.”—RT Book Reviews

About the Author

The author of the worldwide bestsellers making up the Sword of Truth, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Omen Machine, Terry Goodkind lives in Henderson, Nevada.

Customer Reviews

I just felt like this story didn't justify an entire book... Second, SO MUCH REPETITION.
I think the story Terry Goodkind is telling in this book has potential that was unrealized due to too much filler and poor writing.
I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of the series and look forward to the next book.

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92 of 105 people found the following review helpful By flower on August 22, 2013
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Warning: plot spoilers abound here, move along if you don't want to know any details of the book.

I see from the reviews here already that some people liked the new, shorter style of this novel. I didn't mind that so much, rather what was left vs discarded. It feels like half a book. The pluses: some new characters and places were set up nicely, and the bad guys were fleshed out a bit as separate identities. The ties in to the old war / previous wars were interesting, although the rehash of life vs underworld is beginning to wear thin. Cant we do better than green veils? The really annoying part is the complete unevenness that has come to be between the two main characters, Richard and Kahlan. The original series was wonderful because they had two equally powerful and interesting characters that held their own. Richard's story was always dominant, but Kahlan raised armies, attacked problems, and solved them herself. It was an even partnership. Starting with the last book in the old series, Confessor, Kahlan may as well be an after note - she was tormented by Jagang for an entire book, but not instrumental at all in the resolution, she just got saved by Richard. The Omen machine had the same issue - it started fine, but then Kahlan runs off into danger, gets captured, gets saved, no involvement on her part. Half the time she isn't even conscious. This one was even worse - she didnt even appear until over half way through the book, and then when she woke from unconsciousness (again) she immediately got captured, and spent the (short) remainder of the book hanging from a ceiling. One conversation with the bad guy, serving to reveal a key plot point about his goals and methods, then nothing.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By JohnThomas on September 1, 2013
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I have been a long-time fan of Terry Goodkind and this series with Richard and Kahlan. But this book is a huge disappointment. The writing is childish, repetitive (he frequently says the very same thing only one paragraph later) and awkward. I thought that perhaps an elementary school kid wrote this book. The story is interesting but the writing is as bad as it gets. No character development, weak sentences, and nonsensical sequences of events. We even have to wonder how Zed and Nicci were able to destroy so many of the bad guys with Wizard's Fire at the end when in the beginning they could only push air at them. Somehow they got their power back. A huge disappointment!
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Alan Nitikman on August 23, 2013
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Okay, I'm hooked again. Goodkind has created such strong characters in Richard, Kahlan, Cara, Zedd, and Nicci, that I really want to see what happens to them. He's created some strong new villains and heroines, as well. He's great at that. He's extended his well-imagined world into "The Dark Lands" and tied R & K's story into his story of Magda Searus, The First Confessor, which was nice. I just wish he wouldn't spend quite so much time on filler, Richard thinking and lecturing Samantha, and sometimes saying in 10 pages what he could have expressed in a sentence, like, instead of [minor Spoiler Alert] extending Samantha's regret at not being able to do as he asked, after doing exactly that and saving their lives, with Richard enabling her meandering, how about just "hey, you got there when it mattered and we're here"? Or pages and pages and pages of traversing forests and, then, pages and pages and pages of climbing around rocks while avoiding sheets of green phosphorescence. I feel as if some of this extended description, rumination, monologuing, etc., is just a way to fill hundreds of pages for what is really 2 or 3 key developments that could have been handled in 2 or 3 chapters.

But, as I've learned with other good writers, you take their foibles with their strengths when the story is good enough and the characters compelling enough. Overall, Goodkind is still a great storyteller. I'm still a fan.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Gary Miller on December 6, 2013
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I LOVED the Sword of Truth series so it pains me to say it, but stay away from this hot mess of a book. I quit at 177 pages in, 170 of which were exposition. As a bonus, the exposition included a ridiculous amount of repetition from card board characters whose voice had nothing to do with their POV but rather with whatever the author needed communicated in yet another expository scene.

Let me sum it up this way. If the new Terry Goodkind (man, I miss the old one) had written the Avengers movie it would have taken place entirely in the Shawarma restaurant with Director Fury debriefing the heroes. The conversation would have gone something like this;

Fury - So, what happened?
Hulk - I created some epic destruction in an effort to save NY.
Fury - I see.
Hulk - The widespread destruction I caused saved mankind and now I'm eating shawarma.
Fury - Does shawarma taste better after causing so much havoc?
Hulk - It does. Why do you think I decided to cause so much destruction and help to save mankind. It was so I could exercise my free will to eat more shawarma.
Fury - You seem unusually eloquent today for a big green monster.
Hulk - I need to describe to you how epic my destruction was and I can't do that by just saying, "Hulk smash!". By the way, did I mention how evil the aliens were that I destroyed so majestically?
Fury - Please, tell me more.
Hulk - Well, there were these really evil aliens that I had to destroy...

*Ugh* Just terrible. It makes me want to cry.
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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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