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The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears Paperback – Box set, November 15, 1998
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About the Author
One of the most popular writers of fantasy today, Terry Goodkind divides his time between Maine and Nevada.
Top Customer Reviews
When I started reading the first book, it began wonderfully with one character, named Richard (that was easy to remember!), who knows as much as the reader does about the world. As you read, you immerse yourself in the world with him, learning and discovering this fantastic world of magic, adventure, romance, etc.
I've read all ten now, and as the last three or four came out, I re-read all of them to refresh myself. That's right, RE-READ. This was the first book(s) I've ever re-read, and if you can believe it, they were just as good (in some places much better) the second and third time around.
The first three were flawless. If you want some books that are perfect for the rainy day (with some tea), the day off (also with tea), or the summer afternoon (with iced-tea), these books were the most enjoyable I have ever read. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. (note: some sections not appropriate for readers under 13-14)
The only downside is that there will only be 11 books.
Now this series has grown and even though some have accused Goodkind of suffering a little 'Jordanitis' when they believed the storyline didn't advance as far as hoped (and I admit that I have wondered this myself after reading 'Soul of the Fire' and 'Pillars of Creation') -- but when all is said and done, Goodkind has done what Robert Jordan has either refused to do, or simply cannot do: come back with utterly captivating stories. Since this boxed set contains the first three books in the series, I should limit my comments to them specifically, so here goes...
I cannot find fault with a single page of all three of these books. I just can't. I admit that after finishing 'Blood of the Fold' the first time, I was a bit disappointed -- although I cannot recall why these many years later I did. All I can say about it is I went ahead and re-read it about 4 years ago and simply couldn't figure out why I hadn't loved every page the first time around. Maybe because it was much shorter than the first two...but suffice it to say that this series contains a great deal of controversy regarding the plotting and it would seem that you either love it or you don't.Read more ›
I'm not new to the genre. I began with David Eddings in the early 90s, and have made my way through most of the predominant contemporary authors: Robert Jordan, George R R Martin, Raymond Feist, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, C. S. Friedman, of course Tolkein, even Michael Moorcock, and numerous others I can't remember. Bottom line, Goodkind's stuff is somewhere in between them all. Not something I'm likely to read a second time, as I have with several other books and series, but certainly something I'll read to the end.
What I was most troubled by though was the surprising number of similiarities between Goodkind's work and Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Many themes are common throughout; not just the 'Common Man turned Reluctant Savior' theme, or the Sword and Magic battle of good versus evil. Those are staples that any reader must accept if they're going to participate in the fantasy genre.
No, I'm referring to the almost blatant commonalities between Goodkind's fantasy aspects and Jordan's content. The simplest, of course, is the dual nature of the magical forces represented in the world. Perhaps not unique, but definitely similar. On to the controlling neclaces/leashes, the Sisters of Light (who even have a hierarchy of Novice/Sister), Sisters of Dark, even the concept of The Flame and the Void, or the Oneness. There are numerous others, and each time I encounter one in Goodkind's work, I chuckle to myself a little.
However, I don't let it detract from the experience of these books.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have already read the first 4 of the Sword of Truth series and had to read it again, that should tell you something.Published 1 month ago by Stuart Goodchild
I enjoyed the book, but I think it was too long. If he cut it down to about 500 pages and took out the filler I would give it 5 stars because it is a really good story.Published 2 months ago by Edward
It is a good book. It has really good world building intertwined in the plot, so for those who don't like reading several pages of nothing but world building and getting right to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacinda Rilla Wright
Without a doubt my favorite book series that I've read so far. Epic story that starts small but grows rapidly. Strong female and male characters with no real gender bias.Published 4 months ago by David Zimmerle
Why did I do that to myself? Why did I read all 11 of them? WTF is wrong with me? Why did I buy them? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joseph E. Edwards VIII
Purchased as a Christmas present for my husband- he absolutely LOVES these books!! Great series for anyone into fantasyPublished 5 months ago by Carly Collins
Great series. Best I've ever read. So connected. So descriptive - feels like you're right there. Better than any movie and definitely better than the TV series they did which... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrika