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Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, Book 4) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 15, 1997

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Book 4 of 15 in the Sword of Truth Series

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates; 1st edition (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312890532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312890537
  • ASIN: B00008AJC4
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (771 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,830,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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 - out of nowhere she turned from powerful brilliant young woman in previous books to stupid teenager full of jealousy. About the same with Richard, he is not so strong and attractive character anymore.
Also, too many repetition and very long explanations of what happened before, in 1-3 books, which is I skip all together, as well as some brutal scenes. That's all a little bit disappointing, after this book, I will probably switch to something else
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit I haven't finished reading this book. I've only read to chapter 9 and I'm not sure I'm going to read any further. I've read all of the previous books although I really don't care for the kind of robotic writing style and the author's fixation on torture. I've persevered because I like the characters and main plot a lot.

My issue with this particular book though is that it's just too stupid right from the very beginning. It's apparently mere days after the last book (Blood of the Fold) left off; where they couldn't trust anyone and everyone survives by the skin of their teeth, yet they all suddenly seem completely clueless. They all act as if they're on a Sunday picnic or hit their heads or something and forgot what they'd just been through. For instance: an assassin shows up at the palace and announces he's going to kill both the King and Queen...so what do they do? The women deal with him while the King goes off into the woods to look for herbs! Kahlan doesn't want to "bother" Richard with the assassin? What? Are you kidding me? He's the FREAKING King/Seeker/SuperWizard!
Psh, why bother the King/Seeker/SuperWizard with such trivial matters? Kahlan and Cara should handle it on their own - sure, why not? Oh, and why not take Nadine with you too in the end and make sure to talk a lot in front of the prisoner too! Good idea! Why not shout out your social security and credit card numbers too while you're at it? Any other deep dark secrets? Well throw those in too why don't ya?

Nadine's description of her dreams where you can't get to where you're going because path's don't lead to where they should, etc, was ironic because it's an exact description of how this book feels (thus far).
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