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Phantom [Hardcover]

Terry Goodkind
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July 18 2006 Sword of Truth (Book 10)
On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.

As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil itself would finally possess her, body and soul.

If she is to survive in a murky world of deception and betrayal, where life is not only cheap but fleeting, Kahlan must find out why she is such a central figure in the war-torn world swirling around her. What she uncovers are secrets darker than she could ever have imagined.

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From Publishers Weekly

In the eagerly awaited second volume of bestseller Goodkind's Chainfire trilogy, which will wrap up his long-running Sword of Truth series, star-crossed Richard Cypher (aka Lord Richard Rahl) searches for his beautiful "phantom" wife, Kahlan Amnell, who lost her memory in 2005's Chainfire after the Sisters of the Dark cast a spell on her. Meanwhile, Richard has memorized a magical instruction book, The Book of Counted Shadows, which will help open the three boxes of the Orden, though the consequences could be dire for the Old World: "Open the correct box, and one gains the power of Orden-the essence of life itself, power over all things living and dead... Open the wrong box... and every living thing in existence is incinerated into nothingness. It would be the end of all life." Despite the simplistic good vs. evil conflict and bland prose, the author expertly juggles many complex plot lines and brings to life a host of colorful characters. Goodkind has recently made a deal with Sam Raimi of the Spiderman franchise to translate the series into film.
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"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring."
--Kirkus Reviews on Wizard's First Rule

"Wonderful."
--Kliatt on Stone of Tears

"Each volume of the Sword of Truth... proves more difficult to review than the last. There are only so many ways of heaping praise on a series that gets better and better."
--SFX on Blood of the Fold

"...outstanding work...adrenaline and characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended."
--San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds

"...thoroughly enjoyable."
--VOYA on Soul of the Fire

"Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers."
--Romantic Times Bookclub on Faith of the Fallen

"Near-perfect pacing, well-realized settings, and superior descriptive narrative."
--VOYA on The Pillars of Creation

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Menacing July 26 2006
Format:Hardcover
I picked up Wizard's First Rule when it was first published and found it to be an enjoyable fantasy novel. I have stuck with the series far longer than I should have, but by now I have too much time invested in it to stop. The story as it was has now devolved into little more than a political manifesto, a propaganda piece extolling a vile philosophy. If Faith of the Fallen had been the worst offender for characters endlessly prattling on about their love of life and liberty that would have been fine, if boring. But it has altered course in a significant way. Where once the only absurdities in these books were (to name a few) a wise-cracking dragon, a heroic talking wolf, and a chuckling chicken that is evil manifest, Mr. Goodkind has sunk to new depths. His main characters - Richard and Kahlan - are held up as paragons of virtue, and great champions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But one sees as the story progresses that they repeatedly betray such virtues and participate enthusiastically in the very atrocities that they so boldly (and endlessly) claim to be fighting against.

What Mr. Goodkind has done in his latest installment of the Sword of Truth series is a new low. Facing insurmountable odds, our hero Richard decides that the only path to victory lies in visiting the same atrocities upon the enemy citizenry, as have been committed upon Richard's own people. Whereas some might say the plotline (such as it is) in Phantom is particularly relevant to current world events, the fact is that what the heroes in this story are engaging in on behalf of all that is good, is exactly what would be universally condemned here in real life.

The prose in Phantom is long-winded enough to destroy the New Orleans levees all over again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Pleasure July 30 2006
Format:Hardcover
Phantom is the 2nd installment in a 3-volume arc involving the abduction of Richard Rhal's wife. The author continues to excel at presenting an exciting story-line along with sympathic characters. Long-time readers of the Sword of Truth series will not be disappointed. They will, no doubt, look forward to the next, and final, tome of the long-running series.

Readers must be forwarned, however, that their enjoyment of the story will very likely be marred by a number of notable flaws. As other reviewers have mentioned, Goodkind continues to belabor his text with lengthy and repetitive sermons on his philosophy of free will and personal responsibility. Similar objections can be raised with regards to overly detailed descriptions of magical symbology and effects. The novel also contains a lengthy and distracting dipiction of the Imperial Order's sacking of a city (some things are best left to the immagination of the readers). These sections can be skipped without injury to the main narrative.

Phantom is a great story that risks being obscured by its dull and unecessary baggage. Like its predecessor volume, it would have benefited immensely from extensive editorial cuts. Indeed, it is not too hard to imagine that the 3-volume arc could have been better rendered as an entertaining single novel.

For die-hard Sword of Truth readers only.
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2.0 out of 5 stars As frustrating as ever Sept. 21 2007
Format:Hardcover
If you have gotten all the way to this book, then you are either a masochist (like me) or you consider Ayn Rand to be your personal saviour. Either way, no restatement of the main thrust of the series is needed here. Suffice it to say that this book continues the same frustrating themes. Here are a few: 1) Richard desperately missing Kahlan and randomly experiencing searing mental anguish over her absence. 2) Nicci being incredibly hot with very blue eyes and thinking she would just die if Richard ever looked at her with anything less than euphoria. 3) Lots of descriptions of violence and rape. 4) Richard and Shota routinely pulling solutions to complex problems out of thin air. 5) Richard being unable to use his magic 6) More rape 7) Tedious descriptions of things which do not need to be described. 8) Really feeble humour.

The main problem with this series is that Goodkind does not consider it to be fantasy but rather some sort of inspirational tract meant to enlighten us drudges about freedom and the colossal beacon of blinding light that is the thought of Ayn Rand. This invariably creates problems. Goodkind is far more interested in proselytizing than in writing a good yarn. Thus, much of the dialogue is stilted and embarassingly awkward. At one point the seer Jebra shows up to tell Richard all about her experience as a captive of the Imperial Order (as he if he didn't know what they were like already). Despite having lived through grotesque horrors, her narrative (which goes on for pages) is absurdly dry and sounds like she's reading from a textbook or maybe from the diary of someone who had only polite interest in what was going on. The same goes for the bad guys. The Imperial Order soldiers, described as the most brutish and nasty people alive, don't even swear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best since the first titles. Jan. 6 2007
Format:Hardcover
I started Phantom without much enthusiasm because I really had to force my way through Chainfire, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is the best one since the first two or three. Kahlan is still lost to everyone's memory except Richard's, but instead of standing around arguing about how such a thing couldn't possibly happen, they're actually doing something about it. This is Goodkind at his best, lots of fighting and magic.

The only problem I have with Phantom is the same one I had with the first nine books: he explains every little thing like three times within one or two pages. Richard will be telling everyone his plan, and Zedd will say "That's not possible" and Richard will say "Let me explain it this way", and Cara will say "I don't understand", so Richard will say "It's like this" and give a metaphor for the same thing he just explained twice!

There, I got that off my chest. My point is, I really enjoyed Phantom and I'm impatiently awaiting the final book in the Sword of Truth series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books
I love these books - Terry really knows how to make you fall in love and hate with his characters and become totally immersed through his imagery in a world of wonder.
Published 12 months ago by Jacquie Finney
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series.
Terry Goodkind is a great author and this series just sucks you right in and I could barely put the books down. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chevron
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, ...
To start things off, I think Terry Goodkind is a talented writer (as evidenced by his earlier works). But this book is SO wordy. Read more
Published on March 1 2008 by C. Toth
1.0 out of 5 stars The horse is dead, but Goodkind is still flogging
Terry Goodkind is not a terrible author, but his story lost its way books ago. The first three novels were wonderful and I have reread them each several times. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2008 by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars Fails to surprise
Goodkind's first few books we're quite impressive, his characters felt human, mortals. In the last few books, I feel I'm losing interest with these peons. Read more
Published on July 31 2007 by J. Ippersiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the final book!
Terry's 10th book in his Sword of Truth series adds new twists to a seemingly hopeless situation. As in all of his books, you really feel a connecion with the characters. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2007 by Charlie Flight
4.0 out of 5 stars Picked the pace back up in the series
For a series that started with the amazing Wizard's First Rule, pulled me back in with Faith of the Fallen and has gone on and on and on (not as long as Robert Jordan's Wheel of... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2006 by Larry Ketchersid
4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Goodkind's Phantom
Waited with bated breath for this book. Thought it was the last in the series, its not. Had a lot of problems with Goodkind's preachiness in this book and felt banged over the... Read more
Published on July 24 2006 by Lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars That Haunting Quality
Terry Goodkind has done a spectacular job picking up the pieces of his flagging Sword of Truth series. Read more
Published on July 12 2006 by S. Peters
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