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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 4 edition (Sept. 15 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312890532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312890537
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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NO SPOILERS HEREIN: Everyone that is angry at my 3-star review - should know that I too consider myself a Goodkind fan! I was blown away with the first two books! The third book was good. Goodkind has a gift for developing characters with depth. His books 1-2 "bad guys/girls" were REALLY hateful and evoked strong emotional responses from me. In book 4, I'd hope to see more wizardry, and MUCH more fighting, & another bad guy/girl developed to hate. There is almost ZERO sword play in book 4 - and I REALLY missed it! What a major mistake to name a series Sword of Truth only to neglect it. Also, I feel cheated by some of the plot twists in book 4. I can't diasect them, because I would never spoil the story for someone else. Several "betrayal" twists really turned me off and left me disappointed rather than entertained. I usually find Goodkind impossible to put down in the second half of his books. That was not the case with book 4. Having said all that - Sword of Truth fans will still read this story in order to follow the growth of Richard and company - and that is as it should be. However, I am VERY hopeful that Book 5 has more swordplay and wizardry!
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By Ehud on March 10 2003
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After defeating the Blood of the Fold army, Richard has still to figure out how defend against Jagang, ruler of the Imperial Order. While Richard is studying away on a journal of an ancient wizard, Khalan confronts an assassin sent out to get Richard. Things turn for the worst when a terrible plague is sent throughout the Midlands and Richard gets trapped in a double-bind prophecy by Jagang, where he dies no matter what (kinda like Richard rolling di that have only ones on it, and getting snake eyes everytime...kinda). Well, while Richard is discovering what the prophecy has to do with the "winds", Nathan goes off on his own trying his best to fulfill the only possible destiny best suited for the freedom of people. Zedd and Ann are stuck searching for Nathan, only to be told that they should quit and search for the Jopoco Treasure. Not only that, but Verna and Warren set off to save Warren's life by taking a certain fork in the prophecy and trying to save Sisters of the Light who are enslaved by Jagang. Whew! what bunch of enjoyable stuff to read...
what's new with this book from the rest?
so many innocents die, my goodness, i nearly shed a tear reading some of this, but no...i'm a man...i don't cry *wipes lower eyelid clean*
who's up for some travel through the sliph? the silverish creature is more described in this book, so yeah...interesting.
fighting?
well, not much really, but the story doesn't need it.
this book is about 200 pages longer and i finished it in a shorter amount of days than the one before it. I was totally hooked that i read it in a span of 23 hrs. over 3 days of the weekend. This is a great book and has a couple grand twists. One failed twist tho is who Richard's brother is, but maybe I'm just clever...
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By Jan Bob on Feb. 20 2003
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First off, I dont seem to comprehend how some people call this novel a dissapointing sequel?
In my humble opinion, this novel was by far the most emotional and suspenseful one among the first 4 books.
Chapter 64 gets my prize for the greatest chapter in the series so far.
The book really seems to aim at probing how much the readers can take. Without giving away too much, when you get to about 3/4 of the book, Kahlan's betrayal will take your breath away. Had i not known there are more books in the series, i would have thought that it was the end of Richard's and Kahlan's world as we know it. It marked the biggest test of my trust in the main protagonists of the series. Every new page I read put a new thorn in my heart. However, if you believe in Richard and Kahlan's goodness, you will come to enjoy the book more than anything in the series up to this point.
The only complaint : It took me 5 days to read this one. Maybe i'm just too eager to find out what happens.
Great job Mr. Goodkind!
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OK First of all this book should only be read by those you have read the previous novels in their chronilogical order. The author does make a fair attempt at introducing the history but this is the 4th book so come on. Work with me here!!!... THe whole power of this series is mostly about the deep relationships that you build the the wonderfully constructed characters whose hearts you have come to know through sharing their pain and being in the trenches with them and crying with them and taking part in their joys and victorys. You can`t pretend to know what this is like with out doing the necessary but blissful time from the beginning novels. In other words don`t cheat yourself, Treat Yourself!!
OK That being said this review is for those of us who have read the thing the whole way through. THere is so much I want to say about this one. I was manipulated, comforted, tricked and most of all freaking heartbroken. Thats that my heart is genuinely broken now because of Terry Goodkinds ... He went to far with the manipulation of the feelings this time. Kahlan was originally the embodyment of what the perfect women would be like. She was perfect in mind body and spirit and the men who read of her immediately loved her and wanted her to materialize for her to be cherished til her dying day. Kahlan was an Icon and symbol of an ideal women for men who want more that your typical materialistic self centered poptart and she was more that a comfort over the years BUT NOW!!!!!!!!! ...
And RIchard!!!! Richard is everything that a women should Should want in a man and still be respected feared even by other men but he really [ticked] me off bad in the book to where I was ready to say to hell with you to for being such a Wimp ... I wanted to kick [him] soo bad for having the ...
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