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Naked Empire Limited Edition [Leather Bound]

Terry Goodkind
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Sep 2003
The sweeping, bestselling adventure of epic intrigue, violent conflict, and terrifying peril for the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and her husband, the heroic Richard Rahl, the Sword of Truth, arrives in paperback.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Leather Bound: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Limited edition (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765307332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765307330
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 18 x 6.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,229,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, 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. In 1983 Goodkind moved to the forested mountains he loves. There, in the woods near the ocean, he built the house where he and his wife, Jeri, live, and came at last to tell his own stories.

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Naked Empire is book eight of Terry Goodkind's bestselling "Sword of Truth" fantasy series, following on directly from the events of the previous instalment The Pillars of Creation.

Richard, one of various gifted children of this world's former dark lord Darken Rahl, continues his journeying with the Sword of Truth and his wife Kahlan. Seven volumes of magical and military upheaval, and all too many desperate last-ditch measures, have left their scars: "The world was unravelling, in more ways than one. But there had been no choice".

Ancient sorcerous barriers have been accidentally toppled, freeing the unpleasant "Imperial Order" to rape, loot and pillage the rest of the world. The Emperor and his chief minion are revolting creatures whose sadism begins where Vlad the Impaler left off. Bandakar, a land of pacifists, has little chance of survival until someone gets the bright idea of giving the admired liberator Lord Rahl--that is, Richard--a dose of slow-acting poison. There is no antidote until he, personally and more or less single-handedly, frees Bandakar from the invading horde while, as pacifists, the natives will stand clear and disapprove of the slaughter. Some lessons in ethics and realism need to be learned here...

Goodkind deals in tougher issues and greater moral complexities than the typical blockbuster fantasy series, and underlines the dreadfulness of his characters' choices with unsparing descriptions of Imperial atrocity. Big trouble is also spreading elsewhere, with the Rahl homeland under siege and the fabled Wizard's Keep--a bastion that is actually the home of just two elderly magicians--threatened by magic-immune infiltrators.

Meanwhile in Bandakar, Richard and friends have greater problems than overwhelming opposition and useless allies. His personal magic "gift" is failing, he gets terrible headaches, his relationship with the Sword of Truth is in trouble, poison symptoms worsen, and the three vials of antidote are hidden in widely separated places. Worse, the local boss of Imperial forces is a soul-stealer who rides the minds of birds and beasts, watches Richard's progress through their eyes, and can gloatingly anticipate his plans. No-one said this was going to be easy.

A violent finale sees some good surprises and ingenuity, plus one cheeky deus ex machina, bringing this adventure to a neat conclusion. The greater war continues, though, and further sequels must follow. Newcomers to "Sword of Truth" may be dizzied by the number of back-story references, but the saga's legions of admirers will welcome this slickly crafted and compulsively readable episode. --David Langford --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


‘A real born storyteller'
Anne McCaffrey

'Everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy' Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing. 18 Aug 2003
I found Terry Goodkind's most recent effort, Naked Empire, very disappointing. I have been following his work since his first novel, Wizard's First Rule, was published. Wizard's First Rule was a truly remarkable book. It was so good because Goodkind produced fully rounded characters. Naked Empire lacks any characterisation whatsoever. It's almost as if in this eighth book in the series Goodkind feels that he no longer has to bother with any characterisation. For example, in the previous book he introduced a new character, Richard's sister Jensen, but in Naked Empire he doesn't bother to explore how this new character impacts on any of the existing characters.
However, even more irritating is Goodkind's propensity to preach. In his earlier books Goodkind has always used the story to put across his views on many subjects. This became even more the case with the war between the D'Haran Empire and the Imperial Order which Goodkind makes clear is a war of ideologies. In Naked Empire this becomes outright preaching. The story takes a back seat to discussion of the various ideologies in the book, and Naked Empire is a long book. If Goodkind came up with new and varied arguments it wouldn't be too bad. But his arguments are repetitive, as if Goodkind were preaching a very complex subject to someone with little understanding and, hence, had to keep repeating himself. I found this both irritating and rather insulting. But I suppose he had to fill out the book in some way since there is not enough of a story in Naked Empire to fill all 660 pages.
Also, there is nothing new in terms of content in this book compared to the previous seven. The war goes on. Characters get captured and tortured. Richard is dying once again and Kahlan makes a great sacrifice to try and save him.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you testing our loyalty? 2 Sep 2003
By B.D.
It was all that I could do to get through this book. Except for a couple of chapters on Zedd, it didn't even seem like the same person wrote this book. Like many people, money is very tight for me, so it pains me on multiple levels when I feel that I was taken advantage of. None of this story actually went anywhere. It was a large book that droned on and on about nothing interesting. It's a little late in the game to have Richard speaking (without end) about whether or not there is a justification for death vs. freedom. This could have been summed up on one page, not one-half of the book. I also didn't need the heavy handed recap of the last seven books.
Where's all the wonderful magic, the interesting, action packed adventures? Gee whiz, what was the purpose of this book?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive polemic 23 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review
Really, this is the start of the downturn of this whole series. Some of the earlier books weren't great, but this is dreadful.

Does Terry Goodkind really have such a low opinion of his readers that he thinks they're so thick that he needs to keep ramming his polemic down our throats, incessantly? As a previous review said - 'A' speech is good, but not the same speech over and over again.

On top of that, the constant repetition of other things (two whole pages to describe a Mother Confessor's powers, in a book this late in the series? Come on!), and an overall sense of poor writing.

I get the impression that Goodkind was writing for himself, not the readers, and let himself get dragged away from what could have been a superb series. The world and legends he's created are wonderful, and the storyline is great... it's just not well written.

When you can skip whole pages (and, in fact in book 11, you can skip whole chapters) without losing anything from the plot, there's something seriously wrong.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The agony and the ecstasy 6 Sep 2003
By A Customer
For those of us that have followed the adventures Richard Cypher over the years each book has been a welcome relief to those drab days spent pining over what we should do to entertain ourselves.
This book is no different,it starts where it left off in the last book 'The Pillars of Creation' with reluctant hero Richard and Kahlen coming across a civilisation,which just happens to be pristinely ungifted and in need of saving from the brutal imperial order,but for Richard Cypher this civilisation and the worlds last hope for survival there are added problems with his gift not only failing him,but seeming to be killing him at the same time. With time ebbing away for him, if Richard is to succeed he must confront a force not seen for a thousand years, a magical being with the ability to take one's very soul.
With this going on Richards granfather Zedd is taken prisoner,worse though the wizards keep is thus left unguarded with priceless magical items left open to those who would use them against everything that is good.
'The Naked Empire' is a fine addition to the 'sword of truth' series and a big improvement on the last book, though it doesn't stretch the limits of this fantasy epic or reach the heights of the first book in the series 'Wizards first rule'.
If you have read all the previos books by Terry Goodkind it's worth buying, but if you are new to this epic fantasy I recommend 'Wizards first rule', and I'll let you take it from there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking 8 Dec 2004
I hate to criticize this series, I really do. As unlike other similar series' (wheel of time) it has actually lasted throughout a number of books with good, twisting storylines and deep characters. The first five (except maybe Soul of the Fire) were quite simply fantastic, with the fifth (faith of the fallen) being arguably the best after the first one. However, the sixth book (pillars of creation) was quite honestly, boring.
But after hearing that this one actually did involve the old characters (and avidly praying that Jennsen didn't join them)
my hopes lifted.
How wrong I was.
The book starts out slow (like most of the others) but unlike the others, never really picks up. It got to the point that after a few hundred pages I realised that nothing had actually happened and I was over half way through the book! Finally as story threatened to become properly exciting, Richard decides to stretch a pretty boring speech over about 50 pages. About 45 of them involving him repeating himself. Why? Fair enough, some of them are meant to be "inspiring" but this one was just rubbish.
Also, I was dissapointed to see Jennsen not only alive at the start but surviving the entire book! The first few books managed to seem so original and seemed to progress well. This one however, feels like it's a jumble of the former books and progresses agonizingly slowly. Until the end, where it finally improves but is totally rushed, making me personally feel cheated after waiting for the end throughout about 500 pages of monotony.
But, even with the slowness (and sometimes dare I say boringness) the book still feels like Goodkinds work, and the writing remains good most of the time. Though you do feel that it (like the last book) could have been spread over a hundred or so pages in another book in the series.
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