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  • Hardcover: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Overseas Editions New (5 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327741
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,780 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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‘Few writers have Goodkind’s power of creation’
Publishing News

‘Goodkind’s greatest triumph: the ability to introduce instantly identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen rather than weaken their impact.’
SFX

‘Outstanding … Characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended’ San Diego Union Tribune

‘Eminently readable’ Booklist

‘A tour de force of mesmerising storytelling’ Romantic Times

‘A real born storyteller'
Anne McCaffrey

'Everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy'
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--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr P G Williams on 26 Aug 2014
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Half baked effort!! These books have slowly deteriorated as the series has gone on. However, with the initial 12 you at least felt as if each book was the resolution of a part of the story and that you had probably got some value for money; in terms of story if not in terms of writing. Unfortunately with the last 3 books I feel as if I have been ripped off. Not only is the writing poor, with repetition of the same points over and over and over again, but the story is hideously drawn out to bulk out 4 books each sold at an exorbitant price. I could have forgiven him for 2 badly written books and a complete story but to have 3 badly written books and half a story really is not good enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DENTON P. WALTER on 14 Aug 2014
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Terry Goodkind at his best. A gripping story that holds ones attention all the way, but going to even darker places on the way than Terry has gone before. There is some superb descriptive and mood-setting writing here, and a very nasty character who is both as evil as you could wait and funny at the same time, giving people 'choices', as he puts it, so they follow him willingly, his offered choices being given in a superbly black humour fashion. But have the tissues ready, beloved characters are not all going to get to the end of this one. Even the Sword of Truth and Wizard's Fire have their limits, as Richard, Kahlan, Zedd and Nicci battle an army of Half People, walking dead, a Spirit King and other not very nice things, with assorted monsters added to the magical mix. This is really an edge of your seat tale, full of surprises, and even a bit of humour, in the best tradition of the Sword of Truth series. Any true fan of the SOT will love it, and those new to Terry's writing would still enjoy it even they have not read previous books, as important points referred to are explained enough to follow the story. All in all I'd highly recommend it.
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Have been a huge fan of the sword of truth novels and have read the first 'series' a number of times over,however Mr Goodkind seems to gotten in the annoying habit of repeatinghimself over and over again. How many times do we need reminding of the powers ot the SofT etc etc.. This book just seems intent on continuing the drawn out story line from the last book and will no doubt drag into at least two more sequels. I must admit that my admirayion will only go so far and have given up on the novel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DanRJones91 on 26 Oct 2014
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Goodkind's Sword of Truth series ranks amongst my favourite series, so I naturally had high hopes for the sequel series. The first of the series ("The Omen Machine") started it off with promise. I gave the second book ("The Third Kingdom") the benefit of the doubt. I can't be so generous for this third instalment.

Severed Souls was, frankly, terrible. The writing has deteriorated to a level I cannot tolerate reading. Trivial events were given undue attention, while events that should have been explored more were passed over very quickly. Innumerable times throughout, a paragraph would be a rehash of the previous paragraph, which is extremely hindering to story progression. It appears Mr Goodkind doesn't feel he can trust his readers to remember what happened on the previous page, which borders on patronising. Dialogue throughout was clunky and unnatural recounting events of the previous books, which, while being useful as a single paragraph, took up undue time page space.

Sulachan and Hannis Arc were virtually ignored, and the primary antagonist of this book wasn't introduced until half way through. The result was half of a rushed book where events were resolved too conveniently, with Goodkind simply ignoring rules he set down in the previous books and series.

My biggest issue however, is Richard. Once, Goodkind's characters were praised for having flaws. Richard seems to have been absolved of having flaws. He knows all the answers, has all the abilities and figures everything out. And, by God, don't we bloody know it. He's become preachy, holier than thou, and pretty much unbearable. He's a crutch for everyone else, and the other characters have become weak by their association with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jade Johnson on 3 Sep 2014
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Read all the other books and the last few are repetitive in writing-style. Often there are dialogs where characters keep repeating the same thing over and over and over in slightly different wording, summarising, repeating, concluding - up to a point where it just falls out-of-character and you wonder if that person is plain stupid.

The story was ok, a few highlights, but it all could have been told in 1/4 of the pages - unfortunately it's nowhere close to brilliant writing style of the first dozen or so books in the series. I hope TG will catch himself and go back to the fantastic storytelling he showed in the earliest books of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on 3 Nov 2014
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David Gemmel was brave enough for one of his characters to state in his second series of books 'We seem to have experienced / done this all before.' Now we have Richard disappearing off to the underworld where he will no doubt reappear having saved the lost souls; we have Kahlan having been dying, but now ok having been saved by Richard; we have an army that seemingly can't be destroyed now marching through the land led by the baddy and the second in command for the bad guy is seeking to take over and be just as bad. Also, Richard has been betrayed by one of his group and a well known face dies. Within the book itself there are so many repeated paragraphs where the characters are having anxiety crises and they repeat the storyline again, just in case you didn't read the previous four repeats.
I really do feel like I'm reading the 1st series and 'Blood of the Fold' all over again, but mixed in with new characters. I didn't want to buy this book on kindle, because of the repetitive nature of the first few books in this series. I succumbed in a weak moment thinking that maybe it would change and now I realise I wasted my money. Stupid me for thinking it would change.
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