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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752889761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752889764
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,003 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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Each time Goodkind's hero and heroine save the world from supernatural menaces, there turns out to be a catch involved; what we learn, interestingly, from his particular take on fantasy is to be suspicious and cynical. Last time, in Temple of the Winds, the problem was a plague of supernatural origins; this time, it is beings of water, fire and air, who cause sudden and inexplicable death and are gradually eroding the very magic on which the structure of Richard's world depends. And there is still a crusading emperor, a variety of witch-hunters and the complex uncertainties of Richard's emotional life to deal with. It is typical of Goodkind's bleak take on the stock material of fantasy that when, after four previous volumes, Richard finally marries his beloved Kahlan, there should be terrible consequences. We get to see more of this ingeniously thought-out fantasyland--a doomsday weapon in the hands of dim young conscripts and a society whose corruption enables Goodkind to lecture us on the evils of democracy. Most heroic fantasy has an attachment to autocracy as one of its unspoken values--Goodkind is not least interesting because he tends to follow those values through to their limit. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Goodkind's ingenious world building will keep readers captivated." --"Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
Having read the other reviews, it looks as though most people didn't like getting sidetracked by the whole Anderith subplot. To be honest, I loved it. It was certainly a refreshing change, although it did seem to make the book slightly out of place with the rest of the series thus far.
I didn't find that a problem at all. And whilst the Chimes were never 'tangible', per se, I don't think they were ever meant to be the major "bad-guy". Instead, they were just something that Richard had to deal with instead of getting ot the root of the problem.
So that wasn't my problem either - what was my problem, was Kahlan (and possibly Cara, too).
After all that's happened in the previous books, after everything Kahlan has been through not just with material enemies, but with good and bad spirits (like Darken Rahl and the ever-present Keeper), she decides, for some reason, that she isn't going to believe in bad spirits anymore, and rubbishes Richard's worries about them. Even when people die mysteriously, and when she's given all the clues under the Sun, and a man who seems to be able to understand and accomplish everything ever possible (Richard) warns her, she still doesn't believe.
That was truly apalling story-telling.
But it gets much better towards the end. This may not be the best in the series, but I enjoyed (most of) it nonetheless 8)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read the first four books in the serious 'Sword of Truth', book 5 was nowhere near as good. T Goodkind has done an amazing job creating the first four books, which are outstanding, but this one was like coming up against a wall and being bounced right back off it. i had to force myself to read it, waiting in vain for something to happen - the word slow doesn't cover it.

T. Goodkind has an annoying habit of repeating himself throughout all the novels to remind you constantly about previous situations, this is bearable as the other previous books are so good you can forgive him for this, but i found this book so poor that it was near impossible to stick with it. i am ok with new characters, but in this novel it lost its connection to the main characters for far too long.

This was so.... boring and unnecessarily violent and abusive. he does seem to like his abuse!!
For me he over egged it in this novel and made me feel i had wrongly recommended these novels to my friends. i feel that many people who like Science Fiction Fantasy would be offended by the continual level of abuse, which detracts from the overall story. felt like he was filling in rather than writing from his heart/soul

So for me this book was a big disappointment. I would suggest he end the series sooner rather than later, and for the next novel in the series persevere to the same high quality level of writing and plot that he managed in the first 4 books!
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By Ms. C. G. Lisle on 29 July 2009
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I have to say I was warned that the series took a bit of a downturn after the first 4 book. But I disagree! I really enjoyed this installment as Goodkind again draws on so many threads to weave a brilliant story. It has everything, love, violence, magic, and a few scares for me too! The 'lurk' at the beginning was quite scary, though believe me, everyone will laugh if you try to explain that to them.
My usual criticism is that the stories are often quite slow in the beginning until you hit the turning point and can't put it down. Not so with this one, from the beginning you have an idea of the direction of the story and are drawn in. There are a few slow patches, but overall it keeps you engaged.
The actual story continues immediately from the events of the previous book. Richard and Kahlan really can't seem to catch a break and separate from Zed again. In fact lots of the characters seem to branch off into their own missions and occasionally this can be a bit irritating, as the chapter finishes on a cliffhanger with one character and onto another!
On the bright side, the chapters seem shorter and sharper than previous books and it doesn't take long for your character to resurface. Wonderful stuff. You won't be disappointed!
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Terry Goodkind has yet again surpassed himself with the fifth novel in the ever expanding 'Sword of Truth' series, we gather again with Kahlan, Richard, Cara, Zedd and other favorite characters in a mind blowing whirlwind, the Chimes are lose and the world of magic is at risk. Being an already avid reader of Goodkinds novels, this was no disappointment, love, politics, magic, the quest for power, I just coundn't put it down (Much to the annoyance of the rest of my family who were waiting with bloodthirsty stares until I finished so they could be the next to read it). Well what more can I say, heres to waiting for book six, can I wait that long?????
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By laurag1581@aol.com on 11 April 2001
Format: Paperback
In this, the fifth of the series, Goodkind has created a story that remains engaging as he explores the subtleties of human emotions, loyalty, and trust and relationships both personal and political. Granted it is a much slower paced book than the others in the series, it is however intriguingly subtle with numerous subplots. All our favourite characters remain in the action and the stage is set for another book.
Goodkind has succeeded in creating a book that is both intellectually and philosophically challenging while keeping the epic fantasy plot engaging. You will find less of the hackneyed magic and battle senario here (although they are, of course, still there) and more of a journey into the self. Fantastic. I can't recommend it enough!
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