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The Third Kingdom [Hardcover]

Terry Goodkind
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Book Description

22 Aug 2013

From the internationally bestselling author of the Sword of Truth series, comes a new Richard and Kahlan novel, sequel to The Omen Machine.

The bloodthirsty Jit is dead, and against all odds Richard and Kahlan have survived. But a new menace has attacked them in the Dark Lands. Infected with the essence of death itself, robbed of his power as a war wizard, Richard must race against time to uncover and stop the infernal conspiracy assembling itself behind the wall far to the north. His friends and allies are already captives of this fell combination, and Kahlan, also touched by death's power, will die completely if
Richard fails.

Bereft of magic, Richard has only his sword, his wits, his capacity for insight – and an extraordinary companion, the young Samantha, a healer just coming into her powers.

Compelling, fast-moving, and intense, The Third Kingdom is a powerful tale that welcomes new readers to Terry Goodkind's world, while opening up new vistas of worldbuilding for longtime readers of the adventures of Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (22 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007303718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007303717
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,065 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

‘A real born storyteller'
Anne McCaffrey

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

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.


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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Love 22 Aug 2013
By Tyujia
Format:Hardcover
I'll start by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by The Third Kingdom. I enjoyed it more than I expected I would, and thought that it expanded on the occult theme in novel and interesting ways. These new items are what give the plot its vinegar, despite being sandwiched behind a wall of exposition and dialogue that seemed to last a hundred pages. I doubt Mr. Goodkind has the sense of irony to draw comparisons between this wall he sets for his readership and the one in the story for the Shun-tuk, and it is only once you pass both of these that the story gets interesting. And on that note, I have a bone to pick (pun intended) with the concept of the North Wall. It was an imposing, exciting concept, to be sure, but haven't we seen this somewhere before?

Let's recount just how many areas segregated ancient magic there are in the SoT world:

1) The Boundary in Wizard's First Rule
2) The Towers of Perdition in Stone of Tears.
3) The Temple of the Winds which is found to be in the underworld in Temple of the Winds.
4) The Dominie Dirtch (I think they count) in Soul of the Fire.
5) The barrier holding back those evil pacifists in Naked Empire.
6) The North Wall in The Third Kingdom

The SoT world seems to have an awful lot of these evil playpens lying around waiting for the good guys to discover somewhat conveniently late that the gates to Hell have been opened, leaving me with the impression that the ancient wizards and co. of the New World were a grossly irresponsible and incompetent bunch. Anyway, back to the book.

Prose has never been TG's strong suit, and this book started out well enough but later on it really begins to suffer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 2 Sep 2013
By Marcus
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is another great book by Terry and if you loved his sword of truth series then you will love this. Read the Omen Machine first as this is the second part. I alos suggest reading the SOT series as well before hand so you get to know the character's and really see there struggle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant Richard & Kahlan Book 23 Aug 2013
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Warning. Readers may find this book to be anti-social. Like all of the other Sword of Truth and Richard and Kahlan books, once I pick it up I find it difficult to put it down. Fortunately my wife is very understanding about this. I would most definitely give this book my full recommendation to science fantasy lovers. The only thing that frustrates me is that I now have to wait for the next book, but I know that Mr Goodkind is hard at work writing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much chatting, not enough story. 23 July 2014
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The underlying story is good (if a little repetitive) but the 40-odd chapters of drudgery between Richard and Samantha definitely have to be worked through.
It picks up around chapter 53 when Kahlan wakes up, and pretty soon after we're back in the fast-paced TG style that earned him his reputation.

The formula reminded me of the Pillars of Creation where the main story focussed tightly on one or two people, but there a lot of things were happening in the background and the dramatic irony sold it. Here the reader is as confused as the characters, so it's dull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Milking it! 23 July 2014
Format:Paperback
I don't normally post reviews, but I feel that I need to give fair warning to prevent you wasting your time by reading this drivel! Enough is enough, the SoT series is over, write something original please. This is just a repeat of stories that we've all read already. The book isn't even very long, I read it in a day while in hospital. I thought the law of nines was different enough, can't we have more of that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating 3 Sep 2013
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As an avid fan of Richard and Khalan I was excited to download my first Kindle edition of the new novel. A usual I was straight back into their world with the excellent character writing but was both disappointed and frustrated at the repetitiveness and lengthy descriptions of the areas being travelled. I liked the introduction of Samantha and hope this character is developed in further novels. I missed the interaction of the 2 main characters but still look forward to the next novel as Third Kingdom is a prequel to the inevitable next volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointing 2 Sep 2013
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Sadly Terry Goodkind is suffering from the same problem as J K Rowling. An established author, a guarantee that the book will be published and an already established fan base who will buy the next book in the series (myself included)!
This is the second book in a new story line for these characters. Unfortunatley he tends to ramble a little and the stories do not progress very quickly in some parts (The Omen Machine was guilty of the same). The story could have moved on quicker and been condensed into shorter books; perhaps 2 to finish the story not 3.
Having said that he introduces new characters for our hero's to contend with and some imaginitive ideas thrown in for good measure. Won't spoil the plot!
Not sure how long we will have to wait for the next in this new series; but I will buy it anyway! Need to see how things work out for everyone. Hope that this time at the end he will let our main characters settle down to a life of peace and tranquility.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flogging a dead horse then scraping a barrel 20 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
I used to think that fiction writers were somehow immune from the problems faced by many bands when they produce a few really good albums then slowly but surely churn out album after album with diminishing returns. Sorry to say that Terry Goodkind is also a victim. The sword of truth books started well but just went on perhaps two books too far then seemed to die off quietly. Alas Richard and Kahlan are back and this time the zombies are coming. Yes that's right I said zombies.
Mind-numbingly dull, Goodkind dusts off all the old cliches and padding for a B grade zombie movie/video game set in the D'Haran empire.
Like Laurell K Hamilton's Meredith Gentry stories it just leaves the reader with a sense of being conned by an author who just can't think of any new metaphors or simile. The book is almost entirely made up of dialogue which is tedious. Basically it's a cut and paste job from previous books with a helpful dose of right click select synonym.
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