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The Third Kingdom (Sword of Truth 13) Paperback – 27 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007493754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007493753
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.’
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‘A real born storyteller'
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'Everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy'
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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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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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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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Picked this up as I've read all the previous Sword of Truth books, and wanted to keep up with the full story. I've got to say I was seriously disappointed. The far, far, far too many chapters based around Richard and Samantha's conversations, with her every other question being "what do you mean?" or some other variant of the same question nearly finished me off. I was all set to say screw it, I no longer care what happens but somehow found the will to carry on. It does improve slightly after that epic conversation (literally 30+ chapters) but by then you just want it to be over and out of the way. Goodkind has gone downhill fast, used to love his books but this, like The Omen Machine before it, reads like something a teenager at school might write. "What do you mean?" I hear you ask, or is it just the echo of Samantha etched into my mind? It's simple language, without much description, just the author droning on and on and on, bit like me in this review. Quite sad to see a fantastic series being flogged to death and characters I once loved leaving me feeling somewhat apathetic about now.
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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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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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