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Phantom (Sword of Truth #10)

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On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.

As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will u
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Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Icarus
Nov 10, 2007 Icarus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks who agree with Ayn Rand, but don't like to read all those big words
Goodkind imitates one of his characters, Jagang the Just, as he tortures this story and rapes his plot to the point where he stretches this one hundred page novella into a 673 page brick.

Almost nothing happens in this book. Mostly the characters talk. And talk. And talk. They tell each other things they've already told other characters. We've all heard of "Show, don't tell." Someone needs to tell Goodkind to "Tell, don't show." I don't need all this plot recounting. I don't need the same convers
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Keith
Apr 27, 2012 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard fans of the series
Recommended to Keith by: Tony Rotoli
Shelves: library, fantasy, gone
I'm still committed to finishing the series, but this is beginning to get tedious. Undoubtedly Goodkind gets paid by the word, because he keeps repeating things. He repeats things over and over. Granted, in a series this long, one needs to repeat things that the reader may have forgotten. But one does not need to keep repeating things that were just repeated 30 pages ago in the same book.

You have no idea how annoying it can be to read something where the author keeps repeating things over and ov
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Michael Hannon
Apr 03, 2012 Michael Hannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Richard is the smartest man in the world, do what he says.

The End.
Bob Milne
Mar 07, 2014 Bob Milne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
What is there left to say about Terry Goodkind and The Sword of Truth saga that hasn't been said before? At times, he has been nothing less than brilliant. Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears are classics of epic fantasy. They were fresh, they were original, and they were challenging. The 'Seeker of Truth' . . . the 'Mother Confessor . . . the 'Mord-Sith' . . . daring, creative, fascinating concepts, with believable characters behind them. The philosophical moralizing was heavy-handed at time ...more
Manda
Jan 30, 2009 Manda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Gabriel C.
Nov 01, 2012 Gabriel C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
I have truly run out of things to say, just like Terry Goodkind. I guess I could point out how nice it was to read Judith Jarvis Thomson in counterpoint between Chainfire and this one. Over the course of the series (9/11?) Richard has become what the reasonable reader hates in Jagang; his thin gruel of "life is the highest value" has been being used for the last few books to justify the wanton slaughter of civilians, who are guilty by association. This incredibly naive understanding of what mora ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 09, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-Hard Goodkind Fans or Completists
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
I think this is the worst book in the series, and until The Pillars of Creation, I was rating these books at least four stars. I actually used to love this series. I'd give the first one, Wizard's First Rule five stars. No, not because it's an undying classic, or I don't see flaws, but it was a terrific read I just sprinted through madly turning pages--I didn't feel its hefty length. I liked the characters, in some cases loved them, and was fascinated by Goodkind's world and themes. That liking ...more
Anya
Jan 08, 2012 Anya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to base this review upon the first 200 pages, I would have given only one star, if any at all. If you haven't read any of the previous 9 books (and let's face it, who on earth would read only the 10th book in a series of 11 books?!) than the first 200 pages of "Phantom" are an excellent way to get up to speed on all the important events that occurred in books 1 - 9.

If you have read all of the other books (like any logical thinking reader would do) than you will certainly share my opinio
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Julie
Jan 21, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm in it to finish it...not much of another reason beyond that. My god, I hate Kahlan and her perfection. It's over the top and yet still Goodkind tries to sell it over and over again in every single book.

I was finally happy to see Richard get the fact his love life is not as valuable as mankind, in fact to me it's pointless in comparison. I was sad to see it took so much for him to realize it, the Richard that was sold to me in previous books wouldn't have thrown such a pity party for himself
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Amber
Jan 30, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terry Goodkind is a superb author, and in my opinion, his "Sword of Truth" series is the best I have ever read. So good, in fact, that I have read the entire series three times in a row, back to back, non-stop. This series is *not* for children. The series covers many aspects of the dark side of humanity, in great detail, as the heroes try to overcome the evils in the world. Goodkind is not afraid to show his readers just what evil *really* is, that is, most often, people who perform acts of evi ...more
Robyn
Mar 12, 2011 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
While this suffers a bit from "middle in a trilogy" syndrome, where you're starting in the middle of something, and know that you won't get a full resolution at the end, it does stay interesting, and the story moves forward at a better rate than in previous books. As a long time reader of the series (and not always a fan, necessarily) I enjoyed the references to characters which had been left by the wayside long ago, who I thought were forgotten. But this book doesn't rely merely on nostalgia, i ...more
Leana
As an overall rating for this series I only give it 2 stars. I got tired of Terry Goodkind's attempts at shoving his philosophy down the readers throats. It wasn't that I agreed or disagreed with his point of view. It was more so that he completely underestimated his audience. If so much time wasn't spent on repeating morals and the authors view of philosophy, then the books would be probably half the size.

Now, as far as the actual story, I enjoyed it. I actually liked this book particularly. I
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Jeffrey
Nov 12, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Betty
Nov 13, 2014 Betty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, male-lead
When I first started this series, I loved it. I eagerly devoured book after book. Bit... of all the books so far, this one has been by far the most frustrating and nearly ruined my enjoyment of the series.

The first half of the book seems to drag on without reason. The first ten chapters are mostly spent discussing a spell. This ends up having some meaning later, but it takes so long to get to the point it feels like drudgery getting to it. The characters chatter on and on about it, which wouldn
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Jessica
Jun 12, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an ending! On the outside, once I got to that last page, I found myself nodding, silently congratulating Goodkind for a spectacular finish. But on the inside, I was shrieking at Nicci, "What did you just do?!"

To say that the ending on this book made up for the bulk of the story is an understatement. Of course I was disappointed to see that no forward progress had been made from Chainfire, and that Kahlan was still lost to Richard (and everyone else). And I was more than a little uncomfortab
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Emily
Feb 04, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was amazing. I'm torn between it being a triumph and a defeat. The emotions I felt reading this varied. I was happy the characters began to believe in Richard. He is the bringer of death and has the prophecy set out for him, but the prophecy begins to change. Or does it? What was once clear for the Witches and Prophets to read and understand, has suddenly gone blank. Was there ever a prophecy for Richard?

The key to it all, Richard, knows of the books he must seek. What book is the cor
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Ashton
Oct 19, 2013 Ashton rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think that I've ever read a book where the author intentionally tried to use the title of his book throughout the text. The first time it was kind-of natural and makes you grin a little that he managed to do so. After the fifth or sixth time it became aggravating and annoying to see him trying so hard. As usual, there were still a few small grammar mistakes such as thrown for throne in the book which is also aggravating. I found that Goodkind was more anti-religion in this book than he h ...more
Joshua Silverman
Aug 04, 2015 Joshua Silverman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sigh. I wish things would've been different. But this is the second book in the mini chain-fire trilogy that just didn't make the grade in my opinion.

Honestly, these books are overly drawn out and way too long. At least one third of Chainfire, Phantom, and Confessor are basically the characters remembering the last 8 books. Okay, maybe that works for a paragraph or two, but Goodkind drones on and on about it. I don't need a synopsis of what I've read, I read it. All three of these books could be
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Jo
Aug 20, 2012 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terry-goodkind
I been religiously following "The Sword of Truth" series since 1994. For every book that comes out, I'm filled with excitement and anticipation. The story evoled dramaticaly and steadly. However by the time it reach the "Phantom", well as you can see, it's the very first low rating I gave. The reason is because, it's just filled with recap of the previous books, no new or not much improvements or developments with the characters and plot. So, yes it was quite disappointing. Frankly speaking, I'm ...more
Darkphoenix
Mar 08, 2015 Darkphoenix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd write a review but then I'd have to stop reading Confessor long enough to do that and sadly, I can't... The end is so close....
Nicholas Gillen
Apr 28, 2016 Nicholas Gillen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Steve
"Kahlan stood quietly in the shadows, watching, as evil knocked
softly on the door."

With that ominous line, Terry Goodkind plunges us into PHANTOM, the
tenth entry in his Sword of Truth series (not including the
novella DEBT OF BONES). Picking up where CHAINFIRE left off, Lord
Richard Rahl is still searching for his missing wife, Kahlan
Amnell. The Chainfire event unleashed by the Sisters of the Dark
erased all memory of Kahlan's existence from everyone in the world,
including herself. But Richard reme
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John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phantom (2006) 682 pages by Terry Goodkind.

The tenth book in the Sword of Truth series. To me it seemed that Chainfire, Phantom and Confessor were more of a trilogy than the other books. The others all seemed to have a sub-plot that began and ended in one book, while continuing the overall plot. Chainfire, well at the end, we learned that chainfire was the spell that erased Kahlan from the minds of people, but that menace was just added to the other problems confronting Richard and the forces of
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Mike Isble
Mar 31, 2016 Mike Isble rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really?!!!
You did NOT just end the book with me still on the edge of my seat!!! Good thing I've got the conclusion to the series in my hands already!
Tena
Mar 14, 2016 Tena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half dragged on and on and on and on and on...but once you hit about page 300 the action finally starts to pick up and that's really the only thing that saved this book from being a 1 star rating.

*Spoilers from here on out guys, read at your own risk*

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Henrik Emilsson
Jun 23, 2015 Henrik Emilsson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Detta är första gången på flera år som jag inte läser ut en bok jag påbörjat. Den var helt enkelt för otroligt usel. Varje sida var en plåga. När jag gav upp efter 240 sidor hade det hänt lika mycket som det brukar göra på 30 sidor i en normal bok. Evighetslånga dialoger som inte för handlingen framåt. Check. Men det är i och för sig inte något ovanligt när det gäller de senare böckerna i serien. Det som är extra uselt denna gång är de galna och onödiga historierna om vad som utspelade sig 1000 ...more
Scott Haraburda
Sep 26, 2015 Scott Haraburda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Phantom (Sword of Truth #10) is the tenth fantasy story filled with a collection of wizards, sorceresses, and strange beasts. It continues the story of Lord Richard Rahl, who along with this family and friends, tries to save their worlds from destruction from Imperial Order, ruled by Emperor Jagang.

This book is the continuation of Richard’s wife, Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell , being eliminated from everyone’s memories, except for his. Yet, Richard was able to convince others that Kahlan exists
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Lourens
May 02, 2014 Lourens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The second last book to the EPIC Fantasy Series: The Sword of Truth. Phantom (Book #10) is definitely my favourite thus far, Terry Goodkind masterfully ties up loose ends from earlier books and sets the stage for the last book and conclusion. The brutality is just sickening in this one. Aa real page turner. By far the best fantasy series I have ever read. Absolutely love it.
Renee Cioffi
There seems to be a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to this book. I'm glad I adore this story too much to let a bunch of people sway me from reading it.

While there were plenty of times I thought the conversations were drawn out unnecessarily long, I don't see that as a deal breaker. As far as repeating facts from other books in the series: I enjoyed it. I can't speak for other readers, but for me, the reading of this series has been drawn out over 3-4 years. The books are intimidatingly large
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Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil its ...more
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Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more th ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Sword of Truth (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
  • Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
  • Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, #3)
  • Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, #4)
  • Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, #5)
  • Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, #6)
  • The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth, #7)
  • Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, #8)
  • Chainfire (Sword of Truth, #9)
  • Confessor (Sword of Truth, #11)

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