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...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Icarus
Nov 10, 2007 Icarus rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Michael Hannon
Richard is the smartest man in the world, do what he says.

The End.
Keith
Apr 27, 2012 Keith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Bob Milne
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
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Gabriel C.
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Julie
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...more
Anya
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...more
Amber
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
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...more
Jeffrey
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Jessica
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...more
Emily

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...more
Ashton
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
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...more
Jo
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
Lourens
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.
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
Michael
This book was an inprovement over the previous book in the series. The previous book was 6-700 pages of Richard pining for Kahlin. In Phantom, there is actually a plot progression typical of the middle book of a trilogy. An interesting book, hopefully building to a strong conclusion in the 11th and final book of the series.
Mike (the Paladin)
Chainfire trilogy book 2, Sword of Truth Book 10. Nuff said I believe.
Bettie Campbell
I understand the issues that people have with this series and they are valid. Goodkind is arrogant and pompous- however, looking beyond his soapbox the characters and world he has created are amazing. I am absolutely loving this story arc he has created w/in the series. Chainfire taking from what he had already established and incoorperating several new twists is my new favorite part of the Richard Cypher/Rahl story. I also love the ending & the development of the former sister of the dark's...more
Michelle L. Clark
I suppose it's what you're looking for

Before I read this book, I read many reviews. Many seemed to indicate the book would be tedious at best. I am glad I didn't let their opinions sway me into not reading Phantom. I feel I have to address their complaints in defense of a very good story or at least give a different perspective.

First: Several mention the extended texts covering rape and torture. I didn't see them as extended, overly graphic, or unnecessary. It is a common practice of many autho...more
Janne Varvára
Sometimes I wonder why, oh why, I bother sticking to this series, now that it has so sufficiently fallen from grace. I dunno... It was so good to begin with!

That's a long time ago, though. To be fair, this one was at least not as slow as the last few novels that came before it. But that's probably only because Chainfire and Phantom (and probably Confessor too), read like one book instead of two (or three, if my prophesy holds).
This book reads not like a novel with a start, a middle and an end, b...more
Oscar
Empiezo a pensar que Terry Goodkind no sabe cómo terminar este proyecto. O lo que es peor, que se le estén agotando las ideas y sólo le quede volver sobre sus pasos para contarnos algo ya contado, pero de otra manera. Ya en este volumen, el décimo (aunque en España sigue dividiéndose cada libro en dos, con lo que estaríamos hablando del 19 y el 20), Goodkind riza el rizo. Si en el libro anterior nos quedamos en ascuas, sin saber qué le había sucedido a Kahlan y dónde se encontraba, en este los p...more
Jaimie
Terry Goodkind amazes me, in both good and bad ways. I am amazed (not in a good way) that he needed to use the word "phantom" on every other page! WE GET IT, THE BOOK IS CALLED PHANTOM BECAUSE IT'S A RECURRING THEME. Sorry for the caps lock, but come on, Terry Goodkind. Do you think no one will see themes unless you pound it into their heads for hundreds of pages? A little more respect for the reader, please. Also, I am fairly sure that no one is picking up the 10th book of a series without havi...more
Aisha
It took a long time for me to get to this book. I waited years between "Faith of the Fallen" (Book 6) and "Pillars of Creation (Book 7). I owned them but I'd read such bad reviews about #7 that I held off. Finally dragging my way through, by way of audio book while stuck in DC traffic, I was able to move on. And while I strongly disliked that book, at least it allowed me to continue the story. It wasn't until the final trilogy, started by "Chainfire" (Book 9) that I really felt the series revive...more
Danielle
Oct 24, 2010 Danielle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series

I've just finished Phantom by Terry Goodkind, the tenth book in the Sword of Truth series. If you've been reading my blog, you may remember that I was not thrilled with the last book, Chainfire. This one made up for that.

I wasn't thrilled with the way it ended - it felt as if there was an awful lot left unfinished, but it's the second-last book in the series, so I guess it was intentional, so that the last book could wrap up all the loose ends. I'm glad that I didn't read this one as soon as it...more
Steve Cran
Well it seems that this installment is an improvement over the last several books. The actions and story telling are compelling enough to keep the reader interested. There is less dwelling on the past that made his previous books very boring at times and caused them to lag. There is a suitable amount of action and surprises to keep the reader glued. I finished the book in 4 days. The book has many subplots brewing in this yarn and they all weave together quite nicely.

Kahlan Amnell is a prisoner...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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“Wizard's Tenth Rule
Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self.”
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