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Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth #6)

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As his beloved Kahlan lies close to death, Richard Rahl, who distrusts prophecy more than anyone, is confronted by a compelling vision - one that bears a terrible price. It would mean taking Kahlan away to safety while abandoning his people to a grim fate.

As savage hordes stand poised to invade their homeland, Richard and Kahlan's devotion, not only to each other but to th...more
Mass Market Paperback, 785 pages
Published August 2001 by Tor (first published January 1st 2000)
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Keely
This book has become an unusual point of discussion between me and my literary fantasy friends. It all started years ago when this kid from fencing and I were discussing what fantasy books we read. I was a Goodkind fan, but I admitted that, partway through this book, I just couldn't do it anymore. Something in me just stopped responding, and I never managed to finish it.

He creased his brow and frowned and said the same thing had happened to him. He'd been following the series and at this book, i...more
Shanti
Jul 19, 2007 Shanti rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not So Much
Alrighty, then ... I just finished it. I will be on to something else in my library for a while. Tired of Goodkind rehashing who characters are and their past relationships for pages. If one's been reading in sequence, we arlready know who they are.

There is two points that crossed the line of tedium:

1. Goodkind dives in headfirst into exploration ofsocialism vs. capitalism and totalitarianism vs. deomocracy with two of the characters for what seems like an eterinty. While I embrace this explor...more
Lance
Recently I finished a fantasy novel entitled Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind. This is book six in a series of books entitled “The Sword of Truth”, a classic fantasy series with magic and swords and wizards and such. One of the main characters in The Sword of Truth books is a young man named Richard. Richard’s character is fundamentally defined by two components, in my view – the “angry young man”, and his belief in the nobility of the human spirit. Richard can be very angry and defiant whe...more
Tendency
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Stephen
3.0 stars. Probably my favorite book in the series apart from Wizard's First Rule. Some think Goodkind got too preachy in this book and I can see that, but I found myself enjoying his passion for the material. Richard's ordeal (physical, emotional and spiritual) at the hands of the Order and his ultimate triumph was handled well and I think this book contained the best writing (though still not great) of the entire series.
Jamie (LadyJai) Dement
Faith of the Fallen is a wonderful example of explaining Marxism in terms anyone can understand. It should be mandatory reading for all US History and English classes. It takes you on a progressive journey of one individual, Nicci, and how she became the way she was, believing what she believed, and eventually realizing the truth in all of what she had done. It also takes you on a journey into seeing exactly how something so small as doing something "for the good of all people" turns into the ma...more
Gabriel C.
These are so tedious. More of the same. Goodkind is clearly a total hack, incapable of setting up a meaningful moral quandary for his characters and not really interested in doing so. What he wants is to set up a quandary for someone else, one that the main characters see through immediately. But he's incapable of doing that, too. The moralities he sets up are so ridiculously stretched that it's impossible to recognize any humanity in them. He sets up straw men to knock down.

Let's focus in on h...more
Ryan
Nov 27, 2007 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
In my opinion, this is Goodkind's greatest work. Richard is drug along on an adventure to the heart of the Order to help Nicci find the answer to the questions stuck in the back of her mind since she was taken away so long ago. The writing is beautiful and descriptive, the characters are compelling and the plot is amazing, driving the characters on to bring out their inner personalities. This book takes place near the middle/end of the series and sets up what is hopefully the downfall of the ord...more
Robin
My husband and I have both been addicted to the Sword of Truth series since my brother introduced it to us. We're down to the last couple of books. FYI- don't bother with the tv series "based" on the books.

This particular book makes you question the widely followed philosophy of always caring for your neighbor. This shows the dark side of putting others before yourself, essentially saying that their lives are more important than your own.

It would certainly be best if you read the books before t...more
Joe P
As a fan of the Sword of Truth Series from the beginning, I was very disappointed in Faith of the Fallen. I read the series because I have developed an attachment to characters Richard, Kahlan, Zedd and Cara. I am also a fan of the fantasy genre in general. From Tolkien to Robert E. Howard.While I enjoy Goodkind's writing style and feel he is a great fantasy storyteller, this novel is not a great example. To preface my take on the book, I must point out that Terry Goodkind is a follower of the l...more
Kat  Hooper
This review refers to the SOT series through book 9.

Terry Goodkind’s first book Wizard’s First Rule was great! Except for the actual First Rule ("People are Stupid"), which was...stupid. The story had so many unique and fascinating characters (especially the secondary ones). I was in love with Richard; I wanted to be a Mord-Sith. The next couple of books of The Sword of Truth were pretty good, too.

Then...I don’t know what happened...it just TOTALLY lost it. The writing style became incredibly an...more
Richard Claypool
I'm even going to waste my time on this because of how much I hate this book, the bad writing, and Terry Himself.

Many years ago, I read Atlas Shrugged, and was reminded of Aynd's writing style in this book.

The first few books were ok, but even by the previous book, I noticed that the preachyness was getting a bit much.

Kahlan gets hurt, then, in FOTF, she mends with no use of magic. Richard is taken to the Emperial order to teach him the goodness of the order. We're shown; no, we're bashed over t...more
Eric Allen
Faith of the Fallen
Sword of Truth book #6
By Terry Goodkind

A Retroview by Eric Allen

Due to my scathing reviews of Terry Goodkind's more recent work, I have recieved quite a few people saying that "if you claim to be so much of a Goodkind fan, then why don't you review one of his good books." So here, for all of you who asked for it, is my review of my most favorite Goodkind book of them all.

There's one thing that many complainers have in common when speaking of Goodkind's works. They don't like h...more
Aruna
There is merit in paying homage to a classic story in a modern novel, but when the homage is so blatant that it leaves nothing to the imagination, the reader is left with a wontonly masturbatory book. This novel is such a blatant rework of atlas shrugged that its only purpose seems to be to amuse the author. I've read atlas shrugged. I thought it pedantic and cumbersome. This book is pedantic, cumbersome, and unoriginal.
Mr Goodkind should stick to writing books about magic, not John Galt. Even...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
Kernos
The "Atlas Shrugged" of high fantasy well serves its escapist raison d'être. It is a fun, distracting page turner written in Goodkind's usual flowing style offering just enough carrots to keep you going. Some may frown at the obvious Randian politics, but the good vs evil in the individual vs the state motif is not to be missed. May Richard and Kahlan live on. I eagerly await the stories of their son to come and the final defeat of the Imperial Order. But please, Terry, provide a map of the old...more
Melissa
Other than the first book this might have been my favorite in the series. There was no downtime, no boring antidotes about a plot line that didn't matter. This author does tend to get preachy and go a bit on in the war scenes and independence for all rants, but by now I'm used to them and they were few in this book. Loved how we got equal doses of Kahlan and Richard.
Ben Babcock
Aug 09, 2008 Ben Babcock rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Stephanie Chow
Perhaps the best book in the series so far. Once again, Goodkind deprives Richard of the Sword of Truth so that he can take him on a philosophical journey that avoids bloodshed and uber-powerful moments of rage. In fact, Richard is rather laid back in this entire book. This is justified by what he experienced in the last book and his disillusionment with his own methods of trying to beat the Imperial Order.

Faith of the Fallen takes a sharp left turn (no pun intended) at communism and doesn't loo...more
Luke
Unfortunately, Goodkind's Sword of Truth series takes a serious nosedive in this book, and it never recovers. Goodkind gives up on writing a novel and instead writes a bunch of preachy Objectivist propaganda against political straw men that a child could see through.

Basically, this book can be summed up as "Richard Rahl teaches commies about capitalism." The plot deviates seriously from the previous books in that it doesn't really focus on Richard and Co trying to solve the magical problem of th...more
Riley Rohloff
In this book the main character, Richard Rahl, gets taken hostage by a very unlikely sorceress named Nicci. She puts Richard in a very tricky situation by holding his wife hostage and forcing him to go with her into the heart of the Imperial Order( the enemy of new world) Altur Rang. Her goal was to try and get Richard to see that their beliefs were the correct ways to life a life. Richard experienced pain suffering and has to live life under the harsh conditions of the Order. Richard eventually...more
Tim Greaton
Another victory for one of our best fantasy authors..., Faith of the Fallen is bathed in both sentiment and excitement, and I mean both terms in their most positive light. Terry Goodkind never fails to weave a good tail, and the way he built this story around the beauty and power of art and sculpture is just further proof that he wields more tools and weapons of the writing trade than many of us even knew existed. If you, like me, yearn for Richard and Kahlan to continue growing while meeting ch...more
Paul Schulzetenberg
Goodkind at his Ayn Rand-ian worst. If you weren't getting it from the already copious hints that Goodkind has been dropping the whole series, he'll make his black-white morality abundantly clear. This is the book where I finally dropped the series, though I should have about three books earlier when it became clear where it was going.
Shelley
I normally don't add sequels to books I've read, but I really like this series, and it's been a while since I put one on here. I liked the first one (Wizard's First Rule) and have been reading the series off and on for a while. Love the writing style - easy to get into and hard to put down.
Artemas
Quickie Review: I found this book to be very enjoyable and Goodkind gave the reader a nice balance of action/plot/politics/emotion which was a little different from the previous volumes. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Ellise Loughlin
Oct 10, 2009 Ellise Loughlin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a good, enjoyable and developed story
Shelves: epic-series
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Meghan
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Reviewers of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series seem to fall into three camps. There are those who claim he's a rotten writer and right from the beginning. Why they're reading and reviewing this far into the series I'll never understand. There are pleasures in a trainwreck at times, I know. That's why I read the entire Twilight "Saga"- four miserably written books that are mercifully not all that long. But up to six books of doorstopper length? Did they really read all these? Then there are...more
Eddie Novak
Magic - The maternity magic is a stroke of genius. Goodkind pulled it off with just enough temerity to not overdue it. The driving force of the best book in the series so far is this one, simple in thought, yet elegantly complex in its implications. Goodkind uses it well to explore his themes of the absolute of reason and the power of art in a slave society. The best part is that Goodkind did not put Nicci in constant trouble just for the sake of thrills. Magic is finally used in some epic battl...more
Philippe Lhoste
Décidément, ce pauvre Richard n'a pas de chance !
Ici, il est encore malmené, devant vivre une existence pauvre, sans pouvoir utiliser son épée ou sa magie, sous peine de voir Kahlan souffrir ou mourir.

Il est emmené par une sorcière au cœur de l'empire de Jagang, son ennemi, pour y vivre la vie des pauvres gens de là-bas.
Terry Goodkind décrit cet empire comme si c'était un mélange de l'ancien bloc soviétique et du Londres victorien, avec en prime un fanatisme religieux faisant passer les ayatolla...more
Andria
Apr 06, 2008 Andria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Ayn Rand
Shelves: audiobooks
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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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