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Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  70,675 ratings  ·  1,190 reviews
In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominion of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen. He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, who ...more
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Published June 10th 2004 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 15th 1995)
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Richard Houchin
Richard: we've gone from children being brutalized to the very depths of psychosexual sadism and perversion, including copropilia and yes, a little bit of pedo/necrophilia too
Mike: pedo AND necro?
Richard: yeah
Mike: at... the same time?
Richard: yes. I feel genuinely guilty reading this book
Mike: .....
Richard: it's unbelievable
Mike: Dammit amazon, why don't you have same-day shipping?
Richard: it's a book they would sell to children without carding them, but if GTA gets sold to a kid it's ho
Michaela Anne
This book is monsterous - considerably longer than the first book of the series, Wizard's First Rule -almost 1000 pages long. Needless to say, I never once found it boring,dull,or droning on and on. Every page and chapter in the book added something to the plot and the continuing saga of Richard and Kahlan.

The story starts right from the same time when Wizard's First Rule ended, not having to explain months or years of events that the reader didn't get to, well, read about. That always annoys m
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Ben Babcock
Jul 25, 2008 Ben Babcock rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Stephanie Chow
This book was bad. I found parts of it way better than the first book, Wizard's First Rule, and parts of it abysmal. The only saving grace was the fact that I'm a sucker for crowning moments of awesome, and this book has quite a few.

Richard seems to be turning into a Mary Sue (or Marty Stu, if you have it that way). Don't get me wrong--I love to torture a character, rip away his world, and do bad things to him in general. But you need to make them stick. When you send someone through this pain a
Stone of Tears, much like its predecessor in the Sword of Truth series, was an entertaining story written in mediocre words.

The whole of the book -- or at least every other page -- is filled with sensational imagery and description. Everything about the characters and the events is passionate, desperate, and extreme. It gets a little tiring.

Even so, I enjoyed reading how various prophecies unfolded in twisted ways, I loved the boyish friendship between Richard and Gratch, and I even wept at the
A huge disappointment after the first novel. I got through about half of this novel (hundreds of pages) before I felt all the meandering of the main tale and the love story were making the tale bland. After my glowing review of his first book I reluctantly gave up on this one and the rest of the series.

OVERALL GRADE: C minus to C; WHEN READ: 2001 (reviewed early April 2012).
George Straatman
Warning: this review is fueled by seething frustration.
I must admit that I did not actually finish this book, but rather did what I rarely do and cast it aside in utter frustration and bewilderment. My attraction to fantasy…as both a writer and fan…is rooted in the belief that fantasy is the most creative genre where constraints are virtually non-existent. To my dismay, I am finding that this is often anything but the case. While it is true that there are intriguing new worlds, systems of magic
It is always curious to see fantasy authors who don't consider themselves to be fantasy authors. Case-in-point: Terry Goodkind. The former landscape painter has told us how he isn't a fantasy author in every interview he's ever given:

"The books I write are first of all novels, not fantasy, and that is deliberate; I'm really writing books about human beings."(1)

"To define me as a fantasy writer is to misunderstand the context of my books by misidentifying their fundamentals."(2)

"The stories I'm t
Rob Towell
This series as a whole is very good. I found that once I picked up the first book I flew through the whole series, stopping only when I read the last one out. I then continued reading as they came out. When I started reading them their was only five books, now that the series is complete we can set the whole thing into some perspective. I will be happy to see the TV show starting fall of 2008 and hope it is as good as the books.

On the less than benign side, the author does tend to stop telling t
3.0 Stars. Good (if very long) sequel to Wizard's First Rule. Expanded the scope of the overall story and continued to add depth to the characters. The magic system is very compelling though the writing is often clunky and can sting the ears. Still, a good solid read.
+970 pages. Have you ever watched a movie that was paced and characterized well until the very end? Then it wraps-up so quickly you can't help but think the production team just ran-out of money?That is this book. 5 pages before the end, the protagonist still has no idea how to resolve the issues he's been coping with throughout the entire book. Ditto the secondary charcters. 5 pages out, no one has any idea how to resolve their problems, then suddenly the protagonist slays about a hundred baddi ...more
“Stone of Tears” is the second book in Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” series and it is every bit as good as its predecessor, “Wizard’s First Rule.” After the big reveal about Richard’s heritage at the end of Book 1, the opening of Book 2 seamlessly moves forward with more magical intrigue and adventure.

It all begins with an unexpectedly brutal battle in D’Hara, where Zedd discovers that something magical has gone horribly wrong. He knows that Richard is the one who needs to get to the bottom
Gabriel C.
Trigger warning.

Oh man! I filled both sides of an envelope with incomprehensible scribblings about how much this book sucked. I want to see how far I can get without referring to it, and then we'll see just how much I have forgotten. It's hard to say how long I can take this. What was this book, like 900 pages? 979, it seems. There are ten more in the series. 9000 pages, huh? Each one of these is more than half as long as War and Peace. Christ. While I was googling to try to figure that out, I r
This has to be one of the most awful books I've ever subjected myself to. There were trouble already with the first book in the series, but I foolishly thought it might get better. I've listened to about a fifth of this audiobook now and that's just about as much as I can stomach.j

Really we can divide the entire series up in four parts so far.

About 20% crying. These characters cry constantly. Every little thing has them bawling their eyes out. At times I felt like I was about to drown in tears.

Nikki ~The Critic~
I love Fantasy. Yes, I've seen these ideas and read these plot points elsewhere, but I love them so much I don't mind reading something similar, yet new, again.

I really feel that the repetition of words and phrases are ridiculously overdone as many other reviewers have stated. I have come to accept this (a little bit) and am able to continue on without throwing anything across the room. This will be the breaking point for most readers who give the Sword of Truth series a try.

Mr. Goodkind has a
Igor Ljubuncic
This is my favorite SoT book. I've read it three or four times in my late teens. And then I made a mistake and tried reading it again in 2014. A lot has changed in 15-20 years. But this review is based on how I felt reading this thing back then.

I even remember the day I bought the book. I stepped into a store and saw the lovely Tor cover. There was Richard, Sister Verna (is that her name), or is it Kahlan, and that garr thingie.

I opened one of the pages at random, and it was the scene when Richa
Ricardo Portillo
Apparently, I have two things going against me liking Goodkind's books, 1) I have read Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series prior to starting the Sword of Truth and 2) my threshold for misogyny is not sociopathic.
I am quite aware that Robert Jordan himself is sub-par and works off of Tolkien and Frank Herbert etc., but at least he used some discretion and tact. But Goodkind, my lord, he just rips off ad nauseam from Jordan's constructs and mythologies. Always staying strategically one inch away
Goodkind really knows how to weave a storyline with realistic characters in situations that build and build and build, seemingly with no end in sight. As in every great fantasy epic, the realms of the supernatural, the extranatural, and the purely human are explored in depth. Every book in this series rings with human experiences spiced with just enough action and intrigue.
The Lit Bitch
4.5 stars. This book was much different than the first for me. In the first book, I was struggling to feel Richard’s inner struggle with his new role as Seeker and hero. However in this book, I felt his conflict much more intensely which I liked. In the first book, Richard was a little to nieve for me but in this book I felt he was more mature and had grown as a character.

When I picked this book up, I didn’t expect it to be as long as it was (900+). The first book was roughly 500 pages so this w
This review should not be construed as a negative one, even though this book is the one that made me decide not to read anymore of the series. Again, the characters are interesting except for the villains. You never really grow to have any feeling for them whatsoever, they just don't have any depth. The plot is ok and flows fairly well, the problem is it is another book where the heroes are dogged by world-ending catastrophe that is only loosely related to the first book. On the face, that is no ...more
Wow, that was a very long read. After starting the Stone of Tears more than a week ago, I am happy to say I was not bored at anytime during the story even though is was over seven hundred pages and had small font. I can’t believe I just said that. Usually I get bored sometime during the book if a book was that long and had a bunch of information in it. I think that Terry Goodkind has a knack for letting his readers not get bored of his books. At least, he did not make me bored but I don’t know a ...more
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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
Greg Strandberg
I liked Book 1 and I liked this book too. I think the series starts to go downhill a bit beginning around Book 3/4, but this one is still good.

Why do I say this? Because many of you are wondering if you should invest so much time into this series and world and cast of characters. I think you should, but just remember that you can take a break at any time.

I took a break after Book 4 about 5 years ago and, well, maybe I'll go back one day, but as of now there's no plans.
Awful lot of raping going on in this book. Couldn't go 20 pages without some female character being raped, or being threatened with rape, or alluding to rape. I actually had nightmares about rape because of all the suggestion. Its like the worse possible thing that anyone could do to these women is rape them. It got old and it got disturbing. It was an emotional drain. I'm reluctant to pick up the next book for fear of reading more abundant graphic violence against women.

And the heartsick betwee
Corey Sanders
Reading the first two books of the Sword of Truth series has been like looking at a beautiful picture through tinted, muddied class. Goodkind has fantastic ideas, but they are hidden behind some of the worse writing I've ever experienced. Its like he missed writing class the day they taught show don't tell. There just isn't any mystery to his stories. He weaves a tale that is fun and fast-paced, full of imagination, but lacking intrigue. Everything is pretty much just as it seems and Goodkind is ...more
I was dissapointed when I realised that this book is no where near as good as Wizard's First Rule. I found that I had to force myself to pick it up and start reading, which is frustrating because I didn't seem to be able to lose myself in the Sword of Truth as I had before.

One factor of this book that annoyed me was the seperation between Richard and Kahlan. Their relationship was by far the most interesting part of the book, and the fact that they were kept apart for most of the book upset me a
I came to this book after getting wrapped up in Legend of the Seeker. I am just now beginning The Wizards First rule, but I picked up enough between the show and the many recounts of events throughout the second book that it was easy to be dumped into the story.

I read review after review warning of brutal rape, disturbing rituals and complaints that by page 900 there is still build up, but then the resolve is quick and wraps up too neatly. I did not realize the rape and disturbing scenes were go
Karen Brooks
Ok... deep breath. I confess, I didn't finish the book - I simply couldn't. The only other book I have done that too in recent memory (though there have probably been others) was Moby Dick! I came to four pages from the end and stopped. I think it was to stupidly and meaninglessly pay back the lecturer who would sit reading swathes of the book and scratching his balls in class, boring and horrifying us in equal measure. Between that and descriptions of whale killing, I'd had enough. :)

Back to th
Mar 20, 2012 Ashley rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: honestly, nobody, and i have no idea why i will continue to read this series
A couple years back I read the first book in the Sword of Truth series, Wizard’s First Rule, and it made me get all ranty and weird. But long story short: even though the book featured some of the most naive and derivative writing I’ve ever seen (at points, it was positively juvenile), and even though a large part of it read like a BDSM wet dream, I enjoyed reading it. It remains to this day one of the most batshit things I’ve ever read. So here I was reading book two, Stone of Tears, which I as ...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 14 books)
  • Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
  • 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)
  • Phantom (Sword of Truth, #10)
  • Confessor (Sword of Truth, #11)
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1) Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, #3) Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, #4) Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, #6) Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, #5)

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