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The Third Kingdom (Sword of Truth #13)

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From the internationally bestselling author of the Sword of Truth series, comes a new Richard and Kahlan novel, sequel to The Omen Machine.

The Richard and Kahlan series, beginning with The Omen Machine (which is also the 12th and final book of the Sword of Truth series) is a NEW series separate from Sword of Truth.

The bloodthirsty Jit is dead, and against all odds Richard
Hardcover, 527 pages
Published August 22nd 2013 by Harper Voyager (first published 2013)
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Terry Goodkind
Aug 15, 2013 Terry Goodkind rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If you wanted Richard and Kahlan to have a happy ending, you should have stopped reading at CONFESSOR.

THE THIRD KINGDOM is a Richard and Kahlan novel that picks up where THE OMEN MACHINE left off and a short while after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth story arc. The purpose behind this distinction may be confusing at first. After finishing CONFESSOR, I felt I had told all that I needed to tell about Richard and Kahlan. I was prepared to move onto new stories and to introduce new characters.
Eric Allen
Apr 23, 2014 Eric Allen rated it liked it
The Third Kingdom
By Terry Goodkind

A Review by Eric Allen

I was NOT looking forward to this book. I will freely admit that. The Omen Machine was boring, repetitive, laughably stupid, and it turned all of my favorite characters into brainless fools dancing on the strings of the plot rather than driving it forward as they used to in Goodkind’s previous works. I don’t want to hate books by Terry Goodkind. He used to be one of my favorite authors. He’s just had some really, really terrible books of la
Oct 14, 2013 Drew rated it did not like it
*****This review is intended for Fans of the series only.*****

Terry Goodkind had numerous contests with the release of The Third Kingdom. I entered most of them. One of the contests was to name who your favorite character was in the series. Expectedly, everyone had different opinions posted and I could tell no clear winner. Richard and Kahlan of course were listed, but so were many of the other great and powerful characters like Zedd, Nicci and Cara we have come to love. (And of course there is
Aug 20, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved The Third Kingdom. I was itching to write a review for the past few days, since i first started TTK, but i felt I would not be able to do the book (or anyone reading the reviews) justice until I had finished it! Having said that, once again, Terry Goodkind takes the reader on a magical and emotional journey. The depth and emotion, the detail and dialogue, bring every character to life enabling the reader to truly become fully immersed in the world created for us. As is always ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Garry rated it it was ok
OK, So far I am about halfway in this book.. to this point its very easy to put down and walk away.

There is a lot and I mean ALOT, of repetitive conversation..

"what do you mean by alot"?

"I mean it repeats itself alot"

"Are you sure that's wot u meant"?

"Yes, its very repetitive"

"I'm not sure I understand what you mean"

"Well, I mean it asks the same question over and over in a different manner and repeats the subject matter several times, like its just a page filler"

" Are you sure you read it rig
Aug 27, 2013 Dave rated it it was ok
Truly disappointed in this new series. I don't know what all these rave reviews are about but I for one have lost my faith in Goodkind. The sword of truth series was the first fantasy series that really got me into the fantasy genre, and for the longest time Goodkinds books were the standard by which I judged all other series. I used to wait In almost unbearable anticipation for his next book to come out, now I find myself cringing. Why does he feel the need to repeat himself every other paragra ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Lizzy rated it really liked it
(updated August 20, put most behind the spoiler tag, but they're not detailed spoilers).

Two years after The Omen Machine, Terry Goodkind returns with the second novel in the "Richard and Kahlan" series.

If you’re not familiar with The First Confessor, you may want to read this novel before reading TTK. Note that The First Confessor was only released as an e-book in English-speaking countries.

I was lucky enough to be able to read this book 1.5 weeks before the official release date. I read The Om
Roberta Otis
Aug 14, 2013 Roberta Otis rated it really liked it
I won an early release copy. Upon reading it, the first thing that comes to mind is it is much more engaging than the Omen Machine. The ideas and the direction of the book are interesting and breathe new life into the series. I like the introduction of new characters, and the foreshadowing that occurs. The ending is also very "in the moment" and I could not put it down. The only reason I would not give this 5 stars is that some of the dialogue and sentences are repetitive, and its a pet peeve of ...more
Jude Buffum
Aug 12, 2013 Jude Buffum rated it it was amazing
The Third Kingdom is an outstanding story and a return to the magic that made Goodkind books some of the best fantasy reads. The dialogue is strong, the story arc is sharp, the characters are rich, and the action is fierce. This is much more than I had expected. I like The Omen Machine well enough, but this book surpasses it by every measure. I'm thrilled that Goodkind is digging deeper into his stories again. I did not read The First Confessor but now that one is next on my list. Magda's story ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Erica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oooh boy, where to even start with this one. First of all, this was by far the most repetitive book ever. If you took out every repetitive conversation and idea, this book would be about 3 chapters long. 3/4 of the book were just blah blah blah, and I don't even know what else. I can't even remember what the hell I read, it was that boring and unimportant.

Then, Kahlan gets kidnapped AGAIN and has the crap beaten out of her AGAIN. And Richard gets kidnapped AGAIN, and then figures out how to use
Aug 18, 2013 Clarke rated it it was amazing
As always Terry Goodkind does not disappoint and yet again I find myself waiting for the next book in this amazing series.
Lane Paul
Aug 15, 2013 Lane Paul rated it it was amazing
TG's on a roll again. The First Confessor was awesome and so is The Third Kingdom. Now I understand why The OMen Machine read like it did. He was just getting warmed up. The zombie stuff is creepy as hell and I love where this story is going. It helps if you read some of the earlier books to understand where this book is going. Other than that, read on friends. You will be glad you did.

Is it possible to get a signed copy of this book? I looked but the editions I found were not signed.

The only b
Kevin Xu
Aug 21, 2013 Kevin Xu rated it really liked it
This is a great book after the last couple of books that the author, Terry Goodkind has written. It is certainly a change of pace in his writing. The book is not really that great until about 65% into the book. The book is about when Richard and Kahlan are both injured and needs healing. They are taking to a place where they have never been in the process they discover dark secrets that at the end ultimately will change Richard and Kahlan's live forever.
Jonathan Cable
Aug 20, 2013 Jonathan Cable rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Terry Goodkind book ever. There is not much more to say than that it is mind blowing awesome. Keep up the good work Terry. This book will kep you on the edge of your seat and not waning to put it down.
Aug 07, 2014 Tatev rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, torn
This was a troublesome book in many ways. It is both discouraging and exiting for me as a long time Richard and Kahlan fan.

I was very exited when I picked up the Omen Machine, but most of you know how that turned out. I was less exited to read The Third Kingdom for that very reason. And for the first 200 pages I struggled. And struggled hard. Repetitiveness (completely unnecessary to my view) made the good half of the book boring and long and extremely disappointing. At some point I figure that
Aug 10, 2014 Loryn rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was so fast paced it hit the ground running and didn't stop! I noticed the slight changes in writing style from the main series in The Omen Machine, and was a bit confused as to where it was going at the end until I read The First Confessor :)
Understand, any one of these books could be enjoyed on their own, but it just blows my mind how he connects these time frames, and if you read all of them, you will not be disappointed!
This novel really filled in a lot blank spots,
Sep 01, 2013 Genny rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
A very disappointing read. I am a huge Goodkind fan but have been sincerely underwhelmed by his recent books. His writing is extremely repetitive and not captivating in the least. The story was weak in that the characters were dragged through a plot that wasn't in sync with previous events from the Sword of Truth series. Worst of all the strongest and most interesting characters came off as feeble minded, desperate and weak, as if all the development that had gone into them was suddenly irreleva ...more
Izabella Rose
Aug 23, 2013 Izabella Rose rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 15 and up
Another brilliant work of art by Terry Goodkind. I did love the book but I will give an honest review because I know it is important to Terry as an author to have truthful reviews. With that being said the book started out slow for me personally. I received the book on the 20th (release day in the US and Canada) and started to read it. But I only got a couple of chapters in and put the book down. The next day I read a few more chapter and put it down again, I don't know but for me the book just ...more
Oct 13, 2013 Vannah rated it liked it
I am so excited for this book! I can not wait! I found out about it literally 3 mins ago. I don't think I can wait the four days until it's release. Pre-ordering as we speak! Terry Goodkind is one of my top three favorite authors. He got me hooked on long series and fantasy books. I have every other book he has written including the ebook First confessor. I am so stoked for this book.

Oh my. So while the story line was amazing, Mr. Good kind has gotten into this habit of over explaining
Daniel (Rick) Carlson II
Sep 02, 2013 Daniel (Rick) Carlson II rated it it was amazing
Having read the entire series (well everything T.G. has written) I have to say that I'll have to go through and read it again because I went through it so fast. Fast paced with several "OH CRAP" moments. I really can't wait for more.
Aug 27, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have followed Terry since I was 16--I have read every book he has put out there, and loved the series as a whole.

And quite honestly, this book could have been really good. Like 4-5 stars good (like the others)...the problem was the repetition. The constant recapping. It almost killed the book for me.

So why a 3? It was still a descent story, and the potential is there if you are willing to do acrobatic mind-flips over the unnecessary reviews of what was learned. Round about the 75th chapter, it
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
This book takes place almost immediately where the The Omen Machine left off, with only a minimal gap that takes place between books, the details of which are filled in a little bit later. Cara, Zedd, Nicci, and Ben are missing. Richard and Kahlan are still suffering from the wounds that the hedge maid has inflicted upon them. Their powers are gone due to the poison within them. They are trapped in the Dark Lands, which is full of half men and cannibals who would rip them apart to try and eat th ...more
Bree Pearsall
Aug 23, 2013 Bree Pearsall rated it it was amazing
After reading The Omen Machine, I had no idea where the story of Richard and Kahlan was going to take me next. Mr. Goodkind absolutely blew me away with this book. After reading The Sword of Truth Series, and watching an amazing 7,460 page story unfold before me, I had no idea what could top that. What could he throw at Richard now? He just defeated an army of millions of pissed off people headed by an equally pissed of Dreamwalker. What could be worse?
Zombies. Soulless people. Cannibals.
Sep 02, 2013 Brigitte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, and love the cover art too. When Terry showed us the green covers that made more since after reading the story. I'm still a little confused as who is on the cover, because when you look at the persons lips they look like they're sewn together like the hedge maid was. He told us why they couldn't print the green covers because it messes with the printing so they went with red flames instead, which is actually pretty. I love the cover it perks my curiosity.

The story kept me i
Sep 03, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
I love the whole Sword of Truth series (and with that I'm including, First confessor, anything that includes Richard and Kahlan, and Law of Nines b/c in my head they are all revolving around the same world). I was so ready for the next book because Omen Machine wasn't my favorite, but at least it meant that world wasn't over in my literary adventures. Overall, it wasn't bad. I felt like I had to slog through some of it, and I'm dying for the next one to come out, but it sure wasn't as great as m ...more
Jackie *Fire and Ice Book Reviews*
Sep 04, 2013 Jackie *Fire and Ice Book Reviews* rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle
"This review is originally posted on my blog" http://jackiecrazyworldofbooks.blogsp...

After the Sword of Truth series, I was expecting more from Goodkind. The Omen Machine and The First Confessor weren't very good books. I thought The Third Kingdom would be just as bad. However, I was shocked. No, it is not as good as the SOT series, but it has its own flavor. The Third Kingdom eplains some things that are not in TFC. Richard was the main POV in this book. Goodkind through in a POV from Kalen as
Janice Dupuis
Aug 23, 2013 Janice Dupuis rated it it was amazing
The whole series is truly awe inspiring. Mr. Goodkind invites us into a world that is supposed to be make believe with sorcerers, wizards, sorceress, and confessors. Instead, the books seem to parallel our own reality because there is always a fight for good and evil. Everyday we are faced with the most evil and cruel of human beings, but we are also faced with the most good and kind hearted people imaginable. People like Richard and Kahlan that believe everyone's life is their own, their belief ...more
Vanessa Johnson
Aug 23, 2013 Vanessa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Just finished The Third Kingdom exactly 12 hours after I received it. I loved almost every minute of reading it. I say almost because there were a couple of over repeated dialogue areas that I found erroneous and one particular scene that made me cry and broke my heart (loved this particular scene even while I hated it). I'm extremely glad that the Richard & Kahlan series is back and going strong! Overall this book is amazing and well worth the wait! I would definitely recommend this book to ...more
Jeni Moravcik
Aug 23, 2013 Jeni Moravcik rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone!
Recommended to Jeni by: My husband
Amazing, but i expected nothing less! Thank you, Mr. Goodkind, for ALL of your books, and for continuing to tell the stories of the characters we love so much. I am already impatiently waiting the next one!! :)

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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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“There is no such thing as compromising between civilization and savagery. Civilization must always defend itself against savagery or else fall to it.” 6 likes
“Richard straightened with a sigh. "People are often more willing to believe lies than truth. Lies can be made to sound pleasant. The truth, by it's very nature, isn't always so attractive."
"That leaves peaceful people no choice but to fight for their lives or fall to the blades of madmen. In such a situation, there is no middle ground. There is no such thing as compromise between civilization and savagery. Civilization must always defend itself against savagery or else fall to it."
"I guess that's our part in this?"
Richard nodded. "I've never wanted to fight, to be in a war, to see good people die, to have to kill. I just wanted to live my life in peace. Others wouldn't allow me that life of peace. The battles I fight have always been to survive and live in peace, not to conquer.”
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