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Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth #2)

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And Darken Rahl, from beyond the veil, has begun to summon a sinister power worse than any he has ever wielded before.

Armed with the Sword of Truth, Richard Cypher, now becomes Richard Rahl, must learn to control his new found power, or the world will spin into darkness unending.

The Sister of Light promise help. While Richard journeys to their forbidden city, his beloved
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Published (first published January 1st 1995)
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Richard Houchin
May 08, 2008 Richard Houchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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: .....
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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
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Michaela Anne
Jul 07, 2011 Michaela Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 it was ok  ·  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
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Andrew
Feb 02, 2009 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
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Jessica
Jul 11, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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J.G. Keely
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
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Rob Towell
Apr 03, 2008 Rob Towell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
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
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StoryTellerShannon
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
Jun 10, 2010 George Straatman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ariela
Aug 03, 2009 Ariela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Stephen
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.
Eric Allen
Jul 21, 2015 Eric Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Opinionated Look at:

Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Book 2: Stone of Tears

By Eric Allen

Well, I said there might be a bit of time between reviews in this series since I'm not being paid to do this anymore. Apparently I meant it. It's been, what, 4 months since I posted the last one? Anyway, for a very long time Stone of Tears was my favorite book in the series, right up until Faith of the Fallen came out and bumped it down to number 2, where it remains to this day on my list of favorites in th
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Nathan
Feb 23, 2009 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
+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
Gabriel C.
Sep 24, 2012 Gabriel C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
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
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Stela
Dec 21, 2015 Stela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I'm done with the series - unfortunately the second book was a big disappointment to me - very repetitive, with an irritating forever whining hero, and soooo long. As usual, the sequel is inferior to the first novel.
Angrboda
Dec 02, 2013 Angrboda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up
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.

A
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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
Steve
Apr 09, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars because I could not put it down, but only 4 stars because of some of the content. The story picked up immediately from the last book, and launched straight back into the action, building very slowly to a delicious climax. Parts of the story shocked me, and parts seemed to echo issues covered in the first book, but it was clear that they are very different books. As I said, the climax was rather delicious, and kept the tension alive, which made it real page turner for the last six chapter ...more
Blake
Dec 03, 2008 Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amelia
Okay, I'm going to have to give you all a little bit of background information before I can give my review of this book, so bare with me!

This last spring my husband and I decided to get another cat, a kitten to be exact. We already have two and knowing that this will probably label us the "crazy cat people" of the neighborhood we decide to go ahead and do it anyway. Our oldest cat is, well, a bitch and hates the sweet fat cat with a vengeance. Tas (aka The Fat Man) seemed a bit sad and we wanted
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Ms. Nikki
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
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Igor Ljubuncic
May 18, 2014 Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terry-goodkind
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
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Ricardo Portillo
Nov 01, 2013 Ricardo Portillo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bilbobookins
Jan 30, 2016 Bilbobookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There seems to be a lot of controversy and disappointment surrounding The Sword of
Truth epic on the internet. I"ve tried to keep my skimming to a minimum as my goal is to finish an epic fantasy series this year, and fate wove this one into my hands.
This is a solid book and the plot kept me interested until the last page. The characters act like real people (adults) who interact with their reality and world in plausible, rational ways. Goodkind is adept at creating a scene in my mind that is w
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Antonio Rosato
Che delusione questo secondo volume! Il primo si era chiuso con un "e vissero felici e contenti"; quest'altro invece, che si apre nel punto esatto in cui finisce il precedente, ci fa capire subito che non è proprio così: Richard Cypher (ora Richard Rahl), nello sconfiggere il malvagio e suo padre naturale Darken Rahl, ha fatto più danno che utile... in quanto ha lasciato aperto il varco per il "mondo sotterraneo" dei morti e degli spiriti malvagi che, ovviamente, ne hanno subito approfittato! Li ...more
The Lit Bitch
Sep 12, 2012 The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Craig
Jul 27, 2012 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vivian
May 20, 2009 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaye
Jan 12, 2009 Jaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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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)
  • 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)

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