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Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the forces which besiege the New World-forces so terrible that when they last threatened, the wizards of long-ago sealed the off the Old World from the New.

Now that barrier has been breached. The fanatical Blood of the Fold, sworn enemies of magic, roam the New World, unwitting pawns of the sorcerous evil at the heart of the old
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Mass Market Paperback, 623 pages
Published August 1997 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 1996)
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Wizard's First Rule by Terry GoodkindFaith of the Fallen by Terry GoodkindStone of Tears by Terry GoodkindTemple of the Winds by Terry GoodkindBlood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind
Best Sword of Truth Book
5th out of 21 books — 81 voters
Mistborn by Brandon SandersonThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonThe Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Most Interesting Magic System
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Ashley
Welcome to the next installment of WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ. Pull up a chair, and have a seat.

So before we get to the explication of weirdness, a couple of things of note that might lend context to this review:

1. With the exception of 2013, I’ve read one of these books a year. I can’t handle more than one in a 365 day period. I think I skipped last year because I ran out of time and also I didn’t care.

2. I spent all of last weekend finally watching season one of Legend of the Seeker, the TV...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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...more
Keely
I had to stop bringing this book to Junior High just so people would stop asking why I was reading a book about menstruation. Thanks Terry.

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Robert Beveridge
Terry Goodkind, Blood of the Fold (Tor, 1996)

Back when I was a kid, I was crazy about the various exploits of Donald Sobol's pint-sized sleuth Encyclopedia Brown. There was rarely a week where I didn't have at least one Encyclopedia Brown book out of at least one library somewhere near wherever I was living at the time. A fine set of books, those. Each was a collection of various mini-mysteries solved by Brown (and, later, his gorgeous sidekick Sally Kimball; after all, every sleuth needs a gorg...more
July
I stopped reading the series after this book. I like the premise of the books and the world-building was pretty good. I would have continued reading the series were it not for the juvenile misogyny pervading these books. For such a supposedly powerful woman, Kahlan is assaulted and almost raped at least once per book. Not to mention the dominatrix-type chicks from the first book (hello, geeky teen boy fantasy). Is it too much to ask to have a normal woman somewhere? After seeing no improvement o...more
Lubna
As a reader , I honestly feel insulted ! Why do events keep happening behind our backs ? And then all Goodkind gives us is a brief account on what happened !! Someone needs to tell him that when you read a book you expect to be "there" you know ?
And second , Emperor Jagang , the Keeper , the mriswith , and the blood of the fold ?? When did all this happen ??? Things keep popping up and names as readers we are not informed of to the extent that I keep thinking there's a book I missed!
Magically th...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. Another solid installment of this epic fantasy series and the last of the truly good entries (apart from Faith of the Fallen). Richard and Kahlan are great characters and there are moments a real fun someone muted by the less then stellar prose.
Bill
Since overcoming the nausea I had succumbed to over the romance between
Richard and Kahlan (it took a few years, no antibiotics were required),
I decided to take another step in the series. Like I've said in other
reviews for these books, this isn't such a huge commitment as these haven't been the types of books that hold you hostage to the series by ending with cliffhangers.

Blood of the Fold was OK. I really like the way Goodkind uses magic in
these stories, and I like the way he can keep a story i...more
Jeff
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Ren the Unclean
This book is as good as the first in the series. There are a ton of really cool concepts and magical things that Goodkind throws at you in this book, and he does a really good job with them. This book basically consists of Richard and Kahlan's attempts to force the Midlands into a massive alliance against the Imperial Order.

One of Goodkind's better villains, General Tobias Brogan of the titular Blood of the Fold also makes his appearance in this book. This character is amazingly written, being b...more
Gabriel C.
Mild trigger warning.

So I hope to keep this one brief. I think my reviews of the first two cover a lot of the ground that would go into a more extensive review of this book. All the same problems recur: plot holes, impetuous action, obvious stupidity by "smart" characters, a reliance on monogamous pair-bonding as the strongest magic of all, a reliance on brutal sexual violence as both the justified punishment of the wicked and the ultimate transgression, with a slow lingering over details that m...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
Tawnya
I really liked this installment in the Sword of Truth series. Usually the third book is not the best but this one was better than the second I thought; more action, and plot and seemed to move more quickly. Even though Richard and Kahlan are separated through most of the book, there is enough action to keep it going and finally you feel like the Sisters of the Dark and even some of the Light get their commupance! The climax is very riveting and keeps you griping the edge of your seat----or pages...more
Tristan
I wish I could give negative-star reviews. This was the worse book I've ever read. I had to finish it to rightfully declaim how insufferably terrible it was and now I can say Goodkind is by far the worse writer (any genre) that I've read. For those of you that enjoy this stuff, if you give it some effort you can actually find good fantasy if you look for more than twenty seconds in the bookstore, or superb fantasy if you look online. Try Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe, George R.R. Martin, T.H. White, Po...more
Devyn
May 05, 2010 Devyn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love Fantasy with a dash of romance.
A horrible third edition to the sword of truth series. Boring antagonists, empty plot, and an overdone romance between Richard and Kahlan. I barely got through this load of crap. Then Goodkind throws in a random nipple fettish ?? Somehow I feel that Terry Goodkind projects his sick fantasies through the characters in his books. Garbage.
Scott
So, it's been awhile since I read the first two books of the Sword of Truth series, and decided to finally pick up book three, Blood of the Fold. For all of the criticism directed at Goodkind's style of writing, I can say that the first three books are if nothing else, entertaining. Blood of the Fold is anything but dull, and is relentlessly action driven, hosts a wide array of engaging characters (even if Kahlan is not much of one in this book), and The Sisters of the Light were fascinating to...more
Chaps
This entire series is the same story recycled over and over. Showed some promise with the first one (Wizards First Rule) but don't bother reading any others in the series
Janne Varvára
Oh wow. This one was wonderful. My favorite in the series so far. Yay!

I'm watching Legend of the Seeker with the boyfriend at the moment, and because it's good, but not *entirely* up to the books' standards, we have a tendency to supply unnessecary commentary and altervative dialogue. But either way, it made me long for the books again.

I always feel though, that when I start a good book, I have to take the time to finish it, and that's why some time usually goes by between every book I read in t...more
liz
And again I say:
I liked the idea of the story. The idea behind the plot is good, but it is lost in the telling and it just dragged on and on and on and on and on and on... you get the picture.

After five chapters of this I finally gave up and found the novel in MP3 so I could listen to it and just get it over with. I listened to the book while at work, and while listening to it I only had to devote half a brain to it. I got the important parts and anything I didn't find important I could just zo...more
Vegar
Horrible book. The world Goodkind has made for this universe appears to have been made up while severely intoxicated or seriously ill with a high fever; It is horrifyingly simple, to the point where it becomes so improbable it automatically lands itself in the "Seriously bad fantasy" realm.

Sadly, Goodkind does not stop there, many of his characters and items as well as plots are ripoffs from other books. You will unmistakably fint the white witch from Narnia, Gollum from Lord of the Rings, the O...more
Katie
I read the first book because I enjoyed Legend of the Seeker and was sad to see it off-air just when I was discovering it. I had hoped that by reading the books I could keep Richard and Kahlan's adventure alive.
I noticed the many, many differences right away, and tried to ignore all the violence. I almost gave up when DRl was preparing to go to Underworld because what good person would think of such a method to get anywhere? I shudder. But I chose to ignore it and finished the book.
The second b...more
Emma
Aug 07, 2010 Emma rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone I really, really hated.
If you like terrible writing, redundant plotlines, inane characters, lots of rape and violence then Terry Goodkind is your man. Otherwise, try Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin or Matthew Stover.
Nisha


This book is definitely better than the second book in the series. The storyline about the sisters of the dark and their fight with the sisters of the light is amazing. Although the sisters of the dark are fighting for the keeper, they still have as much devotion as the sisters of the light which creates for great fodder of good v. evil.


I understand the point of the blood of the fold but do not understand why the author introduces Tobias and Lunetta in this book of he just kills them before it...more
Jostalady
Ok-you got me. I said Terry Goodkind is a pervert and I would not read any more of his books. Something compelled me, tugged in the back of my mind for months, to read one more book and am so GLAD that I did!
First of all, Terry is still a pervert. He is obsessed with extreme violence against women, taking pleasure in torture, and horrific rape. I suppose if he wants to unveil how ugly people can be, and is trying for shock and awe-he is a master. Though he didn't magically drop those themes, I...more
Kristina
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Ben Babcock
Aug 03, 2008 Ben Babcock rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ben by: Stephanie Chow
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Sara
So far, this has been my favorite of the Sword of Truth books. There are three major reasons why I loved this so much.

1. Even though this story rooted in fantasy, there is deep, DEEP, commentary on today's society. In this particular book, commentary was often set upon today's parenting and children. On page 72, "The young are lazy nowadays. So they sit and wait, to be given, to be taken care of, instead of seeing to their own needs." Then again on page 225, "Morality comes from the top, such as...more
Margot
Didn't actually finish this book because 1) The characters aren't consistent or deep, and 2) Was way too similar to, but not as good as, the Black Aes Sedai in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

July 2012 addendum
The first time I tried to read this book (the print edition), I got only a third of the way through before hurling it across the room in frustration--mostly, as stated above, because of the similarity between the Sisters of the Dark and Robert Jordan's Black Ajah in The Wheel of Time...more
Jessica
Not as good as the second one, better than the first one, but still rather bad. I'm hoping to see some growth as an author as the series progresses; he needs to learn that sex doesn't make something exciting and you don't need to keep bringing in villains that are more evil than the last to make something desperate. Also, what's up with the Mother Confessor? Can she have a personality now, please? Does the "strong" female main character have to define herself by her man? I'm getting sickened wit...more
Elisabeth
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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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