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Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  59,412 Ratings  ·  858 Reviews
Richard comes to terms with his true identity as a War Wizard. The New World, and all the freedom of humankind, is under threat from the Imperial Order after he had brought down the barrier between the Old and New World. The Imperial Order has already sent delegations and armies into the New World. Richard's only option to stop the invasion is to claim his heritage and uni ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 623 pages
Published August 1997 by Tor Fantasy (first published 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 — 103 voters
The Final Empire 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
246th out of 1,680 books — 6,357 voters

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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
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 just TOTALLY lost it
J.G. Keely
Jun 30, 2009 J.G. Keely rated it it was ok
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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Eric Allen
Feb 16, 2016 Eric Allen rated it really liked it
An Opinionated Look At:

Terry Goodkind's Blood of the Fold

By Eric Allen

This review is rated S for Spoilers.

That's right, I actually finished it, finally. So I've been going through the Sword of Truth series (very slowly) and reviewing each book to see if they are actually as good as I remember them, or if I've simply been looking back through nostalgia goggles. So far, there have been a few things that my younger self was too stupid to notice that annoyed me now, but for the most part, they have
Robert Beveridge
Jan 24, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2009 July rated it did not like it
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
Jul 03, 2013 Lubna rated it did not like it
Shelves: supernatural
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
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.
Jan 30, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 26, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ren the Unclean
Oct 01, 2007 Ren the Unclean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Gabriel C.
Sep 26, 2012 Gabriel C. rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
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
Apr 18, 2009 Tawnya rated it really liked it
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
Ms. Nikki
I had a good time reading this book. So much was going on. Everyone was fighting their own battles whether they stood next to friends or across the land.

Gratch is awesome *period*

Kahlan was being per-ty selfish at times, convinced that Richard was trying to ruin her. Wait. Didn't she say she trusted him completely?

Richard, while still strong-willed, made more level-headed decisions in this concerning his life and the people he protected.

Of course BotF had its down moments, but they were easily o
Feb 09, 2010 Tristan rated it did not like it
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
Jan 28, 2015 Darkphoenix rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Sword of the Truth series but there are mild peeves that are starting to raise their ugly heads.. For one, Richard's knee jerk reaction, every time he discovers something new about himself he is in denial. He was in denial when the Sisters told him he had the gift, when he realised that he might have Additive as well as Subtractive magic and finally when he was told he was the new Lord Rahl. It is completely understandable for him to take time to let it all sink in, but he doe ...more
Aug 07, 2010 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Antonio Rosato
La saga de "La spada della verità" è composta da 11 volumi ma, leggendo questo terzo capitolo (a cui si aggiunge anche la delusione del secondo), ho già capito che non fa per me... ma, comunque, continuerò a leggerla solo ed esclusivamente per sapere come andrà a finire!
Che dire di questo terzo volume? Troppo prolisso, troppo caotico e troppo dispersivo (con la scena che si sposta continuamente in vari luoghi del magico territorio immaginato da Goodkind), e due dei protagonisti principali (mi ri
May 05, 2010 Devyn rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 16, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Richard loves Kahlan, Richard loses Kahlan...oh my magic will prevent Richard from ever being with Kahlan again....Richard does the impossible and he and Kahlan are reunited.
Janne Varvára
Nov 17, 2012 Janne Varvára rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Dec 28, 2010 liz rated it did not like it
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
Oct 20, 2013 Vegar rated it did not like it
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
May 23, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it
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
Jun 10, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing
I found this difficult to put down, but it did take me quite some time to recall the overarching story-lines, but it didn't detract from the story while I was racking my brain. The action picked up quickly from the previous book, and used tension delicious building up into a prolonged climax. I would have preferred to see more of a resolution, but I was happy enough with what there was.
Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
3.5 stars. Not as good as the first two but still worth reading.
Jacoline Maes
I didn't like this one as much as the first two books. There were some parts of the story I found interesting, but most of the time it followed storylines I found it hard to get through. I am really hoping next books are a bit more fast-paced.
Jun 19, 2008 Chaps rated it did not like it
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
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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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Sword of Truth (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
  • Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
  • Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, #4)
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