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The Law of Nines

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,499 Ratings  ·  734 Reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a stunningly original thriller in this powerful page-turner.

Trouble will find you

They watch you through mirrors…

“Your mother was twenty-seven when it came to her. Now you’re twenty-seven, and it’s come to you.”

The skin of Alex’s arms tingled with goose bumps. By her twenty-seventh birthday insanity had come to his mother….
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Doubleday Canada (first published 2009)
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Eric Allen
Apr 23, 2014 Eric Allen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Law of Nines

By Terry Goodkind

A Retroview by Eric Allen

Deus Ex Machina - Latin: "god out of the machine." A plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object. - Wikipedia

MacGuffin – A plot element that catches the viewer’s attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction. The defining aspect of a MacGuffin is that the major players in the story are (at least init
Ed [Redacted]
Nov 18, 2013 Ed [Redacted] rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Objectivists who hate good writing
This is my first foray into the frightful and bewildering world of Terry Goodkind. Goodkind has quite a following in the world of Fantasy fiction. (Though Goodkind claims not to write fantasy, but instead writes books with Important Human Themes. His interviews are the main reason I have avoided the books to this point.) I read a novella of his that was included in the Legends anthology and was not very impressed.

But the Law of Nines was a thriller/mystery novel, of course. So it couldn’t have a
Oct 18, 2009 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex is an artist who just wants to paint the beautiful landscapes that reveal his hope for mankind. But he is at the heart of an ancient prophecy that turns his world upside down, and is forced to see it through by whatever means necessary. Through it all, Alex doesn't waver from the core of who he really is. And like his ancestor from another world, neither does he waver from the woman he loves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary fantasy novel by Terry Goodkind. It was a page turner from th
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I liked the first six books or so of Goodkind's Sword of Truth fantasy series. At first I found the characters and the world-building great. But while some authors (Bujold, Pierce) simply get better with successive books, others (Tom Clancy, Mercedes Lackey, LKHamilton) get bloated, self-indulgent, get tired blood. In Goodkind's case his at first appealing hero became the worst Marty Stu I have read in professional fiction, and his world-building, narrative and dialogue got more and more bogged ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Oscar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Goodkind fans only
For those familiar with Terry Goodkind’s massive fantasy series, The Sword of Truth (see Wizard's First Rule), it might have come a bit of a surprise that the author has chosen a slight genre departure for his latest novel. The Law of Nines is best described as a supernatural thriller, and especially the seemingly mundane beginnings of the book are quite a change from the usual fantasy worlds.

There are ties to Goodkind’s other works, though. The protagonist, Alex Rahl, is linked to the universe
Stefan Yates
Apr 03, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I picked this one up on a whim because I had a few dollars left on a gift card and I had never read any Terry Goodkind, although I had heard quite a bit about his books. After reading the blurb on the back, I was intrigued enough to add it to my stack of selections and make my purchases, it then got set aside and I forgot about it for a while.

Imagine how thrilled I was when I ran across this book on the shelf one day, started to read it and could not put it down. I don't know how I never read an
Belen Schneider
Jan 11, 2013 Belen Schneider rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who were riveted by the Sword of Truth series to the bitter end
Kahlan...uh...I mean Jax Amnell, with her thick, luscious brown...uh...I mean blonde hair and riveting green...uh...I mean brown eyes and her special smile she only gives to Richard...uh...I mean Alex Rahl appears in a world devoid of magic by traveling through the veil...uh...I mean underworld to warn Richard...uh...I mean Alex about impending danger to both their lands. Richard...uh...I mean Alex, with his penetrating gray eyes and impressive strength and cunning when angry, was raised by a qu ...more
Aug 21, 2009 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 01, 2009 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is strange so far.

well damn Mr. Goodkind, why do you torture us like so?

When a certain name came up I thought of his other series.

Also, Jax, Alex's female protector reminds me a little of Kahlan, the main female character in The Sword of Truth.

The idea is also the same. He lives in a world of technology and she lives in a world of magic. Almost the same as The Sword of Truth.

It just makes me laugh and want to keep reading it.

I love it, the idea about love just takes over for me. The h
Erin Hawley
Terry Goodkind rushed the finale of his Sword of Truth novels... to write this?? I was really disappointed with Law of Nines despite the allusions to the novels I so love. I felt like the story was a direct parallel to Wizard's First Rule, except in today's world. However, unlike Wizard's First Rule, there was little character development in Law of Nines; I felt like TG was relying on readers to associate Richard and Kahlan's personalities with Alex and Jax. Their love seemed fake and convenient ...more
Melinda Haas
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I would like it if every reviewer would say whether they've read The Sword of Truth Series or not. It might indicate interesting trends in how people enjoy the book. I would love to compare my experience as a fan of Sword to those who didn't like it as much, and even more to those who are reading Goodkind in a new genre for the first time. Might make a good discussion for the sci-fi/ fantasy group as more people get the book and start reading. I bet the author and publisher would also like to kn ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Terry Goodkind's new book, the Law of Nines. Before I go on, I will warn there are spoilers in this review.

I loved Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. Finally, some fantasy with depth and vision. What made that series so incredible was the way he mixed in philosophy (the objectivism found in Ayn Rand's books) with a really great and entertaining fantasy tale. Richard and Kahlan, the two main characters in that series, were believable as lovers and as heroes. They both progressed an
Oct 12, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
After reading "Wizard's First Rule" earlier this year, I wasn't inclined to pick up any more of Terry Goodkind's fantasy novels. So, when I heard that his new novel, "The Law of Nines" was an attempt to take his writing in another direction with a novel that was labeled as a thriller, I decided I'd give Goodkind another chance.

Unfortunately, every issue I had with "Wizard" was on display here in "Nines."

Alex is an artist, living painting to painting. On his 27th birthday, he rescues a beautiful
Aug 28, 2009 Tulara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am usually reluctant to read what I call "changeover" books - authors who cross their specialty writing to another. Terry Goodkind wrote a new book, but it's a mystery thriller type of book. Oh, it has magic and the Terry Goodkind guy who doesn't know he's to save the world kind of formula. I was getting really engrossed, but then the "hero's" last name was Rahl. As in Darken Rahl, Richard Rahl...??? sword of truth anyone? And I'm not even going to tell you the last name of the woman of magic ...more
I was keenly reminded upon finishing this book that I should have remembered my vow to never read Terry Goodkind ever again.
Contrary to the summary provided on goodreads for this book, I did NOT think that Goodkind "proved he could jump genres."

Though I had my stickler points with Goodkind's epic Sword of Truth fantasy series, mostly having to do with the fact that Goodkind is a stark objectivist and licks Ayn Rand's cold dead feet every night before going to bed. Aside from that, I really enjoyed that series. It was clever and dramatic.

This however, was a mostly failed attempt to "jump genres" but really not do anyt
Jul 23, 2011 Kendra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-owned-books
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Jan 01, 2011 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, let me say I was very disappointed in the Sword of Truth finale. I was first drawn into his Sword of Truth series because of the descriptions of the characters and the world that just made it all feel real. Towards the end of the series, though, the books seemed to be shallow. I continued to read them, though, because by that point I had to know how it all worked out for Lord Rahl and Kahlan. The last book seemed to be written as though TG was tired of the whole thing and had one more cho ...more
Jul 07, 2009 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 21, 2014 Cole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What. The. Fuck?!? Don't waste your time with this repetitive predictable attempt at writing. What happened to the author who wrote the first few Sword of Truth books?
Oct 03, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Irene Lemaire
I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn't expect it to be what it was. I read the Sword of Truth series and I absolutely loved it - I've had a hard time finding other things to read that matched up to it. When I saw this book I was excited to start reading it, thinking that it was going to be a whole new adventure. Something new to really sink my teeth into.

It turned out to be a spin off from the Sword of Truth series - and while I loved that one - I had put it to bed. I was actually a lit
As you can see from the dates - July 8th-July 19th - this one took me a while to finish. Really it was an easy read, i.e. not full of harrowing language I have to squint at to try & understand. But I found bits of it quite frustrating. Actually, the main thing I found frustrating was the main character, the hero Alex!

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem before, but while I was reading this book, I got REALLY annoyed with Alex sometimes. When he first met Jax and was doubting that
Jul 16, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lot of people disliked this book. And I get that. It moved slower in parts that it should have and focused on unimportant details.

And if you are familiar with Goodkind's works, you know how inclined he is to slip in his political opinions, especially his later books (which I hate, because it usually has little to do with telling a good story and more to do with him trying to seduce you into subconsciously adopting his political views). This book was not saved from his weaving of political str
Mo Hammer!
I'm nervous about dipping into this monstrosity. The first couple of chapters have me looking at the back cover to make sure that I am, indeed, reading a work by Mr. Goodkind. The words dance across the page like a stiffly choreographed sequence geared to a specific audience. Unlike other Goodkind fantasies, this story seems a bit contrived...forced...???...whatever it is, I like the mystique of the lady with the "knowing eyes", and I hope the story takes on a life of its own in subsequent chapt ...more
Sep 20, 2009 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought Goodkind was going in a different direction and writing something contemporary. I was surprised when I discovered the main character in this book was a Rahl... and that there was a connection with WFR. At first I was excited and liked uncovering all of the connections. Then, it started to get disappointing because the little hints of the other world just served as reminders of how good that story was... and how flat the story of the law of nines was in comparison. Alex and Jax were OK ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. If you liked the Sword of Truth series, you'll probably like this one. Because it's EXACTLY THE SAME. The heroes are are more morally pure that Mother Theresa, but angry enough to shoot someone in the head without warning (and always a good shot); the villains are almost comically evil and ruthlessl the heroes always become possessed of sudden knowledge at the end that explains everything. The protagonists even have the same last names as those in the previous series.

All that said,
Tracy Gettings
This is my second time reading through The Sword of Truth series and the following Law of Nines book. The first time I read them I was pretty young, so I didn't quite grasp the concept of political and social views in the series. While I absolutely love The Sword of Truth series and all it teaches and represents, The Law of Nines falls a bit short. The whole book seemed to be packed in so that it didn't have to be turned into a trilogy, or even series. It was kind of like a repeat of the origina ...more
Cindy Newton
Feb 26, 2012 Cindy Newton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I abandoned the book on page 77. The writing was boring and amateurish, with lots of unnecessary detail that did not add to the story. Since I had never read Terry Goodkind before, I wasn't sure if this was typical for him. I went to Amazon to read the reviews. Sure enough, there were lots of loyal Goodkind fans who hated this book. They were full of praise for his Sword of Truth series, so I will probably try that in the future, but don't waste your time on this one!
Elena Perini
Sep 23, 2015 Elena Perini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In questo libro l’autore riesce magnificamente a mescolare il fantasy con il thriller, rendendolo davvero un libro da leggere tutto d’un fiato. E’ un maestro nell'incastrare tutti gli avvenimenti e alla fine ti sorprende sempre.
Alex e Jax mi ricordano molto Richard e Kahlan della saga “La spada della verità” sempre di T.Goodkind e ci sono alcuni rimandi proprio a questa saga.
Entrambi i protagonisti sono belli, intelligenti, dal carattere forte e determinato, e tra di loro c’è un’alchimia davvero
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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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