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Faith of the Fallen

(Sword of Truth #6)

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As his beloved Kahlan lies close to death, Richard Rahl, who distrusts prophecy more than anyone, is confronted by a compelling vision - one that bears a terrible price. It would mean taking Kahlan away to safety while abandoning his people to a grim fate.

As savage hordes stand poised to invade their homeland, Richard and Kahlan's d
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Mass Market Paperback, 785 pages
Published December 15th 2001 by Tor
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Nancy McPherson She was raised in the ways of the Order and believes that by supporting the Order's ways and its quest to destroy magic and self interest she is…moreShe was raised in the ways of the Order and believes that by supporting the Order's ways and its quest to destroy magic and self interest she is serving the Keeper. The Keeper is death, but the Creator is merely his balance, so she serves the Creator through death and selflessness to serve the Keeper. It's a dissonant philosophy she is caught up in, which is why her conversion is so drastic, when undeniable truth hits.(less)

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J.G. Keely
Jun 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book has become an unusual point of discussion between me and my literary fantasy friends. It all started years ago when this kid from fencing and I were discussing what fantasy books we read. I was a Goodkind fan, but I admitted that, partway through this book, I just couldn't do it anymore. Something in me just stopped responding, and I never managed to finish it.

He creased his brow and frowned and said the same thing had happened to him. He'd been following the series and at this book, i
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Eric Allen
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Faith of the Fallen
Sword of Truth book #6
By Terry Goodkind

A Retroview by Eric Allen

Due to my scathing reviews of Terry Goodkind's more recent work, I have recieved quite a few people saying that "if you claim to be so much of a Goodkind fan, then why don't you review one of his good books." So here, for all of you who asked for it, is my review of my most favorite Goodkind book of them all.

There's one thing that many complainers have in common when speaking of Goodkind's works. They don't like h
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Shanti
Jul 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Not So Much
Alrighty, then ... I just finished it. I will be on to something else in my library for a while. Tired of Goodkind rehashing who characters are and their past relationships for pages. If one's been reading in sequence, we arlready know who they are.

There is two points that crossed the line of tedium:

1. Goodkind dives in headfirst into exploration ofsocialism vs. capitalism and totalitarianism vs. deomocracy with two of the characters for what seems like an eterinty. While I embrace this explor
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Jamie (LadyJai) Dement
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Faith of the Fallen is a wonderful example of explaining Marxism in terms anyone can understand. It should be mandatory reading for all US History and English classes. It takes you on a progressive journey of one individual, Nicci, and how she became the way she was, believing what she believed, and eventually realizing the truth in all of what she had done. It also takes you on a journey into seeing exactly how something so small as doing something "for the good of all people" turns into the ma ...more
Tendency
May 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Gabriel C.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
These are so tedious. More of the same. Goodkind is clearly a total hack, incapable of setting up a meaningful moral quandary for his characters and not really interested in doing so. What he wants is to set up a quandary for someone else, one that the main characters see through immediately. But he's incapable of doing that, too. The moralities he sets up are so ridiculously stretched that it's impossible to recognize any humanity in them. He sets up straw men to knock down.

Let's focus in on h
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Ashley
I have SO MANY THOUGHTS.

For most of the time reading this book, I was pretty sure I was going to give it three stars. I haven't given a Sword of Truth book three stars since the first one, which I read way back in 2009. (Knowing how the series turns out from there, I think that may have been an optimistic rating, and if I read it again now, I might round it down to two stars.) Then somewhere around the middle I was like, nah, two stars. Then I changed my mind again at the end. If I don't rate th
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
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. The writing style became incredibly an
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Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Dr. Zhivago, set in the Old World, Oppa Goodkind style.

Dr. Richard "Rahl" Zhivago is separated from his beloved, Kahlana Konfessorskaya, and he travels into the depths of the evil Khanate of the Old World, ruled by Emperor Jagang. There, he spends time sculpting in marble. Artist galore. And he tells us a story.

COMMUNISM BAD. CAPITALISM GOOD.

Mugatu

It takes about 700 pages for the story to be told. Along the following lines:

for (i=1; i<700; i++) {

He misses Kahlana. He wants to save the world from th
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Stephen
3.0 stars. Probably my favorite book in the series apart from Wizard's First Rule. Some think Goodkind got too preachy in this book and I can see that, but I found myself enjoying his passion for the material. Richard's ordeal (physical, emotional and spiritual) at the hands of the Order and his ultimate triumph was handled well and I think this book contained the best writing (though still not great) of the entire series.
Richard Claypool
Oct 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm even going to waste my time on this because of how much I hate this book, the bad writing, and Terry Himself.

Many years ago, I read Atlas Shrugged, and was reminded of Aynd's writing style in this book.

The first few books were ok, but even by the previous book, I noticed that the preachyness was getting a bit much.

Kahlan gets hurt, then, in FOTF, she mends with no use of magic. Richard is taken to the Emperial order to teach him the goodness of the order. We're shown; no, we're bashed over t
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Robin
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
My husband and I have both been addicted to the Sword of Truth series since my brother introduced it to us. We're down to the last couple of books. FYI- don't bother with the tv series "based" on the books.

This particular book makes you question the widely followed philosophy of always caring for your neighbor. This shows the dark side of putting others before yourself, essentially saying that their lives are more important than your own.

It would certainly be best if you read the books before t
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Joe P
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of the Sword of Truth Series from the beginning, I was very disappointed in Faith of the Fallen. I read the series because I have developed an attachment to characters Richard, Kahlan, Zedd and Cara. I am also a fan of the fantasy genre in general. From Tolkien to Robert E. Howard.While I enjoy Goodkind's writing style and feel he is a great fantasy storyteller, this novel is not a great example. To preface my take on the book, I must point out that Terry Goodkind is a follower of the l ...more
Ryan
Oct 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
In my opinion, this is Goodkind's greatest work. Richard is drug along on an adventure to the heart of the Order to help Nicci find the answer to the questions stuck in the back of her mind since she was taken away so long ago. The writing is beautiful and descriptive, the characters are compelling and the plot is amazing, driving the characters on to bring out their inner personalities. This book takes place near the middle/end of the series and sets up what is hopefully the downfall of the ord ...more
Aruna
Oct 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
There is merit in paying homage to a classic story in a modern novel, but when the homage is so blatant that it leaves nothing to the imagination, the reader is left with a wontonly masturbatory book. This novel is such a blatant rework of atlas shrugged that its only purpose seems to be to amuse the author. I've read atlas shrugged. I thought it pedantic and cumbersome. This book is pedantic, cumbersome, and unoriginal.
Mr Goodkind should stick to writing books about magic, not John Galt. Even
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Amber
Jan 30, 2009 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
Darkphoenix
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Faith of the Fallen is by far the best book in the Sword of Truth series so far and one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a while. There is a bit of everything here, action, a beautiful love-story, redemption and all of it was in the right quantity.

This book picks up with Kahlan’s recovery and Richard’s disillusionment following the outcome of the people’s vote in Anderith. He has left his forces to live in Hartland while Kahlan heals and recovers her strength. While they are in Hartl
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Meghan
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Luke
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, Goodkind's Sword of Truth series takes a serious nosedive in this book, and it never recovers. Goodkind gives up on writing a novel and instead writes a bunch of preachy Objectivist propaganda against political straw men that a child could see through.

Basically, this book can be summed up as "Richard Rahl teaches commies about capitalism." The plot deviates seriously from the previous books in that it doesn't really focus on Richard and Co trying to solve the magical problem of th
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Paul Schulzetenberg
Goodkind at his Ayn Rand-ian worst. If you weren't getting it from the already copious hints that Goodkind has been dropping the whole series, he'll make his black-white morality abundantly clear. This is the book where I finally dropped the series, though I should have about three books earlier when it became clear where it was going.
Julie Akeman
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of my favorites because it shows the power of art and I'm an artist. Of course Richard uses magic to pull it off it's just not that apparent but come on, he has NEVER carved out of marble before and was able to do a beautiful piece...never taught..and I know it takes many years to be a good marble sculpter but of course he pulls it off. I love how this series reveals another depth to the main characters. Khalan shows herself a badass warrior, Richard has a talent for carving, ...more
Tim Greaton
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another victory for one of our best fantasy authors..., Faith of the Fallen is bathed in both sentiment and excitement, and I mean both terms in their most positive light. Terry Goodkind never fails to weave a good tail, and the way he built this story around the beauty and power of art and sculpture is just further proof that he wields more tools and weapons of the writing trade than many of us even knew existed. If you, like me, yearn for Richard and Kahlan to continue growing while meeting ch ...more
Scott Johnson
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Ironically, this was the least rape-y of the series thus far, but it made me the most angry.

First, rape. There wasn't a lot of that here. There was that one scene where Nicci gave away all of their money and then everyone decided to attack her for more. Pretty sure that was headed in a rape-y direction. Then there was that one scene later where she used sex as a weapon against Richard by having that one asshole have sex with her because Kahlan would feel it via the spell that was the excuse for
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Andrew Webster
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading some of the hyperbole and absurd complaints about Goodkind and his writing style, I felt I had to stand up for him and this amazing fantasy series, The Sword of Truth. The worst kind of criticism, though, came from Keely, the first reviewer listed, because she admits to reading only the beginning of the novel before she then proceeds to crap all over the book and the author because of his political/philosophical ideology.

The Objectivist philosophy that Goodkind weaves into his plot
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Bill
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The "Atlas Shrugged" of high fantasy well serves its escapist raison d'être. It is a fun, distracting page turner written in Goodkind's usual flowing style offering just enough carrots to keep you going. Some may frown at the obvious Randian politics, but the good vs evil in the individual vs the state motif is not to be missed. May Richard and Kahlan live on. I eagerly await the stories of their son to come and the final defeat of the Imperial Order. But please, Terry, provide a map of the old ...more
Melissa
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Other than the first book this might have been my favorite in the series. There was no downtime, no boring antidotes about a plot line that didn't matter. This author does tend to get preachy and go a bit on in the war scenes and independence for all rants, but by now I'm used to them and they were few in this book. Loved how we got equal doses of Kahlan and Richard.
Vanessa
Mar 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
*dismissive wanking motion*
Ben Babcock
Aug 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Stephanie Chow
Perhaps the best book in the series so far. Once again, Goodkind deprives Richard of the Sword of Truth so that he can take him on a philosophical journey that avoids bloodshed and uber-powerful moments of rage. In fact, Richard is rather laid back in this entire book. This is justified by what he experienced in the last book and his disillusionment with his own methods of trying to beat the Imperial Order.

Faith of the Fallen takes a sharp left turn (no pun intended) at communism and doesn't loo
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Maja Helena
I know several people who enjoy, or even love, fantasy books. I can’t see myself recommending this to any of them.

It just didn’t work for me; I never really got interested in the story and the writing didn’t strike me as anything special.

Also, for a nearly 800 pages book, very little actually seemed to happen as everything can pretty much be cut down to the following;
• Kahlan was recovering.
• Nicci stops by and “borrows” Richard because reasons…
• Kahlan goes full Mother Confessor badass – I l
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Riley Rohloff
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this book the main character, Richard Rahl, gets taken hostage by a very unlikely sorceress named Nicci. She puts Richard in a very tricky situation by holding his wife hostage and forcing him to go with her into the heart of the Imperial Order( the enemy of new world) Altur Rang. Her goal was to try and get Richard to see that their beliefs were the correct ways to life a life. Richard experienced pain suffering and has to live life under the harsh conditions of the Order. Richard eventually ...more
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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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