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Naked Empire (Sword of Truth #8)

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NAKED EMPIRE. It begins . . .

"You knew they were there, didn't you?" Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer.
Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence.

Yes," Richard
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Anatomy of a Break-up:

Going through a break-up or a divorce is never easy. The best of them are tinged with sadness and regret while the worst feel like a grenade going off in your chest. Worse still is the ending of a relationship that has lasted for many years and survived through adversity.

Well after almost 15 years, my relationship with the Sword of Truth series is over.

Given that these situations are already emotionally charged, I know the “right” thing to do is just to walk away and say
Mar 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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While I had hoped the decline begun in the previous book would be checked in this one, it continues on it's disastrous course. The ongoing villain is barely addressed, the introduced villain is a mere toady, who is not really threatening at all at any point, and the new characters are simply cardboard cut outs, devoid of anything entertaining or interesting.

Faith of the Fallen was a good book, and it's philosophy is an interesting one, good to discuss, even though I don't personally buy it. I wa
Igor Ljubuncic
Mandatory music for this review: Zamfir, Lonely Shepherd.

I'm going through my book shelf, and I see a few more SoT books need my attention.

Naked Empire should be re-titled A Man and a Goat.

This book continues the breathtaking suspense from the seventh volume ... nah, just kidding.

What we have here is as follows:

Richard acquaints himself with a goat and not in a good way.
He's brought democracy to the Old World, so he feels he should vacation some.
He takes his troupe on a walkabout, and stumbles u
Lara Amber
Apr 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was practically one long Richard is right, everyone else is wrong storyline. Goodkind seriously needs to stop writing that kind of nonsense. His sister went from a very interesting main character to a sidekick.

While portions of the storyline was still interesting, Goodkind needs to start providing secondary titles to his books so you know which agenda he's going to pound this time. This one could have been titled: Naked Empire, or Why Pacifists are Evil.

I get tired when his agenda kee
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who read 1-7
Recommended to Jessica by: Anthony
What Pillars of Creation made me question, Naked Empire confirms. Terry's writing is getting annoying. If you have plowed through the series thus far as I am and up to this one, get ready to recap everything over and over... We learn once or twice again how Richard came to be where and what he is now.. how he came to his beliefs... and on.. and on...

The best is when Terry's feeling especially recaperrific... imagine if you will:

Kahlan's about to use her confessor power AND SUDDENLY! It reminds
Mike (the Paladin)
Goodkind is finding his stride in lecturing us on the failings of our own ideals here (if that is they don't agree with his) funny I thought I was reading an epic fantasy.... give it 1.5 instead of 2 stars.

Look hard you might find a story between the diatribes.
Gabriel C.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
It never made sense to me that any of these books were written before 9/11. I didn't check the one before this but even if it was published in early 2002, it was probably written in the first half of 2001. So I'll just make the assumption that this was the first post-9/11 book in this series. It really goes a long way toward explaining all of the rigid, dogmatic, so-stupid-its-stultifying attempts at the crudest parody of moral philosophy. It goes toward the idea explaining murdering (misguided) ...more
Eric Allen
Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to do what I did with Pillars of Creation for this review. This book makes me too angry to sit down and calmly write out my thoughts on why it is so absolutely terrible, and insulting to the intelligence of anyone who reads it. I just cannot even with this book. I posted my notes below, if you want to read my thoughts as I read through the book, in lieu of writing out an actual review. I tend to use more profanity in my notes, and less professional language, grammar, and punctuation th ...more
Dec 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fanstay fiction, Ayn Rand fans
Wow! Terry Goodkind, if he truly is the author, seems to have gone off the deep end here. I had a strong love/hate, emphasis on the hate side with this book. I was driven on by the plot but really, really hated the philosophy that Goodkind espoused in this book.
What a long way Richard has come from the lowly but noble woodsguide who seemed to cry at least every other chapter of "Wizard's First Rule." Goodkind has twisted his own characters almost out of recognition.
In this book Richard almost lo
May 29, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I read the rest of Terry Goodkind's books a few years ago, and wasn't sure that I could just jump back into the series, but I had no trouble picking up where he left off. I remember when I was reading the rest of the books one after the other, that it bothered me a bit that he would keep reminding the reader what had happened in previous books, thinking to myself, "well, I just read it, get on with the story!" But now I appreciated those little tidbits about previous story lines! I always love a ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've started reading the series and now I can't stop reading. I liked this book better than the last one. By the end of it, I couldn't put it down! I would say way better than the Pillars of Creation, but not as good as Faith of the Fallen. But, still one of my favs. I hope the next book isn't too tragic.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Holly Norman
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a series that makes you fall in love with the characters and sitting at the edge of your seat with anticipation of what is coming next, you want the Sword of Truth series. Naked Empire is the eighth book of the series. For a book full of action the tiny bit of romance doesn't ruin the story and make it cheesy. The love between the two main characters gets them into more trouble and drags the story farther along. When the main character Richard gets sick they must do what t ...more
Jan 30, 2009 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
David Robins
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book the best for the process Goodkind describes in leading an extremely ignorant and evil (and thus vulnerable) group from "We need you [Richard] to save us" to thinking for themselves, recognizing value and individual liberty, and defending themselves. That's a difficult process, and one worth examining in detail to similarly educate people in our world. And also it gives the "no meat" taboo the heave-ho (after belief in it causes its share of trouble), which I always thought a bit ...more
Jul 31, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you want an author to tell you in no uncertain terms what is right and what is wrong, then this book is for you.
Brad Bishop
The end became very preachy on anti-pacifism, which got old really fast.
Antonio Rosato
"Ci sono momenti in cui l'unica scelta è agire immediatamente, ma anche allora bisogna usare la ragione, ricorrendo all'esperienza e a tutto ciò che si sa".
Questo ottavo volume, che inizia nel punto esatto in cui finisce il settimo, è molto più crudo e violento dei precedenti... e forse è anche per questo se mi è sembrato un tantino migliore!
Tutto il libro ruota attorno alle vicende del popolo del Bandakar che, millenni prima, venne esiliato dal D'Hara perché immune alla magia. Da allora, i band
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I literally just finished this book 10 minutes ago.

Where shall I start?
Maybe by saying... I LOVED this book!
But let's get a bit critical first...

It being the first novel where we get to see Richard's major character changes in action igsince his inner struggles in Faith Of The Fallen... I must start off by saying that I was annoyed with Richard for the first half of the book.
It seemed to me that his first 'speeches' to Jennsen and Owen in the beginning were condescending and belittling. I unders
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only gave this one three stars, mostly because of how many pages there were devoted to Richard explaining over and over why the Bandakar way of thinking was erroneous and the Bandakar arguing with him on why it was not before suddenly, almost simplistically deciding to agree with him.

I have to say I was also a teensy bit let down that the solution to Richard's magic out of balance problem was simply a matter of believing in himself, in being the Seeker, and in fighting against Jagang and the Imp
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update (1st March):
At long last, it is finally over. Naked Empire was fine but the fact that I had to stop reading it in the middle for about a week, certainly did not do it any favours. Once I restarted it, it took me ages to get back into the story and even then I spent more time reading about the book than actually read the book itself. I had thought about taking a break from the series but with just 3 more books to go, I think I'll stick around to finish it.

There were parts in the Naked Emp
Colleen Earle
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James Gonzalez
While this book is better than The Pillars of Creation, it isn't by much. The entire thing is one long preach about the evils of pacifism. Even without the preaching, it's still a poor book overall. Like a previous person said, Richard's sister Jensen has been reduced to a sidekick and good for pretty much nothing. Her goat Betty played a bigger role here than she did. And surprise surprise, Kahlan is taken prisoner again. Boring.

At this point, I'm reading the series just to finish it. I'm so ti
Maria Elmvang
I read the first 6 books of the Sword in Truth series years ago and LOVED them. Especially the first three are some of my all-time favourite books. Then I read Pillars of Creation... Terry Goodkind really dropped the ball there. I missed Kahlan and Richard as the main protagonists and it just didn't work for me, so I never got around to reading the rest of the series.

Now that they're all out, I figured it was time to finish up - I owed it to the first books ;)

And with Naked Empire Goodkind got b
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The people of Bandakar believe violence is abhorrent no matter their situation. So when Imperial Order soldiers invade their land to murder, rape, and enslave them, they do nothing to resist. They wait for Richard Rahl, Seeker of Truth, who is prophesied to be both their destroyer and their redeemer. But not content to rely on Richard’s cooperation, they poison him, thus forcing him to come to their land to seek the antidote.

Richard’s magic is failing him too, and it’s a race as to which plight
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoyed Goodkind's first eight books of the Sword of Truth series, dont get ahead of yourself assuming you will like Naked Empire - book nine of the series. I am currently reading it, or attempting to read has not been a page turner like the previous books, in fact I find myself forcing myself to read it so I can complete this book. In previous books, Goodkind's political and religious undertones are brief and enchance the story world - there are very few parts where they become h ...more
Marc Vanderveen
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We have a new big bad! Let's shelve Adolf Jagang for a time. He's half a world away presumably raping his witches. Because he's evil, y'know. A nuanced novel would have him be a regular but powerful man who believed and fought for an ideology so the reader would have to question why they have a vested interest in him falling from power. So screw it; he's a rapist. Evil.

I digress. He's not even important as we have a guy that controls the minds of animals and a bunch of hippies. This book is the
Dylan Roos
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like books filled with battles, romance, and action then you want to read this book. However if you have not read the first seven books that come before this one in the series, then you might want to read those first. This book follows Richard, and Kahlan, two people trying to rid their land of evil, and save the the lives of many people. They are two people who are deeply in love, but around every corner seem to meet something that rips them apart from each other to countless amounts of ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't help but feel frustrated as I read further and further into this book. The plot was interesting, but the overall theme of "Richard is right and you are an idiot" became quite tiresome. I felt like I was reading the same thing again and again, and though I'm aware that's one of Goodkind's known characteristics, it became almost unbearable in this story. I found myself skipping over or only briefly skimming large paragraphs in the last 300 pages.

Also, if I never have to read again about
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Terry Goodkind should stick to fantasy. He gets his philosophy in my fantasy stories, and then beats the dead horse with it. Again. And again.

A good subtitle for this book would be "Richard is Always Right". He likes to soliloquize. For pages at a time. It was incredibly dry, and worse than the incessant back story telling. Richard talks to everyone, even Kahlan and Cara and Jennsen, like they are completely incapable of grasping the most simple of concepts. I didn't think there could be a book
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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)
  • Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
  • 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)
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