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Stone of Tears

(Sword of Truth #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  109,650 ratings  ·  1,814 reviews
In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominance of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen. He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, wh ...more
Hardcover, 703 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Tor Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Not as good as the first book but I still loved it

Happy Reading!

Mel ❤️
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
My 2019 reread of the Sword of Truth continued with Stone of Tears and I'm happy to say the reread is going well so far as I quite enjoyed this one. Despite its flaws and Goodkind's crazy morality this still proved to be a fun and engaging 1990s style fantasy epic. It had a great mix of fun magic, intriguing characters, and a plot that was interesting enough to hold my attention from start to finish with very few dull spots or lulls. Pretty impressive considering the audio for Stone of Tears is ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth #2), Terry Goodkind
Stone Of Tears is the second book in Terry Goodkind's epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth. With Darken Rahl defeated, Richard and Kahlan head back to the Mud People to be married. As they wait for their wedding day to approach, they discover three Sisters of Light are pursuing Richard, intending to take him back to the Old World to be trained as a Wizard. Additionally, unbeknownst to Richard and Kahlan, the veil has been torn and the Stone of
Richard Houchin
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Richard: we've gone from children being brutalized to the very depths of psychosexual sadism and perversion, including copropilia and yes, a little bit of pedo/necrophilia too
Mike: pedo AND necro?
Richard: yeah
Mike: at... the same time?
Richard: yes. I feel genuinely guilty reading this book
Mike: .....
Richard: it's unbelievable
Mike: Dammit amazon, why don't you have same-day shipping?
Richard: it's a book they would sell to children without carding them, but if GTA gets sold to a kid it's ho
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is monsterous - considerably longer than the first book of the series, Wizard's First Rule -almost 1000 pages long. Needless to say, I never once found it boring,dull,or droning on and on. Every page and chapter in the book added something to the plot and the continuing saga of Richard and Kahlan.

The story starts right from the same time when Wizard's First Rule ended, not having to explain months or years of events that the reader didn't get to, well, read about. That always annoys m
Kara Babcock
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kara by: Stephanie Chow
This book was bad. I found parts of it way better than the first book, Wizard's First Rule, and parts of it abysmal. The only saving grace was the fact that I'm a sucker for crowning moments of awesome, and this book has quite a few.

Richard seems to be turning into a Mary Sue (or Marty Stu, if you have it that way). Don't get me wrong--I love to torture a character, rip away his world, and do bad things to him in general. But you need to make them stick. When you send someone through this pain a
J.G. Keely
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
It is always curious to see fantasy authors who don't consider themselves to be fantasy authors. Case-in-point: Terry Goodkind. The former landscape painter has told us how he isn't a fantasy author in every interview he's ever given:

"The books I write are first of all novels, not fantasy, and that is deliberate; I'm really writing books about human beings."(1)

"To define me as a fantasy writer is to misunderstand the context of my books by misidentifying their fundamentals."(2)

"The stories I'm t
Jan 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
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Okay, I'm going to have to give you all a little bit of background information before I can give my review of this book, so bare with me!

This last spring my husband and I decided to get another cat, a kitten to be exact. We already have two and knowing that this will probably label us the "crazy cat people" of the neighborhood we decide to go ahead and do it anyway. Our oldest cat is, well, a bitch and hates the sweet fat cat with a vengeance. Tas (aka The Fat Man) seemed a bit sad and we wanted
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite SoT book. I've read it three or four times in my late teens. And then I made a mistake and tried reading it again in 2014. A lot has changed in 15-20 years. But this review is based on how I felt reading this thing back then.

I even remember the day I bought the book. I stepped into a store and saw the lovely Tor cover. There was Richard, Sister Verna (is that her name), or is it Kahlan, and that garr thingie.

I opened one of the pages at random, and it was the scene when Richa
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Stone of Tears, much like its predecessor in the Sword of Truth series, was an entertaining story written in mediocre words.

The whole of the book -- or at least every other page -- is filled with sensational imagery and description. Everything about the characters and the events is passionate, desperate, and extreme. It gets a little tiring.

Even so, I enjoyed reading how various prophecies unfolded in twisted ways, I loved the boyish friendship between Richard and Gratch, and I even wept at the
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic continuation of the series, with some new themes to freshen things up. I really fell in love with these characters, and there was plenty of action and adventure to keep things interesting.

Solid follow up to Wizard's First Rule.
Nov 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
A huge disappointment after the first novel. I got through about half of this novel (hundreds of pages) before I felt all the meandering of the main tale and the love story were making the tale bland. After my glowing review of his first book I reluctantly gave up on this one and the rest of the series.

OVERALL GRADE: C minus to C; WHEN READ: 2001 (reviewed early April 2012).
May 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: honestly, nobody, and i have no idea why i will continue to read this series
A couple years back I read the first book in the Sword of Truth series, Wizard’s First Rule, and it made me get all ranty and weird. But long story short: even though the book featured some of the most naive and derivative writing I’ve ever seen (at points, it was positively juvenile), and even though a large part of it read like a BDSM wet dream, I enjoyed reading it. It remains to this day one of the most batshit things I’ve ever read. So here I was reading book two, Stone of Tears, which I as ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of you may say that the writing is bad. I'd say not great but not bad either.
Some of you may say the characters are a bit whiny and the dialogues a little kiddish. I'd have to agree with that.

Then why the hell 5 stars?! you'll ask.

I'd say:

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for a damn good story! Original and entertaining from beginning to end!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for magic and prophecies, for love and friendship, for bravery and sacrifice!
and last but by far not least
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for Gratch!


This series has true evil and true goodness. This has deep magic and war.

Finally an author who not only has good ideas but true writing talent putting so many others in their tiny places.

Fuck best sellers with nothing inside I could read Terry Goodkind all day.

Again I feel like my brain grew some new smart cells while reading this. He is so skilled at describing the mental state and progress of his characters and has the most scintillating dialogues. Not to mention how much ph
George Straatman
Apr 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Warning: this review is fueled by seething frustration.
I must admit that I did not actually finish this book, but rather did what I rarely do and cast it aside in utter frustration and bewilderment. My attraction to fantasy…as both a writer and fan…is rooted in the belief that fantasy is the most creative genre where constraints are virtually non-existent. To my dismay, I am finding that this is often anything but the case. While it is true that there are intriguing new worlds, systems of magic
Aug 15, 2008 rated it liked it
3.0 Stars. Good (if very long) sequel to Wizard's First Rule. Expanded the scope of the overall story and continued to add depth to the characters. The magic system is very compelling though the writing is often clunky and can sting the ears. Still, a good solid read. ...more
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Uh, parts of this were just fine but the romantic parts were so saccharine I wanted to gouge my eyes out and I'm a person who can only be described as a super-mega romance reader... I loved book 1, but this one I could barely get through. ...more
Eric Allen
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
An Opinionated Look at:

Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Book 2: Stone of Tears

By Eric Allen

Well, I said there might be a bit of time between reviews in this series since I'm not being paid to do this anymore. Apparently I meant it. It's been, what, 4 months since I posted the last one? Anyway, for a very long time Stone of Tears was my favorite book in the series, right up until Faith of the Fallen came out and bumped it down to number 2, where it remains to this day on my list of favorites in th
Let’s call this 2.5 stars for my reading experience of this volume. I was quite shocked, as I had enjoyed the first book enough to give it 3.5 stars. But reading this one just wore me down. Just as the first volume dwelt lingeringly and lovingly on Denna’s torture of Richard, this volume seems to document the brutality and misogyny of the Imperial army in the same way.

Finally, just over 80% of the way through, I reached a point where I just couldn’t take any more and resolved to set the book as
Rob Towell
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read
This series as a whole is very good. I found that once I picked up the first book I flew through the whole series, stopping only when I read the last one out. I then continued reading as they came out. When I started reading them their was only five books, now that the series is complete we can set the whole thing into some perspective. I will be happy to see the TV show starting fall of 2008 and hope it is as good as the books.

On the less than benign side, the author does tend to stop telling t
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-up
This has to be one of the most awful books I've ever subjected myself to. There were trouble already with the first book in the series, but I foolishly thought it might get better. I've listened to about a fifth of this audiobook now and that's just about as much as I can stomach.j

Really we can divide the entire series up in four parts so far.

About 20% crying. These characters cry constantly. Every little thing has them bawling their eyes out. At times I felt like I was about to drown in tears.

Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
“Stone of Tears” is the second book in Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” series and it is every bit as good as its predecessor, “Wizard’s First Rule.” After the big reveal about Richard’s heritage at the end of Book 1, the opening of Book 2 seamlessly moves forward with more magical intrigue and adventure.

It all begins with an unexpectedly brutal battle in D’Hara, where Zedd discovers that something magical has gone horribly wrong. He knows that Richard is the one who needs to get to the bottom
Ricardo Portillo
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Apparently, I have two things going against me liking Goodkind's books, 1) I have read Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series prior to starting the Sword of Truth and 2) my threshold for misogyny is not sociopathic.
I am quite aware that Robert Jordan himself is sub-par and works off of Tolkien and Frank Herbert etc., but at least he used some discretion and tact. But Goodkind, my lord, he just rips off ad nauseam from Jordan's constructs and mythologies. Always staying strategically one inch away
This is my second time read of Stone of Tears and I enjoyed it all over again. If you like fantasy do try this series.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I'm done with the series - unfortunately the second book was a big disappointment to me - very repetitive, with an irritating forever whining hero, and soooo long. As usual, the sequel is inferior to the first novel. ...more
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
+970 pages. Have you ever watched a movie that was paced and characterized well until the very end? Then it wraps-up so quickly you can't help but think the production team just ran-out of money?That is this book. 5 pages before the end, the protagonist still has no idea how to resolve the issues he's been coping with throughout the entire book. Ditto the secondary charcters. 5 pages out, no one has any idea how to resolve their problems, then suddenly the protagonist slays about a hundred baddi ...more
Ms. Nikki
I love Fantasy. Yes, I've seen these ideas and read these plot points elsewhere, but I love them so much I don't mind reading something similar, yet new, again.

I really feel that the repetition of words and phrases are ridiculously overdone as many other reviewers have stated. I have come to accept this (a little bit) and am able to continue on without throwing anything across the room. This will be the breaking point for most readers who give the Sword of Truth series a try.

Mr. Goodkind has a
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
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Terry Goodkind was 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 had over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more t ...more

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  • 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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