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Shroud of Eternity

(Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,187 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Shroud of Eternity picks up where Terry Goodkinds New York Times bestseller Deaths Mistress left off, promising a thrilling brew of bloodshed, sex, deception, and sorcery.

The formidable sorceress Nicci and her companionsthe newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannonset out on another quest after driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay. Their mission: restore
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Tor Books (first published 2017)
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Anadia-chan Anadia-chan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: won-t-read
Laughably bad, if you know what I mean. The cover art is the only good thing about this book.
Eric Allen
Feb 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: newp

I think that pretty much sums up my opinion of Terry Goodkind as a person.

Your behavior is deplorable, Terry. You'll never see a cent of my money ever again. And once I've finished reviewing the last three of your Sword of Truth books, I doubt I'll ever bother picking them up again. You're a very hateful, vengeful, and pompous asshole. I still remember the time when I came to you with a book that I loved. A book that you could probably say
J.A. Ironside
No. I am just not doing this to myself again. No more reading the same plot barely recycled. No more supporting Mr Goodkind's views. And definitely not after the tasteless way he treated his cover artist.
Nerdy Housewifey
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as authors-behaving-badly
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although Shroud of Eternity feels like a step backward from Death's Mistress, a retreat into some of the narrative the flaws that mired the later books of The Sword of Truth, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Terry Goodkind continues to follow the odd coupling of Nicci and Nathan deeper into the Old World, beyond Tanimura and Kol Adair, and into the ancient city of Ildakar. An interesting bit of fable and myth, it is a realm hidden from time and space by a magical shroud, raised at great
Della Putri
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't need to read this book to know that it's trash
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as harmfulbookstoavoid
anything but good or kind tbh
♡ Half Blood  Prince ♡
yikes. maybe word it a little better next time.

to be honest, though, publishers really should start to work closer with authors and take their concerns into consideration throughout the cover art process, just so they dont screw up on some key details (plus can i just say no more whitewashing).

that said, the facebook post did not make it clear that the beef was with the publishers. plus, having a laugh at the publishers' decisions at the expense of the cover artist? not cool.

Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Very disappointing.

Although not bad and the dark creativity of Goodkind is still rather warped I just felt that the characters nor the plot was very good this time round.

Nicci imo was made to look weak when compared to how kick ass she was in the last book. The villains are kind of stereotypes and really do nothing new.

Overall this book missed out on having a good villain, it made the main character look too weak and the action was lacking this time round.

I will definitely read the next book in
Paige (TheBookVulture)
Feb 26, 2018 marked it as will-never-read
I've never read one of Goodkind's books, and his behaviour assures that I never will.

Put up various posts on Facebook, publicly insulting and humiliating the cover artist. And then deleted comments from people who didn't agree with him, and blocked them. No apology to the artist, although did try and make light of the situation by saying that both of them got loads of publicity from this. Disgustingly unprofessional.
Dylan Murphy
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ah but it is good to be back! Life got pretty busy for me, so my reading had taken a bit of a back seat as far as volume goes, and I fell off the wagon when it came to actually reviewing things I had read. I hope to get back on track with my reading and reviewing, so without further ado;

Shroud of Eternity, Book 2 in The Nicci Chronicles series(Book 19 in the Sword of Truth series) by Terry Goodkind.

This novel really cemented the more focused plot-line and storytelling that we have seen
David Maldonado
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm happy to bring to you my thoughts and musings about Terry Goodkind's latest book. Anyone who knows me he's my favorite author, so I try my best to give my most unbiased opinion. He wrote The Sword of Truth series and began his spin-off series now known as The Nicci Chronicles just last year. The first book in this new spin-off series is called Death's Mistress. Be sure to check out his entire catalogue of books because he's an amazing Fantasy writer.

Many have criticized Goodkind's later
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being very disappointed with the first book in this series I was not expecting that much from this one. But, I was pleasantly surprised, Goodkind seems to have recovered his ability as a great storyteller. It didn't take long for this story to get off and running and I was sucked into it after the first 30-40 pages.

Nicci, Nathan and Bannon come to a great city where Nathan thinks he can regain his gift. The city is ruled by a group of very powerful wizards and at first everything seems
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-priority
In Shroud of Eternity, Nicci, Nathan and Bannon encounter a society so thick will a strange kind of evil that it the light of Lord Rahl's truth cannot permeate it. Instead, all of their efforts are focused on achieving their objectives while escaping the alluringly deadly city of Ildakar before the shroud is raised once more.

While they're in the city, each one of the three of them is sucked into whirlwinds of cruelty, rebellion and hidden agendas. They must each find their way across their
Brittany Vail
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Terry Goodkind is one of my favorite authors. I love his original series and the start of this one, but I just struggled with this novel.

It's a little irritating that the characters depicted on the cover art look nothing like how the actual characters are described. But that's an issue for the publisher. The book itself simply drags and has a repetitiveness to the narration. The repetition removed my ability to stay *in* the storyline, and I was easily bored through some of the chapters. Plot
Jun 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
if you want blood and guts along with philosophy, then this, or rather, these books are for you

fleshmancer andre gave me the creeps;
like a souped up dr steinman (bioshock), hmmm?

general utros (view spoiler)

p284: although nicci did not approve of three young men, bannon could make his own friends and learn his own lessons, even if he burned his fingers in doing so.
Paul Marchesano
Predictable and lackluster. The repetitive plot devices, recycled from the Sword of Truth series leaves little to the imagination. Worse is that for no reason whatsoever main characters suddenly start behaving completely out of character. Suddenly foolish, gullible and blind to the obvious Nicci & Nathan blunder into one earth shattering problem after another. Speaking of which, no reasoning, analysis or explanation is given for Nathan losing his magic in the first place, seemingly suddenly ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this. I think I loved it slightly more than the first one. It took me longer than I had intended to finish, but I can't wait until the third book comes out!
Mar 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Terry Goodkind. Some of your books are so captivating. It seems like you want to squeeze every penny out of fans like myself who can't help but seek closure with these series and even though the series should be done. So, in all fairness, I will point out what I believe to be the pros and cons of this book.

**** Some minor spoilers ahead *****

Pros: An expansive but connected world, well depicted fight scenes.
1. The protagonist, Nicci is essentially a female Jesus who preaches to everyone
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: don't
This was just bad.

From the character descriptions to the dialogue, it was full of lazy writing. The amount of characters that ended almost every conversation with my boy or my dear was excessive and so frequent it completely took me out of the story every time. The main villain was somehow both willowy and voluptuous at the same time. Don't know how that works, but sure Goodkind. The big reveal of the rebel leader was lacking in any real suspense. The main character Nicci was completely
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I go back and forth between It was okay and I liked it. There were good parts to this story but it was soooooo sloooooow in places. OMG how much do we have to talk about how horrible this place is and how it has to change? The characters were waiting for them to figure out how to help Nathan and were in a holding pattern and I felt bored waiting along with them.

That said, I still love the characters though I'd like to see them changing a bit more. Nicci acknowledging its okay to not have a heart
Philippa Mary
While I didn't enjoy this as much as the first book, I still thought it was an enjoyable read.

A full review will be up soon.
Andrew R
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstandingly good

You invest heavily in these characters and they never fail to make you root for them excellent read
Next book here I come
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's impossible for me to not enjoy reading about the Sword of the Truth universe. I was delighted to learn that Terry Goodkind was releasing a sequel to "Death's Mistress." While "Shroud of Eternity" starts out a bit slow, the book becomes a riveting read once Goodkind gets past all the exposition of Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon's adventures, diving into the real heart of the story.

Goodkind's trademark writing style bleeds from this book's pages. By the time you reach the end of the book, you'll
Steven Wendell
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anxiously looking forward to book 3

Excellent story with a lot of the Goodkind detail and depth that we have come to expect from the author. The first book of the Niccie chronicles I thought was a little bit disconnected and rushed but now I see that it was all setting the scene and building up to this novel and the stories that are sure follow. I hope there will be many more books to come! With the Old World open to exploration and it's scale largely unknown the possibilities seem to be endless.
Michael Vischi
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As triumphant as the old wizard himself!!!

I tried to take my time with this book... tried! Mr. Goodkinds world-building is incredible, and it continues further throughout this adventure. The thrills are always fun and infectious... sometimes making me feel like I need to root for all sides 😆 What an incredible journey, and Nathans return to true form is as glorious as the man himself. Leaving us with what feels like 15 million different cliffhangers, lol, I cant wait to see where Mr. Goodkind
This book picks up where the previous book left off. In the last book, having seen Ildakar from Kol Adair, Nathan believes this is the place he will be able to get his gift of magic back. This is what prompts Nathan, Nicci and Bannon, with Mrra, to get to the plain. There, they eventually meet three young men who claim to be from Ildakar. Their language is a bit strange when referring to certain aspects of the city, as well as destroying the statues of an invading army that is on the field. ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2018
Shroud of Eternity picks up directly after the conclusion of Deaths Mistress. Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon are still on their quest to spread Richards message. They are also searching for the city of legend, Ildakar, for there is where Nathan is supposedly going to be made whole. Nathan had for hundreds of years been a very powerful wizard but when Richard freed the world something happened to Nathans ability to use magic. Now he was a wizard without magic and he was desperate to have it back. A ...more
Melissa Wingard
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This second novel was better than Deaths Mistress. I will start with what I didnt like. I am so very tired, exhausted actually, by Nicci continuously thinking or talking about loving Richard and bringing Lord Rahls message to the masses blah, blah, blah. We know. WE know. WE KNOW. She was such a strong, determined, forceful and powerful woman in the Sword of Truth series. She served the Keeper and Emperor Jagang AND yet SHE determined how to accomplish her goals and the goals of her masters. I ...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 ...more

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