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(Sword of Truth #10)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  42,209 ratings  ·  566 reviews
Bestselling author Terry Goodkind's epic Sword of Truth series continues with the next stunning installment, Phantom

On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.

As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers,
Hardcover, 587 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jul 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Folks who agree with Ayn Rand, but don't like to read all those big words
Goodkind imitates one of his characters, Jagang the Just, as he tortures this story and rapes his plot to the point where he stretches this one hundred page novella into a 673 page brick.

Almost nothing happens in this book. Mostly the characters talk. And talk. And talk. They tell each other things they've already told other characters. We've all heard of "Show, don't tell." Someone needs to tell Goodkind to "Tell, don't show." I don't need all this plot recounting. I don't need the same
Michael Hannon
Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Richard is the smartest man in the world, do what he says.

The End.
Jul 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: die-hard fans of the series
Recommended to Keith by: Tony Rotoli
I'm still committed to finishing the series, but this is beginning to get tedious. Undoubtedly Goodkind gets paid by the word, because he keeps repeating things. He repeats things over and over. Granted, in a series this long, one needs to repeat things that the reader may have forgotten. But one does not need to keep repeating things that were just repeated 30 pages ago in the same book.

You have no idea how annoying it can be to read something where the author keeps repeating things over and
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
To my everloving shame, I seem to have waylayed my reading of these books for a bit more than a decade. Oops. But apart from a few minor quibbles I had with the series from before, I really did enjoy them.

Their direct and not-so-direct homages to WoT, the traditional feel of quest-laden fantasy and rather brutal over-the-top wallowing in torture and grimdark horror, and of course our rather overpowered and mythically pure Richard... following the last book's rather dark turn.

Chainfire, or the
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Phantom is the second book in a mini-trilogy within the many-book SoT series. It continues from the cliffhanger of the last volume - Chainfire. Like the previous book, the action more resembles the early Goodkind works, with more magic and twists and actual things happening and less Richard giving rousing speeches that stretch 60-70 pages at a time.

Richard knows Kahlan is alive and that she is real - and the people around him are convinced, too, and now he resumes the quest of finding her. The
Jan 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
What is there left to say about Terry Goodkind and The Sword of Truth saga that hasn't been said before? At times, he has been nothing less than brilliant. Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears are classics of epic fantasy. They were fresh, they were original, and they were challenging. The 'Seeker of Truth' . . . the 'Mother Confessor . . . the 'Mord-Sith' . . . daring, creative, fascinating concepts, with believable characters behind them. The philosophical moralizing was heavy-handed at ...more
Eric Allen
Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
TL;DR: While better than Chainfire, this book is abysmally dull. Very little actually happens in it. It suffers greatly from middle volume syndrome. There is no real climax of which to speak, only a weak cliffhanger. The writing, itself, is horrible. This is not what professional writing looks like. This barely even passes as amatuer. There is a section which illustrates my point on showing vs. telling for me far better than I could ever explain it to someone, where something is told to us, ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to base this review upon the first 200 pages, I would have given only one star, if any at all. If you haven't read any of the previous 9 books (and let's face it, who on earth would read only the 10th book in a series of 11 books?!) than the first 200 pages of "Phantom" are an excellent way to get up to speed on all the important events that occurred in books 1 - 9.

If you have read all of the other books (like any logical thinking reader would do) than you will certainly share my
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Die-Hard Goodkind Fans or Completists
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
I think this is the worst book in the series, and until The Pillars of Creation, I was rating these books at least four stars. I actually used to love this series. I'd give the first one, Wizard's First Rule five stars. No, not because it's an undying classic, or I don't see flaws, but it was a terrific read I just sprinted through madly turning pages--I didn't feel its hefty length. I liked the characters, in some cases loved them, and was fascinated by Goodkind's world and themes. That liking ...more
Joshua Silverman
Jun 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Sigh. I wish things would've been different. But this is the second book in the mini chain-fire trilogy that just didn't make the grade in my opinion.

Honestly, these books are overly drawn out and way too long. At least one third of Chainfire, Phantom, and Confessor are basically the characters remembering the last 8 books. Okay, maybe that works for a paragraph or two, but Goodkind drones on and on about it. I don't need a synopsis of what I've read, I read it. All three of these books could be
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, male-lead
When I first started this series, I loved it. I eagerly devoured book after book. Bit... of all the books so far, this one has been by far the most frustrating and nearly ruined my enjoyment of the series.

The first half of the book seems to drag on without reason. The first ten chapters are mostly spent discussing a spell. This ends up having some meaning later, but it takes so long to get to the point it feels like drudgery getting to it. The characters chatter on and on about it, which
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it
As an overall rating for this series I only give it 2 stars. I got tired of Terry Goodkind's attempts at shoving his philosophy down the readers throats. It wasn't that I agreed or disagreed with his point of view. It was more so that he completely underestimated his audience. If so much time wasn't spent on repeating morals and the authors view of philosophy, then the books would be probably half the size.

Now, as far as the actual story, I enjoyed it. I actually liked this book particularly.
Scott Johnson
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Holy fuck where to begin....

First and foremost, this was hot garbage. It is a dumpster fire of a narrative (or lack thereof).

I don't even really want to get into picking apart the story and various problematic themes except to say RAPE IS BACK ON THE MENU BOYS! It was just background noise for a while there, but now we're back to it being a major, primary plot point with Kahlan and the emperor, because of course it is.

I have nothing new to say, for the most part, so it feels so tiresome to
Dec 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'll pick this up again in 2020. I really can't do more than one of these books in a short period of time. I really tried to finish out the series in 2019 but three books seems to have been my maximum annual capacity for Terry Goodkind.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an ending! On the outside, once I got to that last page, I found myself nodding, silently congratulating Goodkind for a spectacular finish. But on the inside, I was shrieking at Nicci, "What did you just do?!"

To say that the ending on this book made up for the bulk of the story is an understatement. Of course I was disappointed to see that no forward progress had been made from Chainfire, and that Kahlan was still lost to Richard (and everyone else). And I was more than a little
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
This book is very interesting and fun, I really like it a lot, you need to read it.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm in it to finish it...not much of another reason beyond that. My god, I hate Kahlan and her perfection. It's over the top and yet still Goodkind tries to sell it over and over again in every single book.

I was finally happy to see Richard get the fact his love life is not as valuable as mankind, in fact to me it's pointless in comparison. I was sad to see it took so much for him to realize it, the Richard that was sold to me in previous books wouldn't have thrown such a pity party for
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 ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
While this suffers a bit from "middle in a trilogy" syndrome, where you're starting in the middle of something, and know that you won't get a full resolution at the end, it does stay interesting, and the story moves forward at a better rate than in previous books. As a long time reader of the series (and not always a fan, necessarily) I enjoyed the references to characters which had been left by the wayside long ago, who I thought were forgotten. But this book doesn't rely merely on nostalgia, ...more
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Paul Weiss
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Richard and Kahlan are captured by the dHaran forces

It's difficult to say whether CHAINFIRE is the opening book in a trilogy or the ninth book in the now aging SWORD OF TRUTH series. In any event, to briefly summarize, Lord Richard Rahl is the sole survivor of a battle in which a troop of soldiers is brutally massacred by an unknown and, indeed, unseen enemy capable of enormous ferocity. When Richard recovers from his near fatal wounds with the help of sorceress Nicci's use of the all but
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh....the finally! Can't wait to find out what happens...AGAIN! lol My re-read is coming to an end, then onto the new stories!
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't think that I've ever read a book where the author intentionally tried to use the title of his book throughout the text. The first time it was kind-of natural and makes you grin a little that he managed to do so. After the fifth or sixth time it became aggravating and annoying to see him trying so hard. As usual, there were still a few small grammar mistakes such as thrown for throne in the book which is also aggravating. I found that Goodkind was more anti-religion in this book than he ...more
Emily Diehl
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it

This book was amazing. I'm torn between it being a triumph and a defeat. The emotions I felt reading this varied. I was happy the characters began to believe in Richard. He is the bringer of death and has the prophecy set out for him, but the prophecy begins to change. Or does it? What was once clear for the Witches and Prophets to read and understand, has suddenly gone blank. Was there ever a prophecy for Richard?

The key to it all, Richard, knows of the books he must seek. What book is the
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: terry-goodkind
I been religiously following "The Sword of Truth" series since 1994. For every book that comes out, I'm filled with excitement and anticipation. The story evoled dramaticaly and steadly. However by the time it reach the "Phantom", well as you can see, it's the very first low rating I gave. The reason is because, it's just filled with recap of the previous books, no new or not much improvements or developments with the characters and plot. So, yes it was quite disappointing. Frankly speaking, I'm ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The second last book to the EPIC Fantasy Series: The Sword of Truth. Phantom (Book #10) is definitely my favourite thus far, Terry Goodkind masterfully ties up loose ends from earlier books and sets the stage for the last book and conclusion. The brutality is just sickening in this one. Aa real page turner. By far the best fantasy series I have ever read. Absolutely love it.
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was an inprovement over the previous book in the series. The previous book was 6-700 pages of Richard pining for Kahlin. In Phantom, there is actually a plot progression typical of the middle book of a trilogy. An interesting book, hopefully building to a strong conclusion in the 11th and final book of the series.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading for the second time.

This is really Chainfire part 2, continuing the story.

Most of what I said in my review of Chainfire applies here, so I can't add much more.

Great storytelling, interesting multi-layered characters and intriguing plot twists.
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Chainfire trilogy book 2, Sword of Truth Book 10. Nuff said I believe.
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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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Sword of Truth (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • 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)
  • The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth, #7)
  • Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, #8)
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