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(Sword of Truth #9)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  46,376 ratings  ·  621 reviews
With Wizard's First Rule and seven subsequent masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled readers worldwide with the unique sweep of his storytelling. Now Goodkind returns with a new novel of Richard and Kahlan, the beginning of a sequence of three novels that will bring their epic story to its culmination.

After being gravely injured in battle, Richard awakes to discover
Mass Market Paperback, 756 pages
Published December 2005 by Tor Fantasy
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Doc Opp
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Goodkind sure knows how to spin a good yarn... if only he would stick to his storytelling and leave out the naive and idiotic philosophical ramblings. At some point around book five somebody alerted him to the notion of Objectivism, and he's converted his series to be a mechanism for bad objectivist propaganda. Only... it doesn't work, because of the way he set up his first few books, so he's constantly contradicting himself. And his explanations for why things are like that are half-baked at ...more
Eric Allen
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
TL;DR - The last 100 pages of this book are very good. The problem is that the 650 pages before them are soul-crushingly terrible, full of a ridiculous amount of recapping previous books, Goodkind telling us things we already know, endless technobabble about prophecy that might as well be giberish, and an absolutely insane amout of repetition in the dialog. The ending does not redeem the rest of the book up to it. The vast majority of the action scenes that take place in this book are told to ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm tired of following Richard and Kahlan around whenever they get separated. So old, Mr. Goodkind. What angers me even more is your statement about advice in becoming an author: "Ultimately, though, here is my sincere conviction: I believe that real writers are born writers. I do not believe that the intellectual aspects which are critical to good writing can be taught. You either are a writer, or you are not. Writers are, for the most part, self-made. If you are born a writer, and you possess ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who love being preached to
Shelves: sf-fantasy
If you took away all the redundant sentences (I'm not talking about Richard's mannerisms that we've gotten used to, I mean the same sentence reworded on the same page), all the random arguing that does little but provide a vehicle for the same philosophy we've heard in the past 8 books...this book would probably be about 450 pages instead of 7whatever. I say random because not only have *we* heard it all before, but certaintly so have the characters and instead of saying, "But X, we've been over ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Much to my surprise, this was actually pretty okay! Aside from the painful writing style, of course.

After the past two books in the series have been not great (#7 was almost pointless in terms of the long-term arc, and #8 was one of the dullest things I've ever forced myself to finish), I wasn't really expecting much from this book. Prior books in the series, even if I didn't really like them, were always at least entertaining (and oftentimes over the top). That hasn't really been the case
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Surprisingly, this was an okay book, after several really bad volumes.

Namely, books 5-8 were a complete waste of text, but Chainfire has some of the magical fun of the early works. Of course, it's still mighty perverted, naive and cliche, but the fact I read this book a good few years after I started with the series (and got old, wise and impatient in the process) and still managed to read it and even enjoy it some - means Chainfire is probably a very reasonable swath of pages. P.S. I did try to
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Chainfire is the ninth book in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series and the first book in the Chainfire Trilogy. At first, I was confused about why a book would be considered a part of two series but after reading it I completely understand.

The Sword of Truth series follows Richard as he learns about his family history, his destiny, and his role as the Seeker of Truth while fighting epic battles along the way. He is joined in his adventures by Kahlan, who is the Mother Confessor, his
Emily Diehl
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'll never get tired of this story.

Chainfire reveals the most powerful spells the wizards and sorceresss are able to complete.

While the prophecy of Richard lives on, those around him are insistent he stay and lead the D'Hara's into battle.

However, While the battle continues for Life, Richard has lost his will to go any further.

His reason for life is lost, somewhere.

His grandfather, guards and friends try to convince him he's dillusional.

In his search for his life, he encounters a deadly enemy
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what so many people complain about? I was riveted, and had to force myself to put the book down so I could eat, sleep, and do other important thing pertaining to life. I was completely wrapped up in the story and wanted to scream, along with Richard, and all the other characters who refused to believe Kahlan is real. For the first in the final three books, I thought it was a great set-up book. I'm looking forward to continuing and dive into Phantom.
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
This book is wonderful and action-pached, I recommend this book why is well-edition.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
While I admit that, in the beginning of this one, I was frustrated and slightly annoyed, the book definitely picked up and moved at a fast pace, which I appreciated.

I've stopped reading the synopsis on the back of any Goodkind novel, just because I don't want to know what's about to take place. And that's where I was at the start of this. I remember not being able to put the book down, and I remember fretting to myself, "I don't get it! What's happening?"

But that was a good thing. The initial
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book if not for the frustration that had me wanting to tear my hair out. But for once it didn't so much have to do with Goodkind's writing as the characters themselves. Before I started Chainfire, I felt that maybe the books were getting a tad predictable. But this changed the entire the ball game.

At the start of Chainfire, we meet Richard who has been seriously injured. He is immediately taken to Nicci who sets out trying to heal him. But his injuries are so serious
Bettie Campbell
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I am going to address the topic of Mr. Goodkind himself--- he is full of himself. It's plain and simple. He seems to be both creative and pensive and has mapped out a wonderful world in the Sword of Truth series. If you are on Chainfire then you know he is long winded and repetitive, but also wildly imaginative &&& honestly I would take a book that is over developed over an underdeveloped story any day. If you have gotten this far then you know his style and when he is going ...more
Scott Johnson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This isn't even a book. There is nothing to talk about in terms of plot, because NOTHING. HAPPENED.

We start off with a cliched amnesia plot. Richard wakes up from a grievous injury only to discover Kahlan is missing and no one else thinks she even exists.

We then repeat the same exact fucking argument between Richard and these other characters for 800 pages. Literally every other chapter is them once again challenging him on his "delusion", then Richard responding by laying out the same
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
To start, this installment of the Sword of Truth series is a much better novel than its previous cousin, Naked Empire. Whereas the previous book seems to hark on Richard being the almighty know-it-all, this book cuts him back down to size. He is not without his faults in this book, even though his drive for the truth is still quite apparent and will serve to ultimately prove that he knows-it-all. Still, at least it wasn't as pompous a condition as in Naked Empire.

The novel starts with Richard
L Phillip Lucas
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
The following review is copied and pasted from my blog:

Deplorable Ayn Rand fanatic Terry Goodkind's sole plot device of separating hyperbolically perfect lovers Richard and Kahlan recurs yet again in Chainfire, if in a slightly more interesting incarnation this time, with the erasure of Kahlan from everybody's memories but Richard's. This results in some characteristically tedious, repetitive, unrealistic, interminable, eyeroll-inducing exchanges between
Kara Babcock
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kara by: Stephanie Chow
This was like a breath of fresh air after reading the previous eight books. Finally, something new! And the glimpse of the ending! Perhaps it's just because I've been reading the entire series back to back, but it seems that it's long and plodding in some parts, then bizarrely exciting in others.

The premise of the book, that a spell has caused memory of Kahlan disappear from everyone's minds except Richard's, is new for Goodkind. It derives from the damage to magic that has been done in previous
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chainfire (2005) 748 pages by Terry Goodkind.

The ninth book in the Sword of Truth series. In all of the books Goodkind switches which characters he follows. In some we get to follow the plotting of the evil, not just bad--evil, characters. In Chainfire we didn't have any of that until after Richard had figured out some of the essentials.

Chainfire is a mystery. No one except Richard remembers Kahlan. They all think that he is delusional. We know he's not, that it's everyone else that has
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Dang guys. Just dang. The beginning of this book kind of blew my mind. Kind of like I was all "WHAT?!?!?! NOOO!" made me rethink the whole series and what had happened. Honestly, I had a hard time reading this, I kind of was dreading it. I don't know how to explain Game of Thrones, bad things happen and I was shocked and sad sometimes for the characters, but it didn't make me want to stop reading or dread what was going to happen next. But in these books I feel like I care about Richard ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After two volumes that kind of diverged from the main story a bit, this one gets back on track. However, I did not find the main premise of the storyline that convincing for most of the book. In then end it all came together, but for me the first 500 pages were kind of slow. Some elements were also similar to previous plot lines. There was a lot of repetition going over points that have been explained numerous times before. If people pick up this book it will not work very well as a stand alone ...more
Moglan Radu
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've never written a book review before. This book convinced me to do it. It's that awsome. It's vexing at times, it's frustrating as you would not believe but when the anticipation builds up to an iminent explosion then a plot twist happens and you're left staring whith a "holy shit" inner reaction as you connect the dots. I'm a avid book reader and yet still its a plesant surprise when I find a book so good that makes me loose sleep over it ( I've literally spent the last 6 hours reading ...more
Feb 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
Terry Goodkind, started out as one of my favorite authors, but then he came out with Chainfire, and Phantom, these books were horrible compared to his first books. I'm almost afraid to read his last book in the series because I don't want to be disappointed.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming to the final 2 books of my re-read. Glad I decided to take up the challenge!
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A return to form and my favorite in the series since the first book. I had some serious misgivings about the premise from the opening chapter, but my worries turned out to be unfounded. There's plenty of movement, intrigue, and twists and turns in Chainfire.

It's all marred with Goodkind's preaching (which began around...Book 4?) and weird repetitive writing quirks (which began on the first page of the first book). But if you've made it this far in the series, these things are easily overlooked
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The first 55% (or around there) honestly is pretty uninteresting in my opinion. However, if you can trudge through the repetitiveness involved and finish out the book, the ending is definitely more satisfying than the first half. Not my favorite, yet not the worst in the series. Irony plays a part in this story as well regarding desperate times.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason it took me four years to read this book - the majority of it is incredibly dull, slow and repetitive. This is probably my least favorite entry in the Sword of Truth series thus far for that reason. That said, I gave it two stars because I did enjoy the end of the book (chapters 56 through 67, to be exact). Can't say any more without getting into spoilers, but I hope the other two books in this trilogy seriously pick up the pace.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
SPOILER ALERT: The last two large paragraphs of this review do contain spoilers.

As the story goes on, I'm starting to become less forgiving of Terry Goodkind. While I still find
the basic plotline is entertaining and interesting, this series has dragged on for much too long. I'll start with what I enjoyed and then get into my harsher critique.

I'm not a big fan of Kahlan and actually find her quite whiny and annoying, so her absence in this book was a nice break. We had some interesting plot
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
This review refers to the SOT series through book 9.

Terry Goodkinds first book Wizards 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 dont know what just TOTALLY lost it. The writing style became incredibly
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Chainfire is the ninth book in the Sword of Truth series (and, if anyone happens to care, is also what the Legend of the Seeker TV series is loosely based on). It's been a little while since I read the last book, and I really have forgotten a lot, though there is a lot of reminding in the book.

This book was VERY slow for a long time. I get why it had to be. Basically, a main character has disappeared but no else, it except for one person, remembers. The last third is when it really picks up.
Tim Crockett
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I can't review this a singular book. As book 9 of the series, it is not stand alone. Many events in this book are tied to earlier and the ending does not stand alone as "an ending".

That said, the series is getting tiresome and I am glad that there are only 2 books left. The longer it goes the less Goodkind seems to have to say. The books are now about twice as long as they need to be, and while this one wasn't as tiresome as the last, it does tread dangerously close.

I'm still giving out fairly
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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)
  • 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)
  • The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth, #7)
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