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Blood of the Fold

(Sword of Truth #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  74,260 ratings  ·  1,162 reviews
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Richard comes to terms with his true identity as a War Wizard. The New World, and all the freedom of humankind, is under threat from the Imperial Order after he had brought down the barrier between the Old and New World. The Imperial Order has already sent delegations and armies into the New World. Richard's only option to stop the
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Mass Market Paperback, 623 pages
Published August 1997 by Tor Fantasy (first published October 15th 1996)
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Ashley
Welcome to the next installment of WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ. Pull up a chair, and have a seat.

So before we get to the explication of weirdness, a couple of things of note that might lend context to this review:

1. With the exception of 2013, I’ve read one of these books a year. I can’t handle more than one in a 365 day period. I think I skipped last year because I ran out of time and also I didn’t care.

2. I spent all of last weekend finally watching season one of Legend of the Seeker, the
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Choko
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*** 4 ***

"...“Wizard's Third Rule
Passion rules reason, for better or for worse.” ..."


Book three and I am still enjoying the adventures of Richard Rahl and Confessor Kahlan, Wizard Zed and Sister of the Light Verna, as well as the bunch of other secondary characters who all play a part in the battle between Darkness (The Keeper), and Light (The Creator). Only this time there is a third player, the Emperor of the Old World and leader of the Imperial Order Emperor Jagang, the Dreamwalker. Tum-t
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth #3), Terry Goodkind

The story begins at the Palace of the Prophets where a funeral is being held for Nathan and Ann. Sister Verna and Warren, now freed from Rada'Han, are traveling with Richard to break down the barrier between the New and the Old World. Upon returning from the funeral, Sister Verna discovers that the ring of the Prelate is at the center of the large room, wrapped in a spell that does not allow any sister to retrieve it. The sisters invite Verna
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Gavin
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
My 2019 reread of the Sword of Truth series has been a big success so far. I've quickly blasted through the first three books in the series and think this third book, Blood of the Fold, was another fun and engaging instalment in this typically 1990s style fantasy epic!

I've bleated about the flaws of the series in my review of Wizard's First Rule so I will not do so again in this review. If you have made it to this point in the series chances are you already know what they are. I can acknowledge
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Eric Allen
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
An Opinionated Look At:

Terry Goodkind's Blood of the Fold

By Eric Allen

This review is rated S for Spoilers.

That's right, I actually finished it, finally. So I've been going through the Sword of Truth series (very slowly) and reviewing each book to see if they are actually as good as I remember them, or if I've simply been looking back through nostalgia goggles. So far, there have been a few things that my younger self was too stupid to notice that annoyed me now, but for the most part, they have
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

This review refers to the SOT series through book 9.

Terry Goodkind’s first book Wizard’s 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 don’t know what happened...it just TOTALLY lost it
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Leila
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Epic fantasy at its best! Original, exciting and a real page turner. For me, once I began to read "The Sword of Truth" series when they first came out I bought them one by one and read them all. Here I am reading each one of them all over again. Blood of the Fold continues the story of Richard the Seeker, grandson of Zedd the last true wizard and Kahlan the Mother Confessor.
J.G. Keely
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
I had to stop bringing this book to Junior High just so people would stop asking why I was reading a book about menstruation. Thanks Terry.

My Fantasy Book Suggestions
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Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The signs were there, but when you are a blossoming lad, spreading your wings like a majestic pheonix just risen from the ashes of teenhood, they don't fully register, and you kind of miss the bigger picture. And it says, cardboard characters, shallow relationships, a ridiculously over-simplified world of politics and perverted sex, and loads of magic.

I loved it!

Twenty years ago.

Hence the rating.

It would make no sense for me to ridicule my past self. Tor's cover, with that red dragon, oh my. The
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July
Jan 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading the series after this book. I like the premise of the books and the world-building was pretty good. I would have continued reading the series were it not for the juvenile misogyny pervading these books. For such a supposedly powerful woman, Kahlan is assaulted and almost raped at least once per book. Not to mention the dominatrix-type chicks from the first book (hello, geeky teen boy fantasy). Is it too much to ask to have a normal woman somewhere? After seeing no improvement o ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Richard loves Kahlan, Richard loses Kahlan...oh my magic will prevent Richard from ever being with Kahlan again....Richard does the impossible and he and Kahlan are reunited.
Robert Beveridge
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Terry Goodkind, Blood of the Fold (Tor, 1996)

Back when I was a kid, I was crazy about the various exploits of Donald Sobol's pint-sized sleuth Encyclopedia Brown. There was rarely a week where I didn't have at least one Encyclopedia Brown book out of at least one library somewhere near wherever I was living at the time. A fine set of books, those. Each was a collection of various mini-mysteries solved by Brown (and, later, his gorgeous sidekick Sally Kimball; after all, every sleuth needs a gorg
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Amber
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
Stephen
3.0 stars. Another solid installment of this epic fantasy series and the last of the truly good entries (apart from Faith of the Fallen). Richard and Kahlan are great characters and there are moments a real fun someone muted by the less then stellar prose. ...more
Lubna
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: supernatural
As a reader , I honestly feel insulted ! Why do events keep happening behind our backs ? And then all Goodkind gives us is a brief account on what happened !! Someone needs to tell him that when you read a book you expect to be "there" you know ?
And second , Emperor Jagang , the Keeper , the mriswith , and the blood of the fold ?? When did all this happen ??? Things keep popping up and names as readers we are not informed of to the extent that I keep thinking there's a book I missed!
Magically th
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Katherine
Mr. Terry Goodkind, to start this I want to say how grateful I am that this series was recommended to me and remind you to please accept my friend request..? Pretty please? I kind of love you?

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I honest to God do not understand why there are negative reviews and what the hell it is that people expect when they read fantasy.

Horrible series that are basically a copy and paste of one another are constantly getting 5 stars, awards and die-hard fans and books that have real talent and original plots a
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Jeff
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Bill
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Since overcoming the nausea I had succumbed to over the romance between
Richard and Kahlan (it took a few years, no antibiotics were required),
I decided to take another step in the series. Like I've said in other
reviews for these books, this isn't such a huge commitment as these haven't been the types of books that hold you hostage to the series by ending with cliffhangers.

Blood of the Fold was OK. I really like the way Goodkind uses magic in
these stories, and I like the way he can keep a story i
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Ren the Unclean
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is as good as the first in the series. There are a ton of really cool concepts and magical things that Goodkind throws at you in this book, and he does a really good job with them. This book basically consists of Richard and Kahlan's attempts to force the Midlands into a massive alliance against the Imperial Order.

One of Goodkind's better villains, General Tobias Brogan of the titular Blood of the Fold also makes his appearance in this book. This character is amazingly written, being b
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Tawnya
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really liked this installment in the Sword of Truth series. Usually the third book is not the best but this one was better than the second I thought; more action, and plot and seemed to move more quickly. Even though Richard and Kahlan are separated through most of the book, there is enough action to keep it going and finally you feel like the Sisters of the Dark and even some of the Light get their commupance! The climax is very riveting and keeps you griping the edge of your seat----or pages ...more
Alan
Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
I wish I could give negative-star reviews. This was the worse book I've ever read. I had to finish it to rightfully declaim how insufferably terrible it was and now I can say Goodkind is by far the worse writer (any genre) that I've read. For those of you that enjoy this stuff, if you give it some effort you can actually find good fantasy if you look for more than twenty seconds in the bookstore, or superb fantasy if you look online. Try Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe, George R.R. Martin, T.H. White, Po ...more
Devyn
May 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who love Fantasy with a dash of romance.
A horrible third edition to the sword of truth series. Boring antagonists, empty plot, and an overdone romance between Richard and Kahlan. I barely got through this load of crap. Then Goodkind throws in a random nipple fettish ?? Somehow I feel that Terry Goodkind projects his sick fantasies through the characters in his books. Garbage.
Katie
May 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
I read the first book because I enjoyed Legend of the Seeker and was sad to see it off-air just when I was discovering it. I had hoped that by reading the books I could keep Richard and Kahlan's adventure alive.
I noticed the many, many differences right away, and tried to ignore all the violence. I almost gave up when DRl was preparing to go to Underworld because what good person would think of such a method to get anywhere? I shudder. But I chose to ignore it and finished the book.
The second b
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Darkphoenix
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Sword of the Truth series but there are mild peeves that are starting to raise their ugly heads.. For one, Richard's knee jerk reaction, every time he discovers something new about himself he is in denial. He was in denial when the Sisters told him he had the gift, when he realised that he might have Additive as well as Subtractive magic and finally when he was told he was the new Lord Rahl. It is completely understandable for him to take time to let it all sink in, but he doe ...more
Ms. Nikki
I had a good time reading this book. So much was going on. Everyone was fighting their own battles whether they stood next to friends or across the land.

Gratch is awesome *period*

Kahlan was being per-ty selfish at times, convinced that Richard was trying to ruin her. Wait. Didn't she say she trusted him completely?

Richard, while still strong-willed, made more level-headed decisions in this concerning his life and the people he protected.

Of course BotF had its down moments, but they were easily o
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Emma
Aug 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone I really, really hated.
If you like terrible writing, redundant plotlines, inane characters, lots of rape and violence then Terry Goodkind is your man. Otherwise, try Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin or Matthew Stover. ...more
Michael Fierce
A lot to like and tbh a lot to be a bit annoyed by. I think I would like to continue reading this series eventually.
Laura
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was frustrating at times because I repeteadly felt like giving a good shake to the main character who seemed to barge into and meddle with things way over his head on a mere whim or instinct!

And yet it kept me engaged and not willing to set it down up to the very end because I simply had to know how everyone will get out of that unbelievably glorious mess with no apparent end in sight.
Sadie Mae
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I started re-reading these books. My initial read took place while I was in high school (my junior and senior year) and several new books have hit the shelves since then. I remembered Kahlan rather fondly, as well as Zedd--at least when he wasn't lecturing--along with Verna, Warren, Nathan, and Cara. I don't recall feeling terribly impressed on my first read of these novels, but in the intervening years (over a decade) I've figured out why: Richard's characterization lacks consi ...more
J.V. Seem
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Oh wow. This one was wonderful. My favorite in the series so far. Yay!

I'm watching Legend of the Seeker with the boyfriend at the moment, and because it's good, but not *entirely* up to the books' standards, we have a tendency to supply unnessecary commentary and altervative dialogue. But either way, it made me long for the books again.

I always feel though, that when I start a good book, I have to take the time to finish it, and that's why some time usually goes by between every book I read in t
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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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