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Naked Empire

(Sword of Truth #8)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  47,924 ratings  ·  650 reviews
Beginning with Wizard's First Rule and continuing with six subsequent fantasy masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled and awed millions of readers worldwide. Now, in Naked Empire, Goodkind returns with a broad-canvas adventure of epic intrigue, violent conflict, and terrifying peril for the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and her husband, the heroic Richard Rahl, the Sword of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 736 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Tor Books
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Aug 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Anatomy of a Break-up:

Going through a break-up or a divorce is never easy. The best of them are tinged with sadness and regret while the worst feel like a grenade going off in your chest. Worse still is the ending of a relationship that has lasted for many years and survived through adversity.

Well after almost 15 years, my relationship with the Sword of Truth series is over.

Given that these situations are already emotionally charged, I know the right thing to do is just to walk away and say
Mar 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
While I had hoped the decline begun in the previous book would be checked in this one, it continues on it's disastrous course. The ongoing villain is barely addressed, the introduced villain is a mere toady, who is not really threatening at all at any point, and the new characters are simply cardboard cut outs, devoid of anything entertaining or interesting.

Faith of the Fallen was a good book, and it's philosophy is an interesting one, good to discuss, even though I don't personally buy it. I
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mandatory music for this review: Zamfir, Lonely Shepherd.

I'm going through my book shelf, and I see a few more SoT books need my attention.

Naked Empire should be re-titled A Man and a Goat.

This book continues the breathtaking suspense from the seventh volume ... nah, just kidding.

What we have here is as follows:

Richard acquaints himself with a goat and not in a good way.
He's brought democracy to the Old World, so he feels he should vacation some.
He takes his troupe on a walkabout, and stumbles
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read 1-7
Recommended to Jessica by: Anthony
What Pillars of Creation made me question, Naked Empire confirms. Terry's writing is getting annoying. If you have plowed through the series thus far as I am and up to this one, get ready to recap everything over and over... We learn once or twice again how Richard came to be where and what he is now.. how he came to his beliefs... and on.. and on...

The best is when Terry's feeling especially recaperrific... imagine if you will:

Kahlan's about to use her confessor power AND SUDDENLY! It reminds
Lara Amber
Apr 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was practically one long Richard is right, everyone else is wrong storyline. Goodkind seriously needs to stop writing that kind of nonsense. His sister went from a very interesting main character to a sidekick.

While portions of the storyline was still interesting, Goodkind needs to start providing secondary titles to his books so you know which agenda he's going to pound this time. This one could have been titled: Naked Empire, or Why Pacifists are Evil.

I get tired when his agenda
Mike (the Paladin)
Goodkind is finding his stride in lecturing us on the failings of our own ideals here (if that is they don't agree with his) funny I thought I was reading an epic fantasy.... give it 1.5 instead of 2 stars.

Look hard you might find a story between the diatribes.
Eric Allen
Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm going to do what I did with Pillars of Creation for this review. This book makes me too angry to sit down and calmly write out my thoughts on why it is so absolutely terrible, and insulting to the intelligence of anyone who reads it. I just cannot even with this book. I posted my notes below, if you want to read my thoughts as I read through the book, in lieu of writing out an actual review. I tend to use more profanity in my notes, and less professional language, grammar, and punctuation ...more
Dec 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fanstay fiction, Ayn Rand fans
Wow! Terry Goodkind, if he truly is the author, seems to have gone off the deep end here. I had a strong love/hate, emphasis on the hate side with this book. I was driven on by the plot but really, really hated the philosophy that Goodkind espoused in this book.
What a long way Richard has come from the lowly but noble woodsguide who seemed to cry at least every other chapter of "Wizard's First Rule." Goodkind has twisted his own characters almost out of recognition.
In this book Richard almost
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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May 29, 2008 is currently reading it
I read the rest of Terry Goodkind's books a few years ago, and wasn't sure that I could just jump back into the series, but I had no trouble picking up where he left off. I remember when I was reading the rest of the books one after the other, that it bothered me a bit that he would keep reminding the reader what had happened in previous books, thinking to myself, "well, I just read it, get on with the story!" But now I appreciated those little tidbits about previous story lines! I always love a ...more
Am I going to finally bust out the one star rating on this series? I don't know, but maybe. I gotta read some good stuff now before writing this review because my brain fell into a coma while reading it.
Holly Norman
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a series that makes you fall in love with the characters and sitting at the edge of your seat with anticipation of what is coming next, you want the Sword of Truth series. Naked Empire is the eighth book of the series. For a book full of action the tiny bit of romance doesn't ruin the story and make it cheesy. The love between the two main characters gets them into more trouble and drags the story farther along. When the main character Richard gets sick they must do what ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I couldn't help but feel frustrated as I read further and further into this book. The plot was interesting, but the overall theme of "Richard is right and you are an idiot" became quite tiresome. I felt like I was reading the same thing again and again, and though I'm aware that's one of Goodkind's known characteristics, it became almost unbearable in this story. I found myself skipping over or only briefly skimming large paragraphs in the last 300 pages.

Also, if I never have to read again about
David Robins
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book the best for the process Goodkind describes in leading an extremely ignorant and evil (and thus vulnerable) group from "We need you [Richard] to save us" to thinking for themselves, recognizing value and individual liberty, and defending themselves. That's a difficult process, and one worth examining in detail to similarly educate people in our world. And also it gives the "no meat" taboo the heave-ho (after belief in it causes its share of trouble), which I always thought a bit ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-year-2014
I've started reading the series and now I can't stop reading. I liked this book better than the last one. By the end of it, I couldn't put it down! I would say way better than the Pillars of Creation, but not as good as Faith of the Fallen. But, still one of my favs. I hope the next book isn't too tragic.
Brad Bishop
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
The end became very preachy on anti-pacifism, which got old really fast.
Jul 31, 2007 rated it did not like it
If you want an author to tell you in no uncertain terms what is right and what is wrong, then this book is for you.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I literally just finished this book 10 minutes ago.

Where shall I start?
Maybe by saying... I LOVED this book!
But let's get a bit critical first...

It being the first novel where we get to see Richard's major character changes in action igsince his inner struggles in Faith Of The Fallen... I must start off by saying that I was annoyed with Richard for the first half of the book.
It seemed to me that his first 'speeches' to Jennsen and Owen in the beginning were condescending and belittling. I
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Update (1st March):
At long last, it is finally over. Naked Empire was fine but the fact that I had to stop reading it in the middle for about a week, certainly did not do it any favours. Once I restarted it, it took me ages to get back into the story and even then I spent more time reading about the book than actually read the book itself. I had thought about taking a break from the series but with just 3 more books to go, I think I'll stick around to finish it.

There were parts in the Naked
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
This book is great, because the warrior is very smart and cunning, I would like be like him.
Patrick Bauer
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Naked Empire is very much part 2 of The Pillars of Creation. While all the Sword of Truth series has little to no time between books and the series is essentially a single story, Naked Empire gives the biggest sense of time laps between any other book. Since Pillars of Creation focused on Jensen's story we do have a laps of events for Richard and Kahlan. Now that their paths have crossed with Jensen the story converges to a more traditional Goodkind book.

For this book Richard is trapped between
Maria Elmvang
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read the first 6 books of the Sword in Truth series years ago and LOVED them. Especially the first three are some of my all-time favourite books. Then I read Pillars of Creation... Terry Goodkind really dropped the ball there. I missed Kahlan and Richard as the main protagonists and it just didn't work for me, so I never got around to reading the rest of the series.

Now that they're all out, I figured it was time to finish up - I owed it to the first books ;)

And with Naked Empire Goodkind got
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
Andrea Fife
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There's something so wonderful about a plot so complex it truly needs 700 pages to work itself out. I appreciate that when reading Goodkind's novels I not only learn the history, culture, and customs of the main characters but also of each character whose path crosses that of Richard and Kahlan. Perhaps I won't wait 2 years to read the next book!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
These books would be so much better if the author just told the story and stopped trying to force feed beliefs down your throat.

For example, in this delightful romp, Richard met a sole man from a far off land who Richard gave many a lecture to about the value of life.

Then Richard met some of this man's village mates and had a chapter + giving the same lectures to all of them about the value of life.

THEN he met some of the wise men of the man's people and told the same lectures again!!!

Scott Johnson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Where to begin with this garbage fire....

I'm using a list because, similar to Goodkind, I can't come up with anything coherent to string everything together in a satisfying way.

1) There is less rape than usual. The bar is set so low now. There's not any explicit rape, this time, if I recall correctly, just lots of references to the Order systematically raping this new group of "pristinely ungifted" to breed more of them. "Just" that kind of horribleness.

2) Pacifists. While reading this, and
Lindsey Roberts
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Naked Empire is the next in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I feel like I am running out of ways to praise this series. I cant remember if there has ever been one where I have been so impatient for the next book every single time I have finished one and am just grateful that I have joined the library here so I can have access to them.

Naked Empire sees Richard and Kahlan journeying further into the Old World, not through a matter of choice but through one of necessity. Not only is
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Only gave this one three stars, mostly because of how many pages there were devoted to Richard explaining over and over why the Bandakar way of thinking was erroneous and the Bandakar arguing with him on why it was not before suddenly, almost simplistically deciding to agree with him.

I have to say I was also a teensy bit let down that the solution to Richard's magic out of balance problem was simply a matter of believing in himself, in being the Seeker, and in fighting against Jagang and the
Daniel Beckwith
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
OK there were two big problems with this book.

first off YOUR FUCKING WITH THE LORE OF THE SWORD!!! WTF! If Richard doesn't beleive in the sword than he can;t kill with it... theres no BS about the anger going away and he being able to just use it like a normal ass sword. if he doesn't beleive in it, he can't hit anything with it.
come on now.. i don't mind terry changing up shit like that for the point of the story, but you better god damn acknowledge that theres something funky going on with the
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Really a 3.5)

After the long, hard slog that was The Pillars of Creation, I started enjoying the series again with this one. I am torn because what Goodkind does well, he does very, very well--romance, action, and (usually) plot. But then he falls into the proselytizing hole, and we endure pages upon pages of Richard explaining the right to life and freedom (over...and over...and over again), just as he did in Faith of the Fallen, but to a different false ideology this time. First it was
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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)
  • Chainfire (Sword of Truth, #9)
  • Phantom (Sword of Truth, #10)
  • Confessor (Sword of Truth, #11)

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