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(Sword of Truth #11)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  46,971 ratings  ·  950 reviews
Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves…and has lost.
Join Richard and Kahlan in the concluding novel of one of
Hardcover, 603 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Tor Books (first published November 2007)
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Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know how it ends
Dear Mr. Goodkind:

Thank you for putting this series out of its misery. Your desire to expound on black and white morality was okay for a while, got old in Pillars of Creation, and probably earned you death threats after Naked Empire. So, by comparison, the fact that entire pages of dialogue in every scene were dedicated to the same insulting diatribe that we've been subjected to for way too many books shows restraint on your part. One sign that you spent far too much time envisioning yourself as
Mike (the Paladin)
At last! We've tied it up! (unless you want to go get the prequel Debt of Bones, I didn't)(Well and unless more books are released later and stumble out into the world like the results of Victor Frankenstein opening up an assembly line). We made it, Kahlan is saved (again) and Mr. Goodkind gets to pontificate seemingly endlessly about his views, beliefs, and the weaknesses and foolishness of anyone who disagrees with him. More of the book is dedicated to his dogma than the story.

But, I survived,
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a lot to say about this book. I began reading Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' epic fantasy a long time ago with the first in the series. I loved it and continued to buy each following one he wrote with great enthusiasm. I read to book six and then moved on to other fantasy books. I was given this one from a friend as I was told it is the last in the series. I found it a disappointing end to a set of books which for me began so well.. Perhaps there are just too many in the series to maintai ...more
Jan 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
So if there was ever any doubt in my mind that Goodkind was using this series as a thin veneer for preaching his personal philosophies on morality and faith vs reason it was instantly expelled on reading this book. I stuck with this series the whole way through and the last few books in particular made me feel betrayed. This series could have been so much more in the hands of an author that could get over his own ideals long enough to write an actual plot there towards the end. Even the ending o ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It feels weird to have finally finished the original Sword of Truth series. It took me three attempts over the years but I'm delighted I've finally concluded the series and think that on the whole I've had a decent time reading it. It had its flaws but despite them it was still an engaging read most of the time. I think this final SoT instalment was a decent one that ended the series on a high note!

The SoT series was an early favourite of my teen years and likely one of the fantasy series that
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf
Finally finished the Sword of Truth series!

So was it good? Was it more of the same? Was it kinda heavy-handed with the philosophy? Yes! To all of the above!

No, honestly, it was rather interesting, even with all the super-bloody-football games and the neverending chatterbox about life-affirming actions, trips to the underworld, tons of research and magical theory, and a war, another war, a siege, and a ginormous army getting ready to consume the last remnants of the logical and the reasonable.

J.M. Brister
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Terry Goodkind fans, anyone who wants to spend a year reading the rest of his books
Shelves: 2013, 2007, 2009
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Jun 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
The culmination of years of mediocrity and bland repetition. TOR Fantasy has sunk to a low level indeed, in agreeing to bank on the latter half of this dismal series. I don't know what happened to Terry Goodkind over the years, but whatever afflictions lay at the heart of his deteriorating talent as a storyteller and wordsmith, I will never again pick up another book he writes. For the record... Wizard's First Rule was Brilliant - I'll never dispute that. But I am glad that this snake-oil roadsh ...more
Ru Viljoen
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Richard: Don't you see!!?? Reverse inversion of the psuedo-chainfire , while simultaneously transposing elementary quasi-tokens. Yes!!!!

Cara: So its like, We give em money for omelettes?

Richard : Yes cara, hah hah hah you silly mordsith, you seem to understand the principles involved, but your way of putting it really makes me chuckle.There is more to it, but no time, gotta trot.To the silph mobile!!!


Richard Travels to the underworld-------Trip was success
Richard: By skipping the description
Nothing happened for 70% of this book and then everything happened at once. I'm still not sure how I feel about this ending even though I finished it back in October, but it feels good to be done! I started reading the Sword of Truth in the summer of 2009, and have now finished it in fall 2020. That is a long-ass time.

I'm sad to say for the corner of the internet that has looked forward to my reviews of these books, I will not be continuing on with this series (the only books I might possibly be
Eric Allen
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
TL;DR All in all, from about the 60% mark in the book all the way to like the 98% mark of the book, it's actually kind of excellent. There is a lot of good action, some very powerful character moments. It's generally well paced and written, with real dramatic tension. But the first 60% of the book is a terrible drudgery of repetition, recaps, and just general boring shit no one cares about going on. The last 2% is a rage inducing diatribe on Goodkind's simplistic and childish vision of black ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
I will say this, I think Terry Goodkind is the mother of all deus ex machina's.Pretty much all of his books end up with some kind of magical or coincidental savior. That being said, I have most of these books in hardcover.The first three or so were golden, and then it went a down hill from there (although I did also love Faith of the Fallen).

It's just, where to begin?

The whole Chainfire book was awful. This book was also awful. Instead of feeling sad for either Richard or Kahlan you are just a
Christine Antonios
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The journey has ended. The quest is over. The last page has been turned. Yes, that's right, 161 days and 8,432 pages later, I have completed Richard and Kahlan's legacy. Back in January, I wrote a book review for Wizard's First Rule and, now that the series is over, I thought it only fitting to write a review for the final installment: Confessor.

Sword of Truth Series: Confessor

Confessor is the end of a three-part finale (Chainfire, Phantom, Confessor), which is a mini story amid the gigantic ser
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I'm glad this series is finally done. The first five books were truly great works of fantasy, but midway through the series, a transformation happened. Goodkind abandoned any subtlety he once had, abandoned any willingness to let the reader think about the lessons to be gained from his stories, and instead bashed the reader over the head with a stream of Ayn Rand objectivist diatribe. Continuously. I resolved to stick this series out, based on how good the first half was and based on a desire to ...more
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
This series degraded quickly. What started out as a raw and realistic twist on standard high-fantasy fare, became instead a series of violent rape fantasies, unnecessary violence, and philosopipolitical pablum.

Why was I reading it, you might ask? Well, I put some time into the first five or so books, so when I saw the last one was on the way, I figured I'd catch up for a little summer reading.

I've had better ideas.

This book gets an extra star because it ended the series. Way to go!
Megan Neikirk
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was truly an amazing book. Terry Goodkind's imagination is amazing, and his ability to write and create is astounding. I really liked how old characters came back - Gratch, Gregory, Ulic, and Egan. I've stuck with Rihard and Kahlan since the beginning of their journey - and now it's the end. Goodkind's books have so much depth; if you really sit down and look at everything, break everything down, you realize that these things happening in Richard's world are similiar to the things happening ...more
Joe Upshaw
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The entire Sword of Truth series was perhaps the best continuing story I have ever read. Goodkind manages, like few others, to create an entire realm replete with multi-dimensional, imperfect characters decribed using language that is both precise and concise and yet dripping with immediacy of meaning.

That said, I know that I seek a peculiar mix in a book so, for others, your mileage may vary. I want adventure and fantasy but, ideally, I want these to serve as vehicles to deliver an underlying
Jan 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Sam C
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who's read the rest of the books!
Recommended to Sam by: No one, I 've been waiting for it to come out forever!
Okies well I'll say that I liked the book it was enjoyable. But I didn't think it was great really. It started off VERY SLOWLY, with the first two hundred pages or whatever being all these magic theories and whatnot being explained o us in very simple terms, meaning one theory or whatever took them like 20 pages to explain and i will say that I didn't appreciate being viewed as a retard who didn't' get it from the first page or so! But that's just me!

And as I said the beginning was slow, it didn
Oct 22, 2007 rated it liked it
I have to say that I wasn't as impressed with this book. Maybe my expectations were too high. I feel that it became too preachy and didn't really focus as much on the characters as the others did. After all, we've read 10 books BECAUSE of these characters. I understand the message that he is trying to send but I think that it all wrapped up a bit too neatly for my warped tastes. I will miss these characters though. ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give up. I find myself liking the characters less and less, and like Jordan he seems incapable of finding the conclusion to this quest.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I came across this series accidentally and started it almost on a whim and, more than once, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to finish the series. Well, I finally did and while the series is far from perfect, it is a lot of fun with fascinating characters, a rich world and some very interesting themes.

Confessor is the final part of the Chainfire Trilogy and marks the end of the Sword of Truth series, so as with most finale books, I had certain expectations. More often than not, I am left feeli
Kara Babcock
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kara by: Stephanie Chow
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
If you made it this far into the series, the last book of The Sword of Truth, then I give you my praise and my condolences. Mostly condolences. If you want to burn the entire series or sell them on ebay or skeet shoot with them I will not blame you. The series itself started off strong; it was initially a very pleasant read with a great set of characters and an interesting plot line. 11 books later and I'm convinced that the books could have just been a trilogy and life would be a shiny ray of s ...more
matejcik neasi
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
yeah, so basically the first 200 pages are a very elaborate and very boring setup ((view spoiler)), which then melts down into a complete and utter chaos, every remaining bit of logic vaporizes, and at the end it's pretty much "and they lived happily ever after because i said so dammit".
there were some very nice moments and very good scenes, but sadly, the author decided not to elaborate on those ((view spoiler)
Aug 10, 2011 added it
Ok, so this trilogy of books just ticks me off. Three books, and barely a plot. Richard and Nicci spend pages giving monologues on the evils of the "empire"...pages. People don't talk like that. And honestly, it is obvious that Mr Goodkind had a point to make about society and this was where he was going to do it. Most of the time, he's railing against religious fanaticism like what drove those men to perpetrate 9/11, but sometimes it feels like he's railing against Democrats and their social we ...more
Oct 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Last night I finished reading Confessor, the last book in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. As with the previous books in the series, I found myself completely riveted for the last two hundred and fifty pages or so... as for the previous pages, sometimes I found myself skimming through long descriptions of the nature of magic or the rules of Ja 'La.

If you've read and enjoyed the previous nine books in the series, you'll like this one, too. Some old friends from the past reappear, and I thi
Nicholas Gillen
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing ending to the whole entire series. I loved this series. The plot was so intricate, and the characters acted like real people, and their flaws influenced decisions and made them a stronger character. This series was great!
Jim Corbiere
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished reading " Confessor " by Terry Goodkind. It is the 11th book in the Sword of Truth series. Once again he gives us a great story with likable characters. His novels seem to get better and better. Very hard to put it down. ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great ending to an incredible story. All 10 are amazing but I was completely unable to put down the last 3 books. Love how it all fits together.
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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

Other books in the series

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)
  • Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, #8)
  • Chainfire (Sword of Truth, #9)
  • Phantom (Sword of Truth, #10)

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