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The Law of Nines (Sword of Truth #15.5)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a stunningly original thriller in this powerful page-turner.

Trouble will find you

They watch you through mirrors…

“Your mother was twenty-seven when it came to her. Now you’re twenty-seven, and it’s come to you.”

The skin of Alex’s arms tingled with goose bumps. By her twenty-seventh birthday insanity had come to his mother….
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Doubleday Canada (first published 2009)
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, paranormal
This turned out to be a fairly readable and engaging paranormal thriller. It had a good mix of action, mystery, and interesting paranormal happenings that kept the story moving at a fairly good pace.

The story was interesting enough. Alex, a Midwestern artist, has just turned 27 and is stunned to learn that this birthday comes with a mysterious inheritance. Things only get stranger for Alex when he saves the life of a beautiful woman and then becomes the target of some weird incidents. It was al
Eric Allen
Sep 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Law of Nines

By Terry Goodkind

A Retroview by Eric Allen

Deus Ex Machina - Latin: "god out of the machine." A plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object. - Wikipedia

MacGuffin – A plot element that catches the viewer’s attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction. The defining aspect of a MacGuffin is that the major players in the story are (at least init
Ed [Redacted]
Nov 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Objectivists who hate good writing
This is my first foray into the frightful and bewildering world of Terry Goodkind. Goodkind has quite a following in the world of Fantasy fiction. (Though Goodkind claims not to write fantasy, but instead writes books with Important Human Themes. His interviews are the main reason I have avoided the books to this point.) I read a novella of his that was included in the Legends anthology and was not very impressed.

But the Law of Nines was a thriller/mystery novel, of course. So it couldn’t have a
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex is an artist who just wants to paint the beautiful landscapes that reveal his hope for mankind. But he is at the heart of an ancient prophecy that turns his world upside down, and is forced to see it through by whatever means necessary. Through it all, Alex doesn't waver from the core of who he really is. And like his ancestor from another world, neither does he waver from the woman he loves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary fantasy novel by Terry Goodkind. It was a page turner from th
Belen Schneider
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who were riveted by the Sword of Truth series to the bitter end
Kahlan...uh...I mean Jax Amnell, with her thick, luscious brown...uh...I mean blonde hair and riveting green...uh...I mean brown eyes and her special smile she only gives to Richard...uh...I mean Alex Rahl appears in a world devoid of magic by traveling through the veil...uh...I mean underworld to warn Richard...uh...I mean Alex about impending danger to both their lands. Richard...uh...I mean Alex, with his penetrating gray eyes and impressive strength and cunning when angry, was raised by a qu ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining book--I couldn't put it down.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I liked the first six books or so of Goodkind's Sword of Truth fantasy series. At first I found the characters and the world-building great. But while some authors (Bujold, Pierce) simply get better with successive books, others (Tom Clancy, Mercedes Lackey, LKHamilton) get bloated, self-indulgent, get tired blood. In Goodkind's case his at first appealing hero became the worst Marty Stu I have read in professional fiction, and his world-building, narrative and dialogue got more and more bogged ...more
Stefan Yates
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I picked this one up on a whim because I had a few dollars left on a gift card and I had never read any Terry Goodkind, although I had heard quite a bit about his books. After reading the blurb on the back, I was intrigued enough to add it to my stack of selections and make my purchases, it then got set aside and I forgot about it for a while.

Imagine how thrilled I was when I ran across this book on the shelf one day, started to read it and could not put it down. I don't know how I never read an
Oct 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Goodkind fans only
For those familiar with Terry Goodkind’s massive fantasy series, The Sword of Truth (see Wizard's First Rule), it might have come a bit of a surprise that the author has chosen a slight genre departure for his latest novel. The Law of Nines is best described as a supernatural thriller, and especially the seemingly mundane beginnings of the book are quite a change from the usual fantasy worlds.

There are ties to Goodkind’s other works, though. The protagonist, Alex Rahl, is linked to the universe
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is strange so far.

well damn Mr. Goodkind, why do you torture us like so?

When a certain name came up I thought of his other series.

Also, Jax, Alex's female protector reminds me a little of Kahlan, the main female character in The Sword of Truth.

The idea is also the same. He lives in a world of technology and she lives in a world of magic. Almost the same as The Sword of Truth.

It just makes me laugh and want to keep reading it.

I love it, the idea about love just takes over for me. The h
Erin Hawley
Terry Goodkind rushed the finale of his Sword of Truth novels... to write this?? I was really disappointed with Law of Nines despite the allusions to the novels I so love. I felt like the story was a direct parallel to Wizard's First Rule, except in today's world. However, unlike Wizard's First Rule, there was little character development in Law of Nines; I felt like TG was relying on readers to associate Richard and Kahlan's personalities with Alex and Jax. Their love seemed fake and convenient ...more
I was keenly reminded upon finishing this book that I should have remembered my vow to never read Terry Goodkind ever again.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Terry Goodkind's new book, the Law of Nines. Before I go on, I will warn there are spoilers in this review.

I loved Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. Finally, some fantasy with depth and vision. What made that series so incredible was the way he mixed in philosophy (the objectivism found in Ayn Rand's books) with a really great and entertaining fantasy tale. Richard and Kahlan, the two main characters in that series, were believable as lovers and as heroes. They both progressed an
Aug 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Goodkind presents: Terry Goodkind's Glock of Truth novels.

Once upon a time Goodkind wrote some pretty decent sword-and-sorcery novels. Not mind-blowing, not life-changing, but solid and fun adventure stories with some seriously superb world building and characters that I liked enough to follow to the end of the Sword of Truth series. Followed it to the bitter end, because my affection for the characters was the only thing that sustained my interest in an increasingly preachy and unenjoyabl
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
After reading "Wizard's First Rule" earlier this year, I wasn't inclined to pick up any more of Terry Goodkind's fantasy novels. So, when I heard that his new novel, "The Law of Nines" was an attempt to take his writing in another direction with a novel that was labeled as a thriller, I decided I'd give Goodkind another chance.

Unfortunately, every issue I had with "Wizard" was on display here in "Nines."

Alex is an artist, living painting to painting. On his 27th birthday, he rescues a beautiful
I would like it if every reviewer would say whether they've read The Sword of Truth Series or not. It might indicate interesting trends in how people enjoy the book. I would love to compare my experience as a fan of Sword to those who didn't like it as much, and even more to those who are reading Goodkind in a new genre for the first time. Might make a good discussion for the sci-fi/ fantasy group as more people get the book and start reading. I bet the author and publisher would also like to kn ...more
Melinda Haas
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Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am usually reluctant to read what I call "changeover" books - authors who cross their specialty writing to another. Terry Goodkind wrote a new book, but it's a mystery thriller type of book. Oh, it has magic and the Terry Goodkind guy who doesn't know he's to save the world kind of formula. I was getting really engrossed, but then the "hero's" last name was Rahl. As in Darken Rahl, Richard Rahl...??? sword of truth anyone? And I'm not even going to tell you the last name of the woman of magic ...more
Contrary to the summary provided on goodreads for this book, I did NOT think that Goodkind "proved he could jump genres."

Though I had my stickler points with Goodkind's epic Sword of Truth fantasy series, mostly having to do with the fact that Goodkind is a stark objectivist and licks Ayn Rand's cold dead feet every night before going to bed. Aside from that, I really enjoyed that series. It was clever and dramatic.

This however, was a mostly failed attempt to "jump genres" but really not do anyt
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, let me say I was very disappointed in the Sword of Truth finale. I was first drawn into his Sword of Truth series because of the descriptions of the characters and the world that just made it all feel real. Towards the end of the series, though, the books seemed to be shallow. I continued to read them, though, because by that point I had to know how it all worked out for Lord Rahl and Kahlan. The last book seemed to be written as though TG was tired of the whole thing and had one more cho ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-owned-books
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Dec 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What. The. Fuck?!? Don't waste your time with this repetitive predictable attempt at writing. What happened to the author who wrote the first few Sword of Truth books?
Mo Hammer!
I'm nervous about dipping into this monstrosity. The first couple of chapters have me looking at the back cover to make sure that I am, indeed, reading a work by Mr. Goodkind. The words dance across the page like a stiffly choreographed sequence geared to a specific audience. Unlike other Goodkind fantasies, this story seems a bit contrived...forced...???...whatever it is, I like the mystique of the lady with the "knowing eyes", and I hope the story takes on a life of its own in subsequent chapt ...more
As you can see from the dates - July 8th-July 19th - this one took me a while to finish. Really it was an easy read, i.e. not full of harrowing language I have to squint at to try & understand. But I found bits of it quite frustrating. Actually, the main thing I found frustrating was the main character, the hero Alex!

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem before, but while I was reading this book, I got REALLY annoyed with Alex sometimes. When he first met Jax and was doubting that
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lot of people disliked this book. And I get that. It moved slower in parts that it should have and focused on unimportant details.

And if you are familiar with Goodkind's works, you know how inclined he is to slip in his political opinions, especially his later books (which I hate, because it usually has little to do with telling a good story and more to do with him trying to seduce you into subconsciously adopting his political views). This book was not saved from his weaving of political str
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Irene Lemaire
I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn't expect it to be what it was. I read the Sword of Truth series and I absolutely loved it - I've had a hard time finding other things to read that matched up to it. When I saw this book I was excited to start reading it, thinking that it was going to be a whole new adventure. Something new to really sink my teeth into.

It turned out to be a spin off from the Sword of Truth series - and while I loved that one - I had put it to bed. I was actually a lit
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought Goodkind was going in a different direction and writing something contemporary. I was surprised when I discovered the main character in this book was a Rahl... and that there was a connection with WFR. At first I was excited and liked uncovering all of the connections. Then, it started to get disappointing because the little hints of the other world just served as reminders of how good that story was... and how flat the story of the law of nines was in comparison. Alex and Jax were OK ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. If you liked the Sword of Truth series, you'll probably like this one. Because it's EXACTLY THE SAME. The heroes are are more morally pure that Mother Theresa, but angry enough to shoot someone in the head without warning (and always a good shot); the villains are almost comically evil and ruthlessl the heroes always become possessed of sudden knowledge at the end that explains everything. The protagonists even have the same last names as those in the previous series.

All that said,
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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 th ...more
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“That’s what friends are for—to be strong for you when you need a moment to find your own strength.” 4 likes
“That’s the worst part, that so many would not value their own unique abilities, not value themselves, much less respect those who have fought and died so that they could live free to make the choice to surrender that precious right of choice –long with their gift and individuality.”

She gripped the blanket in a fist. “I often think that the y deserve everything they’re going to get. I only regret that those of us who value what we have will suffer the same fate. They’re the ones I fight for. The rest of them be damned.”

Alex swallowed at the pain so clearly evident in her voice. “We have people like that in our world, too. People who say that freedom is no longer practical, that we must surrender it for a greater common good.”

“Fear them,” she whispered. “They are the heart of evil. They tolerate tyranny, excuse it, compromise with it. In doing so they always bring savagery and death upon the rest of us.”
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