Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, Book 3)
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An Epic of Two Worlds

In a world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World-- forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

War and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.

Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant bestsellers Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.

Customer Reviews:

  • Boring
    Wizard's First Rule was an absolutely amazing book, a book for the ages. Stone of Tears seemed almost as good, especially since I didn't smell the foul rot lurking under the surface. I was looking forward to Blood of the Fold, but what did I get? Goodkind presents me with a painfully boring book that takes all the problems in Stone of Tears and multiplies them.

    I'll start with the NO. 1 problem first: The POV of Verna. Half the book is devoted to the Sisters of the Light, mainly Verna, and her wizard boyfriend Warren. These chapters were so mind-numbingly boring I could barely stand to slug through them; it was a chore just to read through. The rest of the plot was okay, but started to lose the medieval feel that made me like the first two books so much. The more I read, the more convinced I become that this series would have been MUCH better without the Sisters of the Light. I see why Zedd hates them so much. The least that the author could have done was treat us to less of this Sisters of the Light nonsence. I didn't buy this book to read about a bunch of fanatics and their abysmally boring politics and maneuvers. I bought the Sword of Truth series to read about Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, and the other good characters.

    The characterization and character development is all downhill from here, friends. Chandalen disappears like a candle in the ocean, leaving a cold void where his comical, why-would-you-civilized-people-do-that? personality once was. Many other interesting themes and characters were downplayed, just so that Goodkind would have room to cram more Sisters of the Light chapters into a book already desperately in need of a respite from them.

    What other characters populate this book? Well, Goodkind seems to be missing the good old days of describing Darken Rahl vivisecting boys and torturing women who laugh at his gear, so he thoughtfully introduces a new gang of perverts and sadists. These include a general from the anti-magic group known as the Blood of the Fold, who cuts off certain parts of his victim's bodies and keeps them as trophies, a bald man with mind-control powers who throws women to his soldiers to be raped(Unless he wants to do it himself), a couple of sadomasochist lesbians, etc. My, oh my! What a lovable bunch of characters! Goodkind, you are indeed a good and kind man.(That was heavy sarcasm in case you missed it.)

    I knew the plot was degrading as soon as I looked at the description on the back: it's the same plot, yet again. A terrifying force, headed by a Dark Lord,(Emperor Jagang of the Imperial Order this time. Where do all of these guys come from?) threaten the New World and our brave hero Richard must stop them with his magic sword, though he'll endure many trials and tortures and remain separated from Kahlan throughout it. Perhaps Goodkind should attempt to come up with something new for once.

    In addition to the plot, there are even more themes that were repeated from previous novels. Once again, the hero and heroine are separated and reunite at the end of the novel. Once again, there is loads of sadism and violence. Once again, we are introduced to new characters who are evil just so that we will hate them.

    I'm really getting tired of Richard and Kahlan being separated. Though their romance was clich¨¦d at times, it's one of the main focus points of the novels.(Groan) Why can't Goodkind just let them be together when they face the unspeakable disasters and horrors he pitches at them? Why do they have to constantly separate from each other? One of my favorite parts of Wizard's First Rule was the character interaction between them. In this book, it seems like that's over and done with.

    There is some good witty dialogue in some places, but it mostly comes from the Mord-Sith, who have gone from being a genuinely terrifying group of enemies to a bunch of lapdogs the hero can send to kill anyone who steps on his foot. We also get to hear some of the thoughts of a general from the Blood of the Fold, the one who *cuts* people in strange places, and his batty sister. Frankly, I'm beginning to think Goodkind likes getting inside the heads of idiots and sadists, because he is pretty good at it.

    Blood of the Fold is easily the worst book in the Sword of Truth series so far. A genuinely epic and engaging series has evaporated and left this mediocre remnant behind. I hope Terry Goodkind can somehow get his series out of the mud, because at the rate it's degrading at, he'll end up writing some of the worst and most boring books imaginable.

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  • Just A Great Series
    So far I have not been disappointed with the series, I only hope I can say that when I am done. So far though it is awesome which is especially significant because I rarely can bring myself to read when there are other things I could be doing. Yet with these books it is hard to turn away....more info
  • Delving deeper into the mind of man.
    Goodkind open our eyes to the true nature of evil!

    I've read many a book, but none reach me like this series has. The entire Sword of Truth series, sets a pretty high standard for epic fantasy, let along a good book series. Early books had some places that were a bit clunky, (it was the authors first books if I'm not mistaken), but don't we ALL start out something a bit green, and then hone our skills?

    The more books by Goodkind you read, you clearly see the excellent progress he's made in his craft. Goodkind does what so few fantasy authors do, that being have true heroes, heroes who use reason, heroes who do not become the enemy or become cowards and most important, heroes that stand up for what is honorable and true. And heroes that do not sacrifice their values to accomplish their goals.

    You will not see nasty words, vulgarity, incest (unlike some series), porno, or any kind of depravity in the name of literature. This series touches on some violence and deals with real world issues like war and the true horrors of war. It exposes evil for what it is and it shows that mankind can rise up and be truly noble!

    While I see there are a few people who want to vote poorly and post negative comments, it is your right. But when you post such acerbic comments, it is easy to see that you simply think it funny. Like anyone would take your petty comments as anything but jealousy and immaturity.

    While this series has its merits, it has its problems as well. No book will have everything to speak to every person.

    This series starts in easy, and right away you grasp the wonderful story telling ability of Goodkind, and as you go on, it delves deeper into the nature of man. This series explores deep human themes and exposes the fallacy of collectivism.

    This book has a striking romantic aspect as well as plenty of heart wrenching twists. While I personally love the philosophy, I can see why some may not. That (IOHP), is why we have arena such as this, so that we can offer up likes and dislikes. Most who do that have offered up an HONEST review. The rest simply are offering up vitriol, because they fear this series for the good that it does and they fear it because they feel it a threat to their favorite author.

    BE HONEST, give the book its due.

    Support your book stores! Support the Publishing world, and for goodness sake buy a book so we can drive these whacked out "save the rain forest" freaks crazy by cutting down a few more trees!
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  • just skip this series
    Read this book, but then do yourself a favor and stop
    and save yourself from a hard fall.
    The ending, 'Confessor', most awful ending I ever read in my life!
    And worse, bad writing!!!
    And worse because many of his books in this series were so awesome.
    I really loved most of his books.But...I just read finished the last book last night.I got it from the library. I'm thanking God I didn't buy it.When I got it from the library, I noticed the spine was all broken and torn. I was intending to fix it...but now I realize it must have been because the last reader threw it against the wall.
    I was tempted to as well, but didn't.
    It was as monotonous and amateurish. Where the heck was his editor??
    I should have listened and not read the book and just made up my own ending.

    The one thing I think I hated the most was the way he ended it the whole boring slog.... It was COMPLETELY obnoxious.

    His theme in most of the books was to protesting religious zealotry. Those in the Order where following some misguided notion that they were killing in the name of the creator and lived under very communistic conditions.

    As I read Confessor the preaching and reminding got so irritating I ended up simply skipping pages and pages of 'reminders'.

    Through out the series there seemed to be an acknowledged basic natural(and good) desire to connect with the Creator and the spiritual connection in all of us. And that there was indeed an afterlife and he seemed to be pointing out that those killing in the name of the Creator are wrong.

    Also, Goodkind spends many chapters explaining the 'theology' of his fantasy magic works and is connected with the underworld etc etc..But then he completely trashes it AND connects his fantasy world to our real world!!! The whole effect was disconcerting and took away from the 'fairy tale ending'...because you know in this ending the Creator is dead, or consigned to some corner and told not to bother anyone ever again.

    In the end Richard destroys the entire afterlife for those banished to the non magic world, where he conveniently alludes to those formally of the Order are now the 'building churches'!!! What?)
    Not mosques, not temples, not circles...but CHURCHES! (and not just any Churches, but CATHOLIC churches because they use medals and 'talismans'. What?)

    Excuse me? Is Terry Goodkind really this ignorant, or is he just another patsy for the secular order that is encroaching with the culture of death? I think both.

    Does anyone want a link to pictures of happy young jihadists brandishing the hands of Christians and other kaffirs they collected for allah???? Those of the Order where more like militant islam and the Saracens of history and militant communism and nazi's rolled up in one!! Knowing that as of this minute while I write this thousands of Christians are being executed for 'blasphemy' and oppressed with well documented sharia dhimmi laws in muslim countries or as in communist China's case, having children ripped from their wombs because they value life and would want to welcome a new child among them,...but it's against the godless of laws of china. Or what about the mass graves of Orthodox and catholic priests and nuns from Communist Russia and it's former satellites??

    What an insult to those really truly have and are suffering on behalf of the values of life and liberty.

    Ugh. I was completely irritated that I even read the series to begin with. I will not bother to watch the TV series.

    My advice is save yourself aggravation and money and skip this series.
    It's a garden path to nowhere even if slavish anti-catholicism and Nietzschism doesn't bother you, the ending is so horrifically badly written, disjointing and boring after so many really good books, you come out of it feeling like you were slapped...hard.


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  • Not as good as the first two, but still excellent
    Blood of the Fold picks up right where Stone of Tears left off. It opens with Richard taking control in Aydindril after having executed the Council. However, one of the lands in the Midland alliance, Nicobarese, is resistant to the new order Richard proposes, being controlled by the Blood of the Fold. Meanwhile, the scattered remnants of the Sisters of the Dark in the Old World are plotting Richard's demise.

    Heavier on political intrigue than the first two installments, Blood of the Fold is about Richard's first steps into becoming Lord Rahl, ruler of D'Hara, and how he handles being a leader, and not just a simple woods guide or even the Seeker of Truth.

    Favorite characters like Gratch and Nathan Rahl play fun parts here, and some new characters like Lunetta, Tobias Brogan, and Emporer Jagang (who will become the arch-villain of the series) are all fascinating.

    The biggest problem is that after what we learned about the Blood of the Fold in the previous book, the drama one might expect from a book specifically about them falls short of expectations. But those expectations were awfully high, and it would almost be unfair to Mr. Goodkind to demand that every book in his series top its predecessors, when he started out so spectacularly.

    The audio book version is well-narrated (probably my favorite naration in the series, as some of the others are a bit dry). The reader's deep, resonating voice suits the story very well....more info
  • Goodkind Does It Again!!!
    Goodkind one of my favorite authors!!! I will always remember the names and personalities in his books because he is that kind of writer and gets you emotionally involved(more than I`d like to admit)with his characters and there screwed up situations. Just asked the cats in the Goodkind website forum about me. Anyway if this is what ya like start from the first book and go in order....more info
  • Series Keeps Getting Better
    Blood of the Fold is Book 3 in the Sword of Truth series. Mr. Goodkind keeps tantalizing readers with better and better stories, and BOTF is no exception.
    Every one of his books offers the intelligent reader meaningful glimpes into our own world, and how to solve problems. Seriously. This 'fantasy series' is simply too hard to put down. I bought the rest in the series for Christmas and I can't wait to open them!...more info
    I'm new to the fantasy genre and just recently stumbled upon the SOT series -- and I'm hooked. I'm finding that I'm staying up all night more and more because I can't wait to find out what happens next. I'm currently on the Temple of the Winds, and Blood of the Fold seems a distant memory -- even though I only finished it last week. While Blood of the Fold has not been my favorite, it was great nonetheless.

    One of the things I love about this series is that Goodkind manages to constantly introduce new characters -- I thought I only cared to read about Richard and Kaylan -- but now I'm also excited about Verna, Warren, etc. and look forward to Goodkind developing those characters. (I probably have the spelling wrong because I'm only listening to the audio tapes). I also love the humor via the Mord Siths. And I don't want to give too much away, but the way Richard takes control of things is very satisfying.

    There are, unfortunately, subplots which I did not take to. I thought too much time was wasted on the blood of the fold -- it didn't really lead anywhere. The storyline about the Mriswith was also not very well developed -- it was tossed into the mix with little explanation.

    Oh well, I better stop before I give too much away....more info

    I'm new to the fantasy genre and just recently stumbled upon the SOT series -- and I'm hooked. I'm finding that I'm staying up all night more and more because I can't wait to find out what happens next. I'm currently on the Temple of the Winds, and Blood of the Fold seems a distant memory -- even though I only finished it last week. While Blood of the Fold has not been my favorite, it was great nonetheless.

    One of the things I love about this series is that Goodkind manages to constantly introduce new characters -- I thought I only cared to read about Richard and Kaylan -- but now I'm also excited about Verna, Warren, etc. and look forward to Goodkind developing those characters. (I probably have the spelling wrong because I'm only listening to the audio tapes). I also love the humor via the Mord Siths. And I don't want to give too much away, but the way Richard takes control of things is very satisfying.

    There are, unfortunately, subplots which I did not take to. I thought too much time was wasted on the blood of the fold -- it didn't really lead anywhere. The storyline about the Mriswith was also not very well developed -- it was tossed into the mix with little explanation.

    Oh well, I better stop before I give too much away....more info

  • Another Break Through
    Albeit not the greatest book I have read in the series, Blood of the Fold is still quite a good one. The only tiring thing I find about it is the fact that yet again Kahlan and Richard are split up to complete their own separete tasks. I only hope that this will not be the case in the fourth book.

    The characters are once again fleshed out nicel and everyone is covered. From the insane leader of the Blood of the Fold, his bewitched sister, Gratch and many many others, the story unfolds with suspense that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

    I also found that Goodkind delved shallowly into the issue of homosexuality, with two lesbians. Although I found the cover good, I also found that I was laughing near the end over the joke between Kahlan and Berdine. The fact that he covered this issue made me feel good. As many books look at it in a negative way. I am glad that this one was different.

    If you enjoyed the two previous books then I recommend this one also, as it too is full of murder, mystery and many suprises which will keep you readin well into the night....more info

  • Loose story, good book
    This book suffers from the same disease that plagued Stone of Tears.

    The story is way too loose.

    Its not as loose as it was in Stone of Tears, but it has a good ending, if a bit strange.

    It does, on the other hand, reveal a lot of mysteries that entered my head while reading Stone of Tears.

    While I felt that Stone of Tears was more like a "character developement" book, this one seems more like a "mystery revealer book".

    By the way, I'm currently reading Temple of the Winds and it is even better than Wizard's First Rule!

    Wonderful storytelling, wonderful detail, wonderful characters, wonderful world, loose story....more info

  • good book*
    wow, this is a real good book, though not as good as the rest of his books, each book has its own unique way around it. this one is a flincher, i found myself really flinching and feeling pain in this one. kahlan and richards relationship is touching, and when ______ (i wont say who) confesses her lesbianism, goodkind writes with suprising elegancy and realistically. good action and always thought-provoking, very well done...more info
  • On 2nd thought, I really liked this entry in this series...
    By the time I got around to reading this series, the first two books were already in paperback, but I made sure to grab a copy of 'Blood of the Fold' in hardback because I quite frankly just couldn't wait. Is it as good as 'Wizard's First Rule' & 'Stone Of Tears'? Not quite. In fact, upon finishing it the first time I felt terribly let down. In fact I was downright disappointed. I went on to become incredibly energized with how much I enjoyed 'Temple of the Winds' but still I felt as though Terry had failed me with book 3.

    While waiting for 'Soul of the Fire' (my least favorite SoT book) I went back and re-read 'Blood of the Fold' and realized something amazing: I had underrated this book by a MILE. I was expecting more of the exact same from the first two books, and when Goodkind went in off in a different direction (than I had anticipated) I was upset, but as I went over this book the 2nd time, I found it to be much more entertaining than my initial first reading. In fact I enjoyed it quite a bit. One of my personal Pet Peeves are readers who feel that because a book doesn't go the way THEY want, the author has wasted their time and the readers money. I admit, I have fallen into this trap myself on occasion, but I have changed my ways (for the most part). I am now a firm believer that each author has the right to take THEIR story in any direction they choose, as Terry Goodkind has been known to do (see 'Soul of the Fire' & 'The Pillars of Creation') but I submit that 'Blood of the Fold' stays true to the events which began in book 1 and continued in book 2. I enjoyed in particular the introduction of the Sliph and Gratch. I think that Goodkind has a good grasp of how to move a story along, even while giving you a re-cap of events that have gone on before without making you feel as though he is treating you like your memory is broken. If you notice in most novels with sequels you are expected (by the publisher) to give some kind of catch-up of what has gone before in hopes that if someone mistakenly picks up this book without having read the first two, they won't feel hopelessly lost.

    Goodkind is simply put a gifted storyteller who has created a world rich in detail, history and incredible violence. Richard is one of my favorite protagonists in all of modern fiction not because he is perfect, but because more than anything, he just plain wants to do what is right, and not necessarily what is expected of him (which he does in pretty much each book). I DO however believe that this series is beset with the formula fantasy which has ruined many other series out there...Goodkind has set up the stage with the usual: SOMETHING directly threatens Richard & Kahlan's attempt to either be together and/or the world's security as we know it, and somehow they become separated, and in their efforts to get back together they save the day (or the world). Sure, this has become predictable, but I am enjoying it anyway mostly due to Goodkind's sheer storytelling ability. He moves the plot around enough that even though I have a good idea of what may happen next, I am not entirely certain that it will. Along the way he has also given me some genuine surprises along the way (just note the BIG surprise with Richard's Prophetic friend in 'Faith of the Fallen'). All things considered, after my 2nd go-round with 'Blood of the Fold' I have decided that this really IS a great addition to the SoT series and a stand-alone novel worthy of all the praise it has received....more info

  • Terry takes the cake
    Goodkind has done it again; although, he is remaining true to his fans. These are not for 10 year old kids. I would not recommend Terry Goodkind to a kid because they are not kid's books. If you want kids books read Doctor Seuss. Terry Goodkind is not the Brittney Spears of Modern Literature, rather a genius forever evolving fantasy novels for the better. Goodkind shows his genius in an exciting epic sure to make you want to read the next 5 books......more info
  • A "connector" novel, but at least it's a good one.
    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 gorgeous sidekick, right?) in the space of a few pages. Sobol's books had only one problem. Since the stories were collected from other sources, the first few pages of each were like a broken record, giving all the same details about how the "office" in EB's garage was set up, reintroducing the characters, etc.

    For some reason, Terry Goodkind saw fit to pull a Donald Sobel in Blood of the Fold, book three in the Sword of Truth series. The first two books, each verging on the thousand-page mark, blaze the way for a fantasy series that, if there is any justice in the world, is destined to become a classic. Blood of the Fold, however, is barely two-thirds of the length of those first two, and Goodkind spends a good chunk of the first hundred fifty pages in reacquaintance. It would make more sense had there been some of it in the second book in the series, or if this book had an extra hundred fifty pages over and above what the first two have to compensate. But given the brevity, one gets the distinct feeling that the book was padded at the insistence of a publisher who wanted to keep Goodkind pumping out one book per year.

    Not to say that Blood of the Fold isn't still a good book. Once you've invested two thousand pages' worth of time in any fantasy series, it's doubtful that re-reading stuff about what's happened before (no matter how much of it there is) is going to deter the reader from going on and finding the four hundred-odd pages of new stuff. And with Goodkind's usual readable style and almost nonstop action, the pages fly by here just as fast as they did in Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears. Of course, with only two-thirds of the bulk, that means you finish the book that much faster. Make sure you've got a copy of Temple of the Winds (book four) lying around before you start this one, or
    you may find yourself looking for a twenty-four hour bookstore at three in the morning. *** 1/2...more info

    Dear reader -

    If you've read books 1 & 2 of this series, this book will not let you down. Terry continues with his incredible gift of imagination and story telling. I loved it! Couldn't devour it fast enough - and eagerly looked forward to the next book in the series when I finished. :-)

    I highly recommend books 1-3 of this series. Action, adventure, excellently told - with magic, strange creatures and all kinds of fantastic things.....and characters you love and root for with all your heart, and bad guys you hate just as much. :-)

    Read it! You won't be sorry! :-)

    (Caution: before you move on to books 4-6 of the series though, please come back and read a few reviews on this point, I've now read through book 5 and books 4 & 5 weren't as good as books 1-3 I recommend you check some of the reviews before you continue the series.)

    -- Nancy...more info

  • another book in a wonderful series
    Just finished reading this last night, and I can't wait to read the next one. I felt though that this book was more of an introduction to the fourth book, but still good enough. I am also glad to see that the improved writing style. You won't see the lead characters, Richard and Kahlan, crying and whining every 20 pages. The stress on the Wizard's rules and Richard's "think of the solution and not the problem" motto were less over-drawn, which can be a bit annoying in the previous books. The story was good, but I was acutally more drawn into the story of the Sisters of Light than that of Richard. I found myself hoping that nest chapter would focus on the Sister Verna or the Prelate. Maybe because Richard did so many things that went wrong or stupid that turned out to be right, just because he is the hero. 4 stars because despite the flaws, its still a good fantasy and a worthy addition to the Sword of Truth series....more info
  • a magic that is not!
    im 27 now and ive read this book 2 years ago back in the philippines...
    i always wanted to own one.the spirit of the leads (khalan n richard) gives inspiration in my day to day struggle...that every difficulty needs a certain to those people whom you know wont let u down...and knowing that you are not alone would give you an inner strength to go on and fight...
    this book will make you relize, to its full extent, that love is always the foundation.
    this book emits a lot of magic...literally,emotionally..!
    magic in the sense that this will make you wish you were the mother confessor....more info
  • Better than the others
    Goodkind finally seems to be improving his writing style. This book is more of a straight-forward adventure novel, which is good. It's something Goodkind can write decently. He doesn't get burdened down with juvenile philosophy (there is a wizzard's rule, but it isn't important) or sappy emotion. This book also gives insight into Goodkind's world (neither of the first showed us anything). The ancient war is kind of cool, and the twist at the end with the mriswith was well done. This book is still not particullarly intelectual, and the characters are fairly flat, but as a purely entertaining hack-and-slash book, Blood of the Fold succeeds pretty well....more info
  • More of the same
    While Wizard's First Rule was a really enjoyable read, by the time we reach this the third book the series is becoming formulaic and simply annoying. Its seems to always be the same; something threatens Richard and Kahlan's relationship (usually a threat to the whole world as well), which is resolved by the end of the book. It's just the same stuff all over again....more info
  • Loved It
    I love the Sword of Truth series and this book is awesome. One of the shorter books in the series, but one of the books that really sets up events that unfold in later books. Terry Goodkind leads the reader through a very unpredictable plot. The thing that makes it awesome is the the plot while unpredictable is easy to understand and is believable. Recommend this book to any. Should read first two books in series first though....more info
  • The realization of invasion...
    The entire series is quite good. Characters seem alive... very enjoyable to read....more info
  • Worth your time.
    If you liked the first two books in this series than you will enjoy this one also. It is still based around the main characters Richard, Kahlan and a host of others. I have very much enjoyed the first three books in the series, and would recommend them to fantasy lovers. The Characters are very likeable, and the story lines are good and fairly complex. The endings do seem a bit rushed in the last two, including this one, but the journey is the best part of the book anyways. I am almost through the Temple of the Winds (book 4) and it is also suprisingly good.The reminiscing of events already taken place in the previous books that people complain about with Goodkinds writing is rather annoying, but you can skip those paragraphs if you've read the first two books.The books seem to be getting a little more gritty as they go on also, not as dark as Greorge r.r. Martin or anything, but not cookie cutter clean like Jordan either. All in all, if you like fantasy you should like this series. ...more info
  • Intriguing Fantasy
    Between reading the books of this series, I've read a few other books as well, and after plodding through several other authors works, I came back to this series with a newfound respect for Goodkind's prose and plotting. Personally, I don't see what more a reader could ask for in an epic fantasy- there's romance, suspense, plenty of action, and enough mystique about the world Goodkind has created to keep a person wanting more. It's not as though I hand out five star reviews all that often either- this is the only book I have ever given five stars (And though I haven't written a lot of reviews, I have read a lot of books and would covet perhaps only one other with a five star rating.) For whatever reason, it seems that there is a flux of mixed reviews, both of people who really enjoy this series and of people who don't appreciate it. Accusations of copycating other author's works seem to be a common theme amongst those who don't like it, but when all is said and done, every author borrows ideas- there is no shame in studying prose and reading books to guide you along the way in your own storytelling. It's the extent to which it is done that would be indicative of outright plagurism. Overdoing the so called "borrowing of ideas", of course, would actually implicate plagurism, but I think when "borrowing ideas" for a story is done in proper measure, the resulting story would more appropriately be termed as being "inspired as a result of" or a "work in the spirit of it" rather than a "ripoff" or a "copycat." Technically, according to the standards some reviewers have deemed appropriate, almost any author who could have a book placed into a particular genre could be classified as someone who copies ideas, because there are common themes that run in certain books that allow it to be categorized into one genre or another, and the very fact that it can even be categorized at all is proof that it is "unoriginal." You could probably name the fantasy books that don't have either some form or appearance by either a dragon, a king, or a castle on one hand. Take this review for what it's worth, this book and the whole series is definitely original enough in its own right, and it is well worth reading. ...more info
  • One of Terry Goodkind's Best
    If you found the 2nd book to be a little slow, then this one won't let you down. I couldn't stop reading it! I finished this book faster than any book I have ever read before. This is from someone who doesn't care for the fantasy genre either!...more info
  • A surprise
    This book was actually a surprise for me, I enjoyed it more than book two. I accused book two of borrowing too heavily from the Wheel of Time and I stand by that, but this one is interesting.

    I see some of the characters grow a bit and felt an intese interest in turning the page.

    I like this book. If it deterorates, as some suggest, with book five or so, then I will abandon it like the Wheel of Time. But for the time being, I recommend this, assuming you've read the first two. This book will have no meaning if you haven't....more info
  • As Richard had previously...
    First of all, I'd like to say that this book is no lower than the standard quality of his previous book. Which was about average. The first book was brilliant, but i found it a little confusing when he said he would call the next book Wizard's Second Rule, and spent countless hours searching for it, only to find that he'd changed the title and had several more books.
    Alot of my friends were discouraged from this series, because they found the thickness daunting. Well, alot, and i seriously mean alot of that could've been cut down. Goodkind spends a least half of this book recounting what had happened in the previous novels. I am now reading the fourth one, and reading a synopsis of three books is a) very distracting from the story and b) extremely mind numbing and boring. I have "trained" my eyes to skim over those parts, picking up anything different, but seriously it's just a waste of mine, yours and his time.
    Aside from that, the book is very interesting and i think that he's done a very good job with it. Although i look forward to the next novel, i fear i'll also be reading the previous four. ...more info
  • A fun story . . . A warning for readers.
    I've read all of the 9 books in this series (some of them more than once), and I've read a lot of other fantasy. This book is an entertaining continuation of Richard and Kahlan's story. I enjoyed it.

    The first five books in this series are fun and entertaining, the characters are complex and exciting, but the series starts to deteriorate after book five. For more information, see my other reviews of the books in the Sword of Truth Series....more info
  • good, but we've seen it before.....
    This book was good, the plot was interesting, but I have to say that it is already old. The story is as a reviewer put it, a soap opera episode, with each book being a "new installment", never finishing. The pattern of suspense, drama, dark torture and then a rushed conclusion is seen in this as well.

    What can I say, it was interesting and it wasn't a problem that was conjectured up out of then air. I have to say that is was fairly creative. Especially with the dwelling into the history of magic hating. However, Richard's genius, and ability to get out of any situation has gotten really annoying. If they had said he is a "rare person" one more time I would have thrown the book across the wall. The romance was nice, and it was really sweet to see them together. The continuing simplicity of the narrative is also well paced.

    It is a soap opera, and it won't end for another 10 books or so. I recommend, read the first three/four, and if the ending of the series in the next years gets any better, then you should probably continue. If not, read this book and/or the next, then write at the bottom of the last page, "Richard and Kahlan live happily ever after. The End."...more info
  • pay by the page
    These books aren't really well written. If you start the series expecting Robin Hobb or George R R Martin, you WILL be disappointed. Nevertheless, each book in this series is pretty readable if rather predictable. I like them because they're long, 1000 pages for $8 is cheap entertainment....more info
  • Great Read
    I liked it. Good enough, but not quite as good as books 1,2 and 4....more info
  • Good only for the initiated

    This book should only be read if you were very interested in the first two novels and wondered what happened next. The book could be titled: What Happened to Gar and Other Important Matters. It's likable enough as the sort of pulp fantasy fiction that many readers enjoy on a plane or at the beach or perhaps visiting the in-laws and looking for an escape. In short, to qualify as a buyer, you should:

    1) Have read Wizard's First Rule (and liked it)

    2) Have Read Stone of Tears (and liked it too)

    3) Want to read something but not in the mood to look for something new.


    I'm afraid we don't have any earth shattering insight to offer here about a rather pedestrian book. Nothing but fun-no highbrow literature here. If you're looking for something important, seek elsewhere. But you knew that from the first two books. The sex stuff has escalated to levels that parents should prohibit the book from children below a certain maturity level. Imagine a pretty intense R-rated slasher flick in text and you'll have a pretty good idea.

  • Goodkind Delivers, Yet Again
    Blood of the Fold picks up where Stone of Tears left off. Goodkind continues his rip-roaring adventure in a break-neck pace. One thing that this author can never be accused of is being boring. The characters are as good as ever. I really enjoyed the plot as well. While, to me, this book is not as good as Stone of Tears, it is still a fantastic adventure. Goodkind has so much going on in his world, I wonder how he keeps up with it. He has yet to disappoint me! This series is worth your time for certain. Enjoy!...more info
  • The end of the "Sword of Truth" series
    Generally I am not one to stop and write a review of a book, but I felt the need to warn others who have limited time to invest in sci-fi series novels. I have read the first two installments of this series "Wizards First Rule, and Stone of Tears," both excellent novels. I went ahead and bought "Blood of the Fold:" which was a great disappointment. Mr. Goodkind degenerates into endless feminist tirades that take away from the plot and spoil the book. I had been looking forward to the next two books. I would suggest readers stop after the first two. I stopped reading half way through this one....more info
  • This was the beginning of the end
    Just pretend that this book didn't exist. Stone of Tears and Wizards First Rule remain to be my favorite books. This book introduced a new nemesis called emperor Jagang that seems to pop up as an excuse to extend this series indefinitely. No mention of him in the two pervious books except at the epilogue of Stone of Tears. The story plot also becomes a little sloppy starting with this book.

    If you really wanna treasure this series, don't do what I did. Stop at Stone of Tears and forget about the rest....more info