Terry Goodkind

Updated Saturday, 24 November, 2012

Terry Goodkind is another author I discovered through the Science Fiction Book Club. Temple of the Winds was a Selection of the Month I neglected to respond to. As has often been the case with such books, it turned out to be quite good, and prompted me to read more of the series.

Books I've Read by Terry Goodkind

Prequel to The Sword of Truth

The Sword of Truth

  1. Wizard's First Rule (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Wizard's First Rule

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help . . .and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    In a dark age when it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the beat of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them—for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not tell him.

    In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan cals upon Richard to reach beyond his sword—to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . .or that their time has run out.

    This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend. (book description)

    Personal note: I've actually read this book twice. The first time I read it I liked it so much, I gave it 5 stars. Enough time elapsed between the first and second readings that I remembered almost nothing from the book and enjoyed it enough to keep with it even after I realized that I'd already read it once. It is the first book to an epic series with 11 novels plus a prequel (11 for now, anyway).

  2. Stone of Tears (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Stone of Tears

    Kahlan has at last gained the one goal she had always thought was beyond her grasp . . .love. Against all odds, the ancient bonds of secret oaths, and the dark talents of men long dead, Richard had won her heart.

    Amid sudden and disastrous events, Richard's life is called due to satisfy those treacherous oaths. To save his life, Kahlan must forsake Richard's love and cast him into the chains of slavery, knowing there could be no sin worse than such a betrayal.

    Richard is determined to unlock the secrets bound in the magic of ancient oaths and to again be free. Kahlan, alone with the terrible truth of what she has done, must set about altering the course of a world thrown into war. But even that may be easier than ever winning back the heart of the only man she will ever love. (book description)

    Personal note: This series has promise, and although the reading can be a little difficult at times, it's worth the effort in the end.

  3. Blood of the Fold (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Blood of the Fold

    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 they last 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 fantasy 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. (book description)

    Personal note: I really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m enjoying the entire series. Mr. Goodkind is doing an excellent job of staying on top of a very complex plot with lots of characters going different directions. I think he might be overdoing it a bit in terms of having various characters just miss each other, not knowing how close they are to meeting, but that does little to detract from the books.

  4. Temple of the Winds (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Temple of the Winds

    Return to the world of Richard Cypher, whose adventures have stirred the blood and filled the hearts of legions of satisfied readers. When Richard was a simple woods guide, he never dreamed he would get caught up in magic, war, and dangers so extraordinary that the fate of his entire world would hang on his actions and decisions. Over the course of his journeys Richard learned to accept his true role, first as the Seeker and the wielder of the Sword of Truth, and then, in Stone of Tears, as the new Lord Rahl and the war wizard who led the fight against the Keeper and his dark minions.

    Everything Richard has learned thus far, all the wisdom, the magic, and the conviction he holds, will be for naught as the power-mad Emperor Jagang returns with his multitude of demonic underlings. For Richard must now challenge the impossible: the magic that thwarts magic, the three-thousand-years-sealed-away fortress of evil that has begun to infect the world with a terrible, sorcerous plague. He must find the Temple of the Winds. But once the shadow of betrayal falls across that mission, Richard must accept the Truth and find a way to undo the damage . . .or his world will perish. (book description)

  5. (I haven't read this book, yet) Soul of the Fire (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Soul of the Fire

    Return to the world of Wizard?s First Rule, which "has everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy" (Publishers Weekly), the world of Richard Cypher, a simple woods guide who never dreamed he would get caught up in magic, war, and dangers so extraordinary that the fate of the entire world would hang on his actions and decisions.

    In Wizard?s First Rule Richard and Kahlan Amnell, the Mother Confessor of the Midlands and the woman he would come to love, were the last hope against the forces of Darken Rahl, who had vowed to enslave the land on behalf of the Keeper, the evil lord of the Underworld.

    Richard slowly learned to accept his true role, first as Seeker and wielder of the Sword of Truth and then, in Stone of Tears, as the new Lord Rahl and war wizard who led the fight against the Keeper and his Dark minions.

    Richard managed to seal the Keeper in the Underworld and, in Blood of the Fold, defended the midlands from genocidal armies of the Blood of the Fold.

    In Temple of the Winds Richard was faced with an evil even he couldn?t stand against—a dread plague loosed by the mad Emperor Jagang. Only by journeying to the Temple of the Winds was Richard able to thwart the plans of Jagang and save his world and the life of his Beloved Kahlan.

    But when Kahlan summoned the dominion of the chimes to save Richard, unwittingly she loosed arcane powers that now not only threaten those she loves, but are bent on reshaping the world itself into forbidding visions that will forever alter the very nature of life itself.

    Richard and Kahlan must now hunt the chimes, those most mysterious of hunters—the unseen stalkers of souls, the thieves of order—and in so doing plunge headfirst into danger perilous. For there is no place so dangerous as a world without magic. (book description)

  6. (I haven't read this book, yet) Faith of the Fallen (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Faith of the Fallen

    Bestselling New York Times author Terry Goodkind revisits his gripping Sword of Truth books with the eagerly anticipated Faith of the Fallen. In the sixth installment of this beloved series, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell struggle against threats to the freedom of the world, testing both their endurance and their love for one another. As his beloved Kahlan lies close to death, Richard—who distrusts prophecy more than anyone—is confronted by a compelling vision that bears a terrible price: taking Kahlan away from the protection of the army he leads, and abandoning his people to a grim fate.

    Kahlan, left behind and unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, violates prophecy and breaks her last pledge to Richard. Finally, she will come face to face with the architect of the terror sweeping her land: the mad dreamwalker, Emperor Jagang, who is poised to unleash his formidable fury on the New World.

    Meanwhile, in Emperor Jagang's sprawling encampment, Nicci, a Sister of the Dark, is tormented by her memory of Richard yet is captivated by the inexplicable strength that she saw in this gaze. Despite her hunger to understand the source of his indomitable will, her burning passion to destroy him commits her to the unthinkable and draws her into a haunting, epic conflict.

    This latest compelling installment in the Sword of Truth series showcases Richard and Kahlan's further struggles against the relentless, monolithic forces of the Imperial Order, resulting in Goodkind's most captivating novel yet. (book description)

  7. (I haven't read this book, yet) The Pillars of Creation (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    The Pillars of Creation

    Sequel to the New York Times bestselling Faith of the Fallen, New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind has created his most lavish adventure yet.

    Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, a young woman named Lauren seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin.

    With winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, Richard Rahl and his wife Kahlan must venture deep into a strange and desolate land. Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter.

    Meanwhile, Lauren finds herself drawn into the center of a struggle for conquest and revenge. Worse yet, she finds her will seized by forces more abhorrent than anything she ever envisioned. Only then does she come to realize that the voices were real.

    Staggered by loss and increasingly isolated, Richard and Kahlan must stop the relentless, unearthly threat which has come out of the darkest night of the human soul. To do so, Richard will be called upon to face the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation.

    Discover breathtaking adventure and true nobility of spirit. Find out why millions of readers the world over have elevated Terry Goodkind to the ranks of legend. (book description)

  8. (I haven't read this book, yet) Naked Empire (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Naked Empire

    Beginning with Wizard's First Rule and continuing with six subsequent masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled and awed millions of readers worldwide. Now Goodkind returns with a sweeping adventure of epic intrigue, violent conflict, and terrifying peril for the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and her husband, the heroic Richard Rahl, the Sword of Truth.

    Richard Rahl has been poisoned. Saving an empire from annihilation is the price of the antidote. With the shadow of death looming, the empire crumbling before the invading hordes, and time running out, Richard is offered not only his own life but the salvation of a people, in exchange for delivering his wife, Kahlan, into bondage to the enemy. (book description)

  9. Chainfire

    1. (I haven't read this book, yet) Chainfire (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)


      After being gravely injured in a surprise attack, Richard Rahl awakes to discover his beloved Kahlan missing. To his disbelief, no one remembers the woman he is frantically trying to find. Worse, not even his closest friends believe she really exists, or that he was ever married.

      Alone as never before, Richard must find the woman he loves more than life itself . . .if she is still alive. If she was ever even real. (book description)

    2. (I haven't read this book, yet) Phantom (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)

      On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end. As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil itself would finally possess her, body, and soul. If she is to survive in a murky world of deception and betrayal, where life is not only cheap but fleeting, Kahlan must find out why she is such a central figure in the war-torn world swirling around her. What she uncovers are secrets darker than she could ever have imagined. (book description)

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