Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In the eagerly awaited second volume of bestseller Goodkind's Chainfire trilogy, which will wrap up his long-running Sword of Truth series, star-crossed Richard Cypher (aka Lord Richard Rahl) searches for his beautiful 'phantom' wife, Kahlan Amnell, who lost her memory in 2005's Chainfire after the Sisters of the Dark cast a spell on her. Meanwhile, Richard has memorized a magical instruction book, The Book of Counted Shadows, which will help open the three boxes of the Orden, though the consequences could be dire for the Old World: 'Open the correct box, and one gains the power of Orden-the essence of life itself, power over all things living and dead... Open the wrong box... and every living thing in existence is incinerated into nothingness. It would be the end of all life.' Despite the simplistic good vs. evil conflict and bland prose, the author expertly juggles many complex plot lines and brings to life a host of colorful characters. Goodkind has recently made a deal with Sam Raimi of the Spiderman franchise to translate the series into film." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Goodkind, as usual, delivers a high-quality story. The world in which his people live is vibrant and wondrous to behold." Bookreporter.com
"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring."
--Kirkus Reviews on Wizard's First Rule
--Kliatt on Stone of Tears
"Each volume of the Sword of Truth... proves more difficult to review than the last. There are only so many ways of heaping praise on a series that gets better and better."
--SFX on Blood of the Fold
"...outstanding work...adrenaline and characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended."
--San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds
--VOYA on Soul of the Fire
"Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers."
--Romantic Times Bookclub on Faith of the Fallen
"Near-perfect pacing, well-realized settings, and superior descriptive narrative."
--VOYA on The Pillars of Creation
A #1 bestseller, this latest Sword of Truth novel is the direct sequel to Chainfire and the second installment of a new trilogy. 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 the world began to end.
The new novel of Richard and Kahlan, and the direct sequel to Chainfire
About the Author
Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the eleven-volume Sword of Truth series, beginning with Wizards First Rule, the basis for the television show Legend of the Seeker. Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school. Alongside a career in wildlife art, he has also been a cabinetmaker and a violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says. While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife Jeri have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.