Stone of Tears

Stone of Tears

Book - 1995
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Kirkus called Wizard's First Rule, Book One of The Sword of Truth, "a wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy debut." Piers Anthony lauded it as "a phenomenal fantasy, endlessly inventive, that surely marks the commencement of one of the major careers in the genre. It starts in early and keeps hitting you with new magical wonders, building into a truly gripping adventure."

In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominance of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen. He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, who brought a powerful but benevolent justice to the land before Rahl's evil scourge. Aided by Zedd, the last of the wizards who opposed Rahl, they were able to cast him into the underworld, saving the world from the living hell of life under Rahl.

But the veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

If Rahl isn't stopped, he will free the Keeper itself, an evil entity whose power is so vast and foul that once freed, it can never again be contained.

Richard and Kahlan must face Rahl and the Keeper's terrible minions. But first, Richard must endure the ministrations of the Sisters of the Light, or die from the pain of magic that is his birthright and his curse. While Richard undertakes the arduous journey to the forbidden city of the Sisters, Kahlan must embark upon a long and dangerous mission to Aydindril, citadel of the old wizards, where she hopes to find Zedd and the help only he can lend to their desperate cause.

War, suffering, torture, and deceit lie in their paths, and nothing will save them from a destiny of violent death, unless their courage and faith are joined with luck and they find the elusive... Stone of Tears .

Publisher: New York : T. Doherty, c1995
ISBN: 9780312857066
0312857063
Branch Call Number: FIC Goodk 3558
Characteristics: 703 p. :,map

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ZE1TGE15T
May 18, 2016

There were things I liked and things I didn't about "Stone of Tears".

It seemed after "Wizard's First Rule", that there wouldn't be much to add to this saga. Goodkind's creation of the New World really introduced a way to make it possible.

I think the writing isn't very poetic. The way he narrates things is very direct and he doesn't spend much time describing the beauty of things. However drab the writing is at times, I still didn't lose interest. Somehow the story is very compelling, and there is still beauty in the world. I liked the character Gratch. Richard was also enjoyable to follow.

Some of the characters were described in the very beginning and didn't show up until about 600 pages later. Seems there are some story gaps or something. Some characters were introduced and the author just sort of tests them out and decides they don't have much chemistry with another character so he just makes them disappear.

Sometimes the author creates these unusual arcane rules about the magic in the Midlands. He uses it to bridge gaps in writing. Like why couldn't Richard just go to "X" person...Because the magic of this collar stops him from moving between some barrier. Sometimes it makes sense, but other times it's silly and obvious to the point that you can tell the only point of some of the magic is the glue keeping the story making sense.

So, some good, some bad. Overall, I really did enjoy it. This book kept true to the first and had a certain nostalgia about it that makes fantasy great.

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danomcd
Dec 12, 2014

I kept trying to read this but I honestly couldn't care about any of the characters. Knowing that a lot of people really love this series I might try it again but I would definitely not recommend trying to read the first book and this one back to back.

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DDTan
Jun 04, 2014

One of the best fantasy books out there. I highly suggest this book to mature audiences who are into fantasy.

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Bryher
Nov 15, 2013

I was first drawn to this series after watching the TV show. The two are very different, but the first book "Wizard's First Rule" was ok. Some of the evil things done in the book made me uncomfortable, but they weren't too much to handle and they were fairly short scenes. When I started with this book however, I was disgusted enough to quit reading. I understand that they are battling evil and so the villians needs to play their role. I was just too disturbed to continue with this series. I will continue to enjoy the TV show (although it is now sadly over), but I don't think I can stomach any more of Mr. Goodkind's books.

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maddie21
Jan 05, 2012

this book was reeealllllyy good i cant decide which was better the first book or the second book?... great book! i'd recommed it to any others who like adventure and dont mind too much violence! :)

Russia347 Nov 09, 2011

That was the best book I ever read!!!

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crazybookworm96
May 30, 2011

this book was just as fantastic as the the first, lots of action!!

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re_discover
Apr 14, 2010

I really enjoyed the second book in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Series. Nice plot continuation from the first book, yet plenty of new adventures too.

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mariafrie
Jul 31, 2009

An awesome book that inculedes new rules, the up's and down's of love, learning leaderhip, and mistical magic

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SirReal34
Jan 02, 2011

SirReal34 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Apr 14, 2010

re_discover thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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DDTan
Jun 04, 2014

"The Greatest harm and result from the best of intentions."

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