Stone of Tears - Sword of Truth, Book 2 Author:Terry Goodkind An Epic of Awesome Power — 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 has won her heart. — Amid sudden and disastrous events, Richard's life is called due to satisfy those treacherous oaths. To save ... more »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.« less
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This is a great book in a series of many great titles. I have read the whole Sword of Truth novel collection two times. I started reading them in High School and was so satisfied to finally get to finish the series just recently. If you are into fantasy you will not be let down by this book or by any of the other Sword of Truth novels.
After the death of Sorcerer Darken Rahl, Richard Cypher?a woods guide turned reluctant hero?finds that his responsibilities have only just begun. He seeks a teacher to help him control his magical gift but is caught in a difficult struggle to retain control over his destiny. Goodkind's talents for world building and characterization are again featured in this sequel to Wizard's First Rule (LJ 9/15/94). He explores not only the deeds but the innermost thoughts of his heroes and villains.
Darken Rahl, from beyond the veil, has begun to summon a sinister power worse than any he has wielded before.
Armed with the Sword of Truth, Richard Cypher, now become Richard Rahl, must learn to control his own newfound power, or the world will spin into darkness unending.
The Sisters of Light promise help. While Richard journeys to their forbidden city, his beloved Kahlan sets out for Ayindril, citadel of the old wizards, in search of Zedd and the help only he can lend. War, suffering, torture, and deceit lie in their paths. So, also, does their destiny.
Joshua W. reviewed Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, Book 2) on
Helpful Score: 3
In the beggining of the novel, our hero, Richard Cypher, looks forward to a wonderful life with the Mother Confessor, Kahlan Amnel, at his side, as his wife. Having found a way to wed Kahlan, despite her seductive power's ability to rob him of his soul, Richard begins to believe all of his troubles have finally died with the powerful wizard, Darken Rahl.
Upon his departure from his newly acquired D'Haran Palace, Richard's grandfather, Zedd, and his best friend, Chase, begin discussing the closure of the magical Box of Orden. However, Lurking in the shadows, an underworld beast, the screeling hastily makes his way for Chase and Zedd. Will the wizard and boundary warden fall before this seemingly invincible creature? Or will the Spirits somehow give the two sanctuary?
"The masterful telling of Richard Cypher's odyssey began in Wizard's First Rule continues with an ordeal that will test him, body and soul.
"Using his emerging arcane talents and the power of the Sword of Truth which only he can wield, Richard faces the ultimate evil, the dread Keeper of the underworld, who has freed the spirit of his nemisis, Darken Rahl. Unless Richard can control his powers, no one, not even Richard's beloved Kahlan, the powerful, yet benevolent Mother Confessor, will survive the Keeper's plot.
"But keeping Richard from his magic are the Sisters of the Light, who while vowing to train him to discipline his talent, hold his liberty -- his very life -- in their hands. Can Richard win his freedom before the world is destroyed by the foul magic of the underworld?"
This novel is a must-read for all who read The Wizard's First Rule. Though slow-paced compared to its predeccessor, this novel is definately a thriller to the end.
Owen W. (west) reviewed Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, Book 2) on
Terry Goodkind is my favorite author hands down. I started reading these books when I was fourteen. Looking back, I admit that I was young for these books, but the great thing about Terry Goodkind is that he will draw you in to the story. Many complain that he includes torture and rape, and other taboo topics in his stories. Two things: Not to sound boorish, but Mr. Goodkind is simply writing about a realistic fantasy setting: these things happen in our world too. In a way, the torture etc makes the story more memorable, and richer.
Some may say how could rape make something more memorable. It does this because Goodkind makes us love his characters. When they have to endure such hardship such as rape or torture, the focus is not on the torture, but rather on the character. Goodkinds characters are the richest i have found thus far in my 18 years, and audiences cheer them on as they go.