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Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, Book 8)
Naked Empire - Sword of Truth, Book 8
Author: Terry Goodkind
Beginning with Wizard's First Rule and continuing with six subsequent fantasy masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled and awed millions of readers worldwide. Now Goodkind returns with a broad-canvas adventure of epic intrigue, violent conflict, and terrifying peril for the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and her husband, the heroic Richard Rahl...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780765344304
ISBN-10: 0765344300
Publication Date: 6/2004
Pages: 752
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 285 ratings
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, Book 8) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Full of rape, torture, murder, blood and guts (literally). NOT good books, but very engaging. I was unable to put them down, and have lost a lot of sleep during the two months it took me to read the entire series. I cringed, I cried, I gasped, I had nightmares. I can't imagine what kind of twisted mind thinks up this kind of stuff.
In regards to the tv series based on these books DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. THEY ARE FULL OF CRAP THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOOKS. I had to force myself to at least give them a chance, but was so pissed off within the first few minutes of the very first episode. I don't understand why the author had to butcher the story.
Anyway, read at your own discression. Not for kids or teenagers (or even a lot of adults :)
reviewed Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, Book 8) on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is not going to stop me from reading the rest of the books in the series, because I love the story of Richard and Kahlan's struggle, but I cannot say that this was a good book. I've come to accept that Goodkind thrives on explicit gory details of violent acts, but I cannot stomach how preachy he can get. Some times, Richard seems a little too one-sided in this book, especially in regards to the Bandakar. And the Bandakar are also another annoying group that Goodkind made up. They are simply too one-sided in their belief to be considered real or for my suspension of disbelief. I liked the Richard that was learning and was humble and was training, as was in the first books, but since he became Lord Rahl, it seems that his speeches on freedom and the need for war have gotten longer and more self-righteous. His ideas are too solidified too solidified in this book, and it seems that he is no longer consulting Kahlan for decisions. This does not make for me a redeeming nor admirable hero. I feel that in book 8, more than ever, Richard has become a walking ideal that everyone must protect a little too much, and a hero who wags his tongue with lengthy speeches a little too much, which makes him almost seem as though he had no compassion. And I believe in terms of writing, this was the most repetitive book yet. One thing is to mention things of the past to remind readers of events in previous books, another is to remind the reader of what happened in the previous chapter. There's A LOT of useless repetition that does that contribute to the plot, nor the style of the book.

In book 9, I'm hoping that with the focus away from Richard and more on Kahlan, that book 9 will be less like an arena for Goodkind to express long "inspiring" speeches on freedom, politics, absolute evil, and the necessity of war, and more like another great installment of Richard and Kahlan's story, like book 6, Faith of the Fallen, was, which was surprisingly, my favorite of all the 8 I've read so far.
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Helpful Score: 2
great book
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I really enjoyed this series.
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Helpful Score: 1
I love this series. I am on my second round
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reviewed Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, Book 8) on + 63 more book reviews
The eighth in The Sword of Truth series; Richard and Kahlan are still on their quest for the answer to ridding their world of the evil from the Old World. Once again Terry Goodkind proves that he is the best in fantasy fiction!
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Another good book in the fantasy series. I liked the fact that Richard and Kahlan shared their adventure together in this one. As always, the characters are on the verge of dieing and the Empire taking over.


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