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Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the eleven-volume Sword of Truth series, beginning with Wizard's 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.


This is the eighth entry in Goodkind's massive "Sword of Truth" series. While the publisher touts this as a "standalone" novel, don't believe it. New listeners will find the rapid regurgitation of back story and the slew of characters and references incomprehensible if they are not familiar with the preceding volumes. This installment begins as Richard Raul and his wife, Kahlan, journey to the land of D'Hara to continue fighting the evil Emperor Jagang, the Dream Walker. They are accompanied by their friends Jensen, Tom, and Cara and a stupid goat that receives way too much attention from the author. The group is pursued by evil birds and mysterious entities full of dire warnings; they stumble into the land of Bandakar, whose people have been banished there by an evil wizard. While the Wizard's Eight Rule is revealed, it remains untranslated, heralding another long book in our near future. Listeners will be mystified by this one. While the production is adequate, the price is high for a subpar series entry. Read by Jim Bond, this is guardedly recommended for libraries where Goodkind is popular.-Barbara Perkins, formerly with Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring." --Kirkus on Wizard's First Rule"Wonderful." --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 was 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"...thoroughly enjoyable." --VOYA on Soul of the Fire"Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers." --Romantic Times on Faith of the Fallen"Near-perfect pacing, well-realized settings, and superior descriptive narrative." --VOYA on The Pillars of Creation

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