STONE OF TEARS (The Sword of Truth) by Terry Goodkind [Review]

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I finally finished book 2 in Terry Goodkind’s The Sword Of Truth series, The Stone of Tears and was pleasantly surprised to find it to be just as good, if not better, than the first book. Recently, I was chatting with some friends about reading and one of my friends commented on how they don’t generally like fantasy books because they aren’t fast paced enough and typically contain too much detail. I could see where he was coming from. Some fantasy books will spend several pages describing a hillside which can put readers to sleep. Anyway, the conversation got me reflecting on The Stone Of Tears and why I like it so much. Even though this is a fantasy book, it’s heavy on action, and doesn’t overdo the details.

Another thing I liked about The Stone Of Tears is that it will jump from one plot line to the next to keep things moving. New characters are weaved in, similar to the first book, but it’s done in a well thought out way. By this I mean that you’ll get invested in the new characters. A few of my favorites from this book are Warren (a wizard in training), Sister Verna (a sorceress), and Gratch (a short tailed Gar). Also, I loved how the book developed our main characters, Richard, Kahlan, and Zed. In The Stone Of Tears, they set off in 3 different directions and each end up getting stymied in some terrible situations. To see how each character reacted to different obstacles without having the others there to rely on gave some new perspective and depth to them. For example, Zed had to fight off some fierce creatures of the underworld, Kahlan led a war, and Richard gets stuck in time. If that doesn’t make for some good reading I’m not really sure what does. My only gripe about this book is that Chase and Rachel aren’t in it too much. I’m hoping they will get more pages in the next book, The Blood Of The Fold.

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