*Terrific storytelling from the man acclaimed by the great Marrion Zimmer Bradley as the next Tolkien. *Fantasy aimed squarely at the adult market - complex plotting and sophisticated characterisation make these novels unputdownable. *"A real born storyteller is a gift and Terry Goodkind is one of the good kind" Anne McCaffrey.
Terry Goodkind's first novel, Wizard's First Rule immediately established him as one of the world's bestselling authors. Each subsequent book in the Sword of Truth series sold better than the one before and some twenty million copies of books in the series have now been sold. He lives in the USA.
The fourth entry in Goodkind's Sword of Truth fantasy saga opens only weeks after the close of Blood of the Fold (1996). The evil Emperor Jagang is not dead, after all, but is still scheming against Richard Cypher, bearer of the Sword, and against Richard's betrothed, Kahlan Amnell, the Mother Confessor. The schemes go far beyond mere invasion or assassination: their centerpiece is a magically spread plague that brings hideous death, particularly to children. To stop this pestilence, Richard must find the long-lost Temple of the Winds; and in order to do that, he and Kahlan must forswear their love and each marry another. Sundry subplots involving the wizard Zedd and other well-drawn characters fill out the book. Goodkind's prose sometimes lags, but his ingenuity rarely does (his magical-traveling sliph is a gem), though the roles he assigns to women sometimes languish at the level of pop-feminism. Even so, the many readers who have traveled this far in the series should wander happily through this addition. (Oct.)
A deadly plague sweeps the fantasy world of Goodkind's best-selling series.