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Temple of the Winds

By Terry Goodkind

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Format: Paperback / softback, 992 pages
Published In: Australia, 31 December 1998
Return to the world of Richard Cypher, whose adventures have stirred the blood and filled the hearts of legions of satisfied readers. When Richard was a simple woods guide, he never dreamed he would get caught up in magic, war, and dangers so extraordinary that the fate of his entire world would hang on his actions and decisions. Over the course of his journeys Richard learned to accept his true role, first as the Seeker and the wielder of the Sword of Truth, and then, in "Stone of Tears," as the new Lord Rahl and the war wizard who led the fight against the Keeper and his dark minions. Everything Richard has learned thus far, all the wisdom, the magic, and the conviction he holds, will be for naught as the power-mad Emperor Jagang returns with his multitude of demonic underlings. For Richard must now challenge the impossible: the magic that thwarts magic, the three-thousand-years-sealed-away fortress of evil that has begun to infect the world with a terrible, sorcerous plague. He must find the Temple of the Winds. But once the shadow of betrayal falls across that mission, Richard must accept the Truth and find a way to undo the damage...or his world will perish.

About the Author

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.

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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.

"Goodkind has the extraordinary ability to imbue rousing fantasy adventure with a rare emotional depth, once again exploring the power of love and forgiveness in a tour de force of mesmerizing storytelling." --RT Book Reviews

EAN: 9780812551488
ISBN: 0812551486
Publisher: Tor Australia
Dimensions: 15.39 x 12.73 x 4.57 centimetres (0.73 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Ciska on
 
Terry Goodking is a literary genius. Even if you don't like fantasy that much, you're bound to like this series. It is so rich with ideas and detail that you feel everything the chracters feel. This book is a prime example, especially with the brutaility of some of the antagonists.
Kat on
 
Another epic addition to the Sword of Truth series. Terry Goodkind is a great fantasy author who can keep you engaged even after reading a truely huge amount about the lead characters, Kahlan and Richard. With over 10 books (each over 600 pages, save for 'Debt of Bones'), featuring these characters, and still going strong, it is really a testament to his skill as a fantasy author.
Kat on
 
Another of the 'Sword of Truth' series, and another great novel by Terry Goodkind. Don't let the less than inspiring cover art fool you - this is a great book, as are all the others in the series. If you object to a small amount 'adult content' such as some gore or sex (some not consensual), then this series may not be for you, however it is certainly not the focus of the books. You will enjoy great characterization, an engaging plotline, and a story to remember.

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