Sword of Truth

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Idril Alfauro, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Idril Alfauro

    Idril Alfauro

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    Anyone ever read the Sword of Truth series? I found book 2 of 3 in the free book bin outside the used bookstore and I got so sucked in I had to buythe 3rd book off Amazon so I could see how the story ended! They are very well written, I was able to follow everything that happened without reading the 1st book.

    Anyone who likes the Wheel of Time will like Sword of Truth. :)
     
  2. Barmacral Tigana

    Barmacral Tigana Gaidin Master of the Watch

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    The series is like 10 or so books long, FYI. Also I generally strongly recommend against ever reading this series as the author is an awful human being and deserves as little support or recognition as possible.
     
  3. Sorcha Al'Verdan

    Sorcha Al'Verdan Aes Sedai

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    Yeah, definitely a good series to buy secondhand (because Goodkind does not deserve any more of anyone's money). I especially liked book 6, Faith of the Fallen. It ended up being a little Randian, but the story was good I thought. I stopped reading after it jumped the shark and the whole inkblot transfer thing happened (not a spoiler unless you've read the books already, in which case still not a spoiler).
     
  4. Stephen Lightheart

    Stephen Lightheart Aes Sedai

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    Oh! I love torture by hot ladies scantily clad in red leather.

    I have yet to read more poorly written fantasy, personally.

    Also, story time! Once upon a time, I had my own fantasy/scifi book review site. We published a review of Goodkind's then newest book. At the time, Tor (Goodkind's publisher) was very much into social media. They had hired people to manage several different Facebook pages and Twitter handles. They hired a really great reviewer, Aidan, to manage their Tor Fantasy Twitter and Facebook. The guy thought our review was hilarious and jokingly retweeted it. A day later, after Goodkind had contacted his publisher, Aidan was fired and Tor discontinued their themed social media presence.

    A few months passed, and I was getting some messages here and there that people had trouble reaching my website. After some work figuring out what the problem was, it turned out that Goodkind had decided on some extra revenge. My site, The Ranting Dragon, was located at rantingdragon.com. Goodkind had personally bought therantingdragon.com and set the DNS to his personal website.

    So, yeah, I'm not a fan of the guy. It helps that his writing is absolutely awful imo. All the glorified rape scenes definitely seem to be a reflection of his character.
     
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  5. Idril Alfauro

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    I am well aware that he wrote more than three books, however the story I read was only contained within three books. I didn't read the first one, but I found the 2nd book, Phantom, in the free book bin outside the used book store, and bought the 3rd book, Opressor, off of Amazon. I am not generally a fan of the fantasy genre (in fact these three Sword of Truth books and the WOT books I've read are the only fantasy books I've ever read), but I thought those two books were loads of fun. Especially the part where Khaless (sp?) is walked through the the imperialist army naked to find men who can see her so they can guard her, and she surreptitiously kills them one by one. Also, thinking back on it, the evil witches do kind of remind me of the sisters of the Black Ajah in WOT. Is it the BEST fiction ever, no. But WOT has its drawbacks too. I'm at the end of the 4th book right now in WOT, and I feel that some parts of these books drag out a bit at times, but then suddenly there's cool battle or something and it draws me back in lol.

    I'm also not in the habit of researching the biography of the authors I read so *shrug*. I mean J.K. Rowling is kinda horrible person too but everyone still loves Harry Potter XD
     
  6. Alora Sionn

    Alora Sionn Mama Wolf Gaidin Forum Moderator

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    Very true:lol
     
  7. Stephen Lightheart

    Stephen Lightheart Aes Sedai

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    Not true. I read HP as an adult and J.K. Rowling's horribleness is absolutely clear on every page of the books. I enjoyed the stories but hated the books. I am of the opinion that people who love HP probably do so because they were too young to realize how awful those books are. :p
     
  8. Sorcha Al'Verdan

    Sorcha Al'Verdan Aes Sedai

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    I still love HP (I read it for the first time when I was in college, so kind of an adult at least). That said, the story has always mattered most to me, the whole critiquing writing styles is pedantic and arbitrary to me.

    That being said, I certainly separate the story from the author and don't buy new HP merch that gives her more money.
     
  9. Jocasta Braithe

    Jocasta Braithe Novice Forum Moderator Game Master

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    Eurgh. Jordan has some moments that I probably would rewrite if I was doing it now, but at least Goodkind's gender relations are horrific. No thanks.