Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth Series Review

Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth Series Review

Now that I am on to the 2nd book in Terry Goodkind's Sword Of Truth Series, it is hard not to be completely sucked into his world.  This was released in 1995 a mere year after the original book was released.  It has been revered as having one of the greatest heroine war scenes of it's genre. 

This book: Stone of Tears continues to follow along the journeys of Richard And Kahlan, not forgetting about Zedd and Rachel who were some of our story tellers from the first book.  We are also introduced to many other returning characters as well as a plethora of brand new characters and brand
new beliefs.  We also see things from a "Sister's perspective" We learn some new war tactics, and we travel to new places and are introduced to "The Old World."  We get to know Adie a bit more and learn to have love and compassion for a creature previously thought to be a horror.  There are so many new cultures and beliefs in this book.

My overall review of the book is that it was a great follow on to the Wizard's First Rule.  We pick right back up from where we left off.  Our main characters are understandably shaken up after the events from the first book but are positive and in good spirits at the opening of this book.  I was again sucking into Terry Goodkind's world and had a hard time leaving it.  I once again found myself on a couple of occasions speed reading to get to pique moments in the story.  I felt sorrow and happiness along with the characters who are brought back to life.  I spent a lot of time in philosophical thought of events and beliefs within this book and in real life.  My only negative thing that I can really say about the Stone of Tears in and of itself is that towards the end when the titled object comes majorly into play it felt a little rushed and quickly over after so much lead up.  I felt like perhaps it could have gone more in depth, but the story was wrapping up rather quickly.  At least Goodkind had the good sense to slow down a bit when it came time to the actual closing of this novel and the opening for the next novel.  

Richard and Kahlan must put their feelings for one another to a test that could break them forever.  Richard must learn to really be who he is and accept himself for who he must be to fulfill prophecy or else the world as they know it will come to a dark end.  Can Kahlan and Richard both grow up in ways that could tear them apart?  Can Richard save the world from the darkness of the Keeper and the underworld?  Check out the book to read and see what happens next in their journey.

In the event that you forgot the Wizard's First Rule as we enter into this book it was: "People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People's heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool"

The wizard's Second rule is introduced to us in this novel which is: The greatest harm can result from the best intentions. —Chapter 63, p. 634, U.S. hardcover edition "It sounds a paradox, but kindness and good intentions can be an insidious path to destruction. Sometimes doing what seems right is wrong, and can cause harm. The only counter to it is knowledge, wisdom, forethought, and understanding the First Rule. Even then, that is not always enough. [...] Violation can cause anything from discomfort, to disaster, to death."

Enjoy this amazing story and be on the lookout for my review on the 3rd book of the series, coming soon!

In case you missed my book review on the first book in the series, Wizard's First Rule, be sure to check out: Wizard's First Rule Review.

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