Naked Empire (Sword of Truth Series #8)

Naked Empire (Sword of Truth Series #8)

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by Terry Goodkind, Jim Bond
     
 

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NAKED EMPIRE. It begins . . .

"You knew they were there, didn't you?" Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer.
Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence.…  See more details below

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NAKED EMPIRE. It begins . . .

"You knew they were there, didn't you?" Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer.
Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence.

"Yes," Richard said. He gestured over his shoulder without turning to look. "There are two more, back there."

Kahlan briefly scanned the dark jumble of rock, but she didn't see any others.

Lightly grasping the silver pommel with two fingers, Richard lifted his sword a few inches, checking that it was clear in its scabbard. A last fleeting glimmer of amber light played across his golden cape as he let the sword drop back, in place. In the gathering gloom of dusk, his familiar tall, powerful contour seemed as if it were no more than an apparition made of shadows.

Just then, two more of the huge birds shot by right overhead. One, wings stretched wide, let out a piercing scream as it banked into a tight gliding turn, circling, once in assessment of the five people below before stroking its powerful wings to catch its departing comrades in their swift journey west.

This night they would find ample food.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is the eighth entry in Goodkind's massive "Sword of Truth" series. While the publisher touts this as a "standalone" novel, don't believe it. New listeners will find the rapid regurgitation of back story and the slew of characters and references incomprehensible if they are not familiar with the preceding volumes. This installment begins as Richard Raul and his wife, Kahlan, journey to the land of D'Hara to continue fighting the evil Emperor Jagang, the Dream Walker. They are accompanied by their friends Jensen, Tom, and Cara and a stupid goat that receives way too much attention from the author. The group is pursued by evil birds and mysterious entities full of dire warnings; they stumble into the land of Bandakar, whose people have been banished there by an evil wizard. While the Wizard's Eight Rule is revealed, it remains untranslated, heralding another long book in our near future. Listeners will be mystified by this one. While the production is adequate, the price is high for a subpar series entry. Read by Jim Bond, this is guardedly recommended for libraries where Goodkind is popular.-Barbara Perkins, formerly with Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

“Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring.” —Kirkus on Wizard's First Rule

“Wonderful.” —Kliatt on Stone of Tears

“Each volume of the Sword of Truth...proves more difficult to review than the last. There are only so many was of heaping praise on a series that gets better and better.” —SFX on Blood of the Fold

“...outstanding work...adrenaline and characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended.” —San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds

“...thoroughly enjoyable.” —VOYA on Soul of the Fire

“Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers.” —Romantic Times on Faith of the Fallen

“Near-perfect pacing, well-realized settings, and superior descriptive narrative.” —VOYA on The Pillars of Creation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593352165
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/10/2004
Series:
Sword of Truth Series, #8
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.57(d)

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It begins...

"You knew they were there, didn't you?" Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer.

Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence.

"Yes," Richard said. He gestured over his shoulder without turning to look. "There are two more, back there." Kahlan briefly scanned the dark jumble of rock, but she didn't see any others.

Lightly grasping the silver pommel with two fingers, Richard lifted his sword a few inches, checking that it was clear in its scabbard. A last, ¦fleeting glimmer of amber light played across his golden cape as he let the sword drop back in place. In the gathering gloom of dusk, his familiar, tall, powerful contour seemed as if it were no more than an apparition made of shadows.

Just then, two more of the huge birds shot by right overhead. One, wings stretched wide, let out a piercing scream as it banked into a tight gliding turn, circling once more in assessment of the five people below before stroking its powerful wings to catch its departing comrades in their swift journey west.

This night they would find ample food.

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One of the most popular writers of fantasy today, Terry Goodkind divides his time between Maine and Nevada.

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Naked Empire (Sword of Truth Series #8) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 350 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing, 400 pages of the book are just recaps of the previous books in the series. The characters are constantly stopping the action to explain their actions based on recaps of other books in the series. Several characters seem to have no purpose other than to recap the prior books. The heavy hand of an editor who wanted to make the book stand by itself (without the reader having read the prior books in the series) is quite evident. You usually see this when a writer changes publishers. I've already purchased 'Chainfire', but haven't started it yet, but if it takes 300 to 400 pages to get the story moving this may be the end my purchasing Terry Goodkind novels.
BolivarJ More than 1 year ago
In the Eight installment of The Sword of Truth, Goodkind takes readers to the Bandakaran Empire, a place pass up through the mountains, to the East from The Pillars of Creation. Goodkind's "Naked Empire" is the follow up to " Pillars of Creation" a must read for those unanswered questions. While the previous installment dealt with those pristinely ungifted people, descendants of the house of Rahl, "Naked Empire" details the genesis of those " Banished" who were victims of fate. While not being strange to readers, the ongoing war between Emperor Jagang and Lord Rahl, has been explored from both sides. In this installment, However; the author aims at the Imperial Order's vicious ideology, the real force behind the conflict between both worlds. In "Naked Empire" Goodkind explores the world before Richard and Kahlan, and the pristinely ungifted people of Bandakar, the great attempt to alter the very nature of mankind. For beyond is evil: Those who cannot see. While Jagang has managed to capture the Wizard's Keep, and along with the Sisters of the Dark being able to construct those human weapons from the ancient war, Richard has been poisoned, meanwhile, his gift has mysteriously started to decay. "Naked Empire" is the colossal return of Goodkind to the foundations of a new kind of people, to the Pillars of Creation. Goodkind's creative writing succeeds again. Taken from the ancient book "The Pillars of Creation", and an Empire built by Kaja-Rang, a Wizard from the times of the great war. Goodkind's imagination, and spellbinding world prevails again. The story of Kahlan and Richard continues, In the eight installment, The sword of truth becomes difficult to resist. The author takes readers back to Aydindril, Home of the Confessors, and the Wizard's Keep, The people's palace,and to an unknown world known as the Bandakar Empire. In a spellbinding world surrounded by Wizards, Mord-siths, prophets, the sisters of the Dark, the ungifted descendants of the House of Rahl, Slides, and Betty the Goat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last 100 pages of this book are all that's worth reading. Goodkind bores us with too much babbling. Not much of this book contributes to moving along the general themes and goals of the series. You're okay to skip much of this book without losing vital information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some people I know shy away from reading long or wordy books. When it comes to Goodkind, they shouldn't. He is an excellent author who fills his books with courageous and intelligent characters. This book just proves my point! It is another outstanding read filled with strong and intelligent social and theological principles. His books have taught me quite a bit, and even though I am only 16, I know I have learned how to become a better person because of them. Read this Book and all of his others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
RobertJRM More than 1 year ago
Hate to put these books down even to eat or go to bed!
Librarian54 More than 1 year ago
Terry Goodkind is a master of extending the story line and still keeping it interesting. He deals with in depth issues such when is it right; or is it right, to kill another person in defense of our freedoms. The extent of segrating peoples simply because they are different. Each persons responsibility to defend their own freedoms and the equality of all people. But! He does it in such a way that it blends with the story, it becomes part of what you are reading with out jumping out at you and screaming for attention. The bravery and dedication of the main characters to the cause of freedom and the right to be what ever you choose to be is inspiring and uplifting. Goodkind also delves into the thesis of God and Satan; good and evil. I'm not even sure if he realized he was doing so at the time he was writing it, but the concept of "The Keeper" and "The Creator" are consistent throughout the series. One word of caution though; Goodkind is very graphic in his description of evil and the atrosities that evil men do. He does not hesitate to describe rape or murder in all it's gory horror. But then perhaps it must be so for the reader to fully grasp the horror of the event befalling the world at large. the Sword of Truth Series will challenge you to consider the descisions we all make in real life and all the while carrying us away to another world and time to feel the trails and triumphs of our heros and heroins as they stand in the path of evil and vigilantly guard the way against trespass.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somewhere around page 475 I started rooting for the poison. This is really sad considering how good the first book in this series was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book sets new standards for bad books. Possibly the worst book i have ever read in any genre. It starts out with 200 pages of recap from the last book. Then richard gets poisoned(!) by a group of hippies to force him to come rescue them from the evil order to get his antidote. With a couple of endless repeptitive uninspiring, and incredibly boring speaches, richard convinces these hippies to give up their 3000 year old tradition of non-violence. Then he lets his new army of hippies slaughter a group of unarmed hippies that dont want to fight before he takes on this books evil villian. All of this with his noble sidekick, a goat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first 4 books in the Sword of Truth series are great. Unfortunately the last couple books have not been very good. This is a book in which plot and character development takes a backseat to the authors political and social commentary. The first couple hundred pages are focused on describing what already happened in past books. The majority of the book is simply the same speach about personal responsibilty repeated to every new character that Richard comes into contact with. The ending of the book is one of the worst examples of deus ex machina I have ever had the misfortune of reading. It's almost as if Goodkind discovered that he couldn't think of a way to solve the problem Richard faced so he just wrote the equivelant of 'Richard wanted everything to be better, so everthing got better'.
babbalon42 More than 1 year ago
This was a very welcome read after the uphill climb through The Pillars of Creation. Back to the story of Richard and Kahlan. Classic Terry Goodkind, what we have come to expect and love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since watching the tv series and having that come to an end i decided to read the series. It was really nice to read and be able to put a face to the characters. I think the books are even better for it. I don't usually read the reviews before reading a book especially since it's in a series and i'm going to read it anyway, but for some reason i read this one and found almost all the negative reviews to once again be unneccesarily harsh. As like the others i thought the story well written and at times found myself not being able to put my nook down until some of the characters had gotten through what ever ordeal they were going through. I think this story has had more suspense than some of the others. I can't wait to get started on the next. I give it 5 stars.
KimbaV More than 1 year ago
It is different from his other books, but it is still good as it shows a whole new civilization that we don't know about in his world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although different from most of the sword of Truth series, The Naked Empire is no less of a masterpiece. Unlike the other reviews, I believe that this is an interesting take to show a different side of Richard. I believe this shows that Richard's power is not only in the Sword and magic, but in his personality and force of will. I thought Goodkind also had an interesting plot to make such a powerful man as Richard to fall down. (Although foreseen that they would use his weakness Kahlan, I still thought that how he did it was creative). Although, I must say, perhaps not his best book, still a wonderful addition to the the Sword of Truth series none-the-less. Great Job Goodkind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sword Of Truth novels are by far the absolute best series I've ever read. Each and every book captivated me and I litterally couldn't put any of them down. The realism of the conflicts and characters emotions are portrayed in a way that you can really get inside the book and it's like you're in their world. It's just amazing.
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|BACKUP SAFEHOUSE|.This backup safehouse is the property of the Empire.To all members of the Empire:If we need a safe place to go,and the safehouse has fallen;this is our sanctuary.This backup safehouse is safe from our enemies and is the place to regroup and prepare to strike back against our enemies.Long live the Empire!To everyone who is not a member of the Empire:Stay out;This is property of the Empire. |BACKUP SAFEHOUSE|
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know you are reading this. Do not deny it. And yes. I am talking to YOU. Not the other guys that are reading this. You.
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Just finished it snd i Loved it!
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This is by far the best book in the series.
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