Severed Souls (Richard and Kahlan Series #3)

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From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives...sooner rather than ...

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Overview

From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives...sooner rather than later.

"Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man’s shoulder blades. He spun back toward Richard after throwing the woman out of the opening, ready to attack. It seemed impossible, but the man looked unaffected by the blade that had impaled him through the chest.

It was then, in the weak light from the fire pit off to the side, that Richard got his first good look at the killer.

Three knives were buried up to their brass cross-guards in the man’s chest. Only the handles were showing. Richard saw, too, the broken end of a sword blade jutting out from the center of the man’s chest. The point of that same blade stuck out from the man’s back.

Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File.

He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up into his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death."

From Terry Goodkind, author of the Sword of Truth series, comes a sweeping new novel of Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell, and their world.

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Heroic Seeker Richard Rahl and his beloved Mother Confessor wife Kahlan Amnell continue their adventures in this Sword of Truth epic episode. A worthy sequel to The Third Kingdom; bound, like its predecessor, to be a bestseller.

Library Journal
03/15/2014
Fresh from The Third Kingdom, second in the "Sword of Truth" series, Seeker of Truth Richard Rahl and his wife, Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell, have more adventures. All those Legend of the Seeker fans will want.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765377296
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Series: Richard and Kahlan Series , #3
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Edition description: Limited
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Goodkind

The author of the worldwide bestsellers making up the Sword of Truth, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Omen Machine, Terry Goodkind lives in Henderson, Nevada.

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“At a dead run, breaking through into an open area of the forest with little ground cover among maple and birch trees, they abruptly ran up on a knot of half–naked people smeared with white ash, all hunched over around something on the ground.

They were Shun–tuk.

In the weak, early dawn light the Shun–tuk looked like ghosts. All had eye sockets painted with a black, greasy substance. Wide grins of teeth drawn on their faces completed the look, making them resemble skulls. Most of their heads were shaved, but some had a knot of hair remaining at the top that was tied up with strings of beads and bones to keep it standing up straight so that it resembled a fountain of hair.

Some of the men turned from their prey to look up in surprise as Richard bounded over a boulder and leaped in at them, suddenly screaming in rage, his sword held high in both fists.

In that frozen instant, Kahlan saw that the startled faces were dripping with blood.

The Shun–tuk had knives, but they remained in their sheaths.

Instead, they used only their teeth.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Someday, I hope Mr. Goodkind goes back to his roots of epic fant

    Someday, I hope Mr. Goodkind goes back to his roots of epic fantasy.  The series has gone downhill.  He has gotten wordy for the sake of being wordy, often repeating exact phrases multiple times throughout the book.    

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Trying once again to not be anonymous.

    I gave 4 of 5 stars because I loved it but would have liked a little more action and less walking and talking. That being said it was amazing and Goodkind has once again ripped out my heart and this time stomped on it also. In a good way. Even being as prepared as the author could make me without spoiling to much I still was shocked by parts and utterly devastated. Again in a good way. If you read SS, and I recommend you do, make sure you are stocked on tissues. READ IT!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Mixed Feelings

    I've been a huge fan of the sword of truth series. That being said, I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall, it was a decent book, not his best work. Don't know why but I was hoping there was a death spell cast on a certain someone. But if that were true, they wouldn't have remembered the persons name so that went out the window. Hope this isn't the last in the Richard and Khalan series.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    I love the way he continues the character development and relati

    I love the way he continues the character development and relationships. I have followed these characters for  half my life and I have never regretted it. This is an amazing continuation of their story.
    I hope there is MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore Terry Goodkind's writing, and Richard and Kahlan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Highly recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This book makes me hope amd pray that there is another. This boo

    This book makes me hope amd pray that there is another. This book has so much left hanging at the end, which is my only dissapointment in the book. It was truly heart breaking and well read as I finished it in a day and a half! :-) I  can't wait for more from Terry!¿

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Another amazing book from the brilliant mind of Terry Goodkind.

    Another amazing book from the brilliant mind of Terry Goodkind. A must read!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Clinto johnson

    Cant be the end terry stop playing with us theres to much of the story left to tell so we will wait i love these books and will reread some of them till the next comes out just say it there is more

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    An exceptional fantasy novel. Very exciting and well written.

    An exceptional fantasy novel. Very exciting and well written.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Terry has lost his edge in writing and like the rest of the late

    Terry has lost his edge in writing and like the rest of the latest story it does not come close to the
    previous series.  It seems he just killed off characters for the sake of getting people interested and no
    real purpose.  In reading the new books I have to wonder did Terry have someone else write them
    while he put his name on them.  If you love the characters and Terry's old style, don't read this book

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    What a way to bring a career to a close

    If I could get a refund I would. Rarely have i been so disappointed in anything. To me this is the worst of the Sword of Truth books. It feels more like a final draft of a retirement letter from a fed-up, burned out author than an ending to an excellent series. Never again will I pay for a book the day it comes out, if at all.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    One of the saddest and heart breaking endings ever.  Her champio

    One of the saddest and heart breaking endings ever.  Her champion has fallen indeed.   

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    If you are a die hard fan like me, please read. If not, don't w

    If you are a die hard fan like me, please read. If not, don't waste your time. The book had potential but did not live up to it. So not to give away any spoilers, those of you worried about the next book ever happening, please read The Law of Nines. At least one of Kahlan's offspring will live on. Besides, the story is not yet resolved and we know from the law of nines that Richard and Kahlan lead the world into a golden era. With what is happening at the end of this one, there is no golden era.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    My heart is shattered in pieces after reading this book.  Just w

    My heart is shattered in pieces after reading this book.  Just when you think the hero will find a way through  the despair going on goodkind throws in a agonizing twist at the end. I have been reading these books for over 14 years and I have to tell you I'm forever hooked and this book is no different . It left me on the edge of my seat, and crying in despair by the end of the book.. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Omg

    The stuff that happens in this book blew my mind.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I wanted to say

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I wanted to say this was joke and wasn't even written by Goodkind. There was absolutely zero feeling in the story, and his attempt at horror was pathetic. I am used to his previous works where he can induce tears and out-loud laughter. There were chances for some truly epic scenes, but they all were flat. Momentous things happened, but it was like no one even cared. This book left me completely empty.

    The plot is slow, the writing is wordy and dispassionate, and the story itself lacks his usual flare. I actually feel like I wasted my time reading this book, and it makes me hurt inside. I am hoping that Goodkind redeems himself in the next installment, but I wouldn't bet on it.I have never been so disappointed with a book by a favorite author. The Sword of Truth series is my all time favorite series and I am utterly ashamed that this book belongs to this series.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    About a year ago, I read "The Third Kingdom".  It was

    About a year ago, I read "The Third Kingdom".  It was the first Terry Goodkind book I had read, but it had me interested enough to start the series from the beginning.  Since them I have read every book in the series.  Some have been better than others, but by and large they were all good enjoyable reads that made me anticipate getting the next book.
     Maybe it was because I had to wait 2 months for this book to be published and I am accustomed to reading them cover to cover and picking the next one up the same day, but I was disappointed with the short span of time this book covered, the limited detail of the interaction of the characters or the almost total lack of development of seemingly important characters before they were killed off with little warning and even less explanation of their previous unknown, but intrinsically important back story. 
    While i sometimes find myself of the opinion that Terry Goodkind takes several pages to state and explore moral and ethical arguments that would be just as effective and noteworthy, if half the words were used, his overall writing style appeals. His abrupt and dismissive removal of seemingly important characters with formidable  talents that have put the hero and his entourage in disadvantageous situations (in irons in a magical dungeon)  with little effort lead me to believe that someone else has deemed that brevity is more important than the story.
    An epic story with bigger than life characters, "Severed Souls" reminds me of a Reader's Digest Condensed Book. I hope the next volume is more reminiscent of Mr. Goodkind's previous efforts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2014

    So many feels in the book.  I hope there is another. If you have

    So many feels in the book.  I hope there is another. If you have read the past books, you have no reason not to read this one. Go READ THIS! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Please continue on with the story, Terry!

    I have missed these characters! This book is very emotional and definitely worth the read, but it must go on for the sake of the world of life!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Terry Goodkind is a genius, atleast were creating a griping stor

    Terry Goodkind is a genius, atleast were creating a griping story is concerned. I absolutely will have a hard time waiting for the next book in this series! I won't spoil the story but 2 major characters die and I cried for both. How gripping the emotion are and the shock of the surprises are of Terry Goodkind quality (meaning very exceptionally good) As we have come to expect Mr Goodkind gives us the terrible prophecy that seams utterly hopeless and he makes it come to pass in a way thats totally unexpected! Lets just say that the next book can go 1 of 2 ways as far as I see it and both are really exciting although I, like everyone other fan will be hoping for the better of the 2 outcomes.  As to the critics who may need to be reminded that Terry Goodkind writes death in a more realistic fashion, just because a major character dies doesn't mean it has to be a huge dramatic end. Dead is dead as Mr Goodkind often reminds us. I'm still a huge fan and I can barely wait until I find out what happens next. Keep up the great work Mr Goodkind!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Fair to middling

    While this book was a decent read it wasn't great. The plot was thin and rather linear, meaning that there few twists. Moreover the plot was limited to only the main characters rather than to two or more that inter weave with each other. Also the dialog was often repetitve. If this is the last in the series the ending was dreadful. It will take a lot of imagination to continue into a sequeal. Goodkind has a way to go before he reaches the caliber of George R R Martin or Brandon Sanderson.

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