Naked Empire (Sword of Truth Series #8)

Naked Empire (Sword of Truth Series #8)

by Terry Goodkind

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The latest Sword of Truth novel from multiply New York Times-bestselling Terry Goodkind—a new, sprawling epic adventure focusing on the central figures of Richard and Kahlan

Beginning with Wizard's First Rule and continuing with six subsequent fantasy masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled and awed millions of readers worldwide. Now Goodkind returns with a broad-canvas adventure of epic intrigue, violent conflict, and terrifying peril for the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and her husband, the heroic Richard Rahl, the Sword of Truth.

Richard Rahl has been poisoned. Saving an empire from annihilation is the price of the antidote. With the shadow of death looming near, the empire crumbling before the invading hordes, and time running out, Richard is offered not only his own life but the salvation of a people, in exchange for delivering his wife, Kahlan, into bondage to the enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765344304
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: Sword of Truth Series , #8
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 47,692
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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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"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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Naked Empire (Sword of Truth Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 359 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.
TCnative on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had invested a good amount of time in reading the "Sword of Truth" series. I found myself increasingly frustrated with the thinly veiled agenda of Terry Goodkind. I hated this book and I didn't finish the series. Just avoid this book series altogether, unless you are in the Tea-Party.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By far the worst in the series. Mostly different characters giving long, long sermons which would be bad enough but becomes unbearable since I disagree completely.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goodkind's 8th novel in his epic finds Richard and Kahlan travelling with Cara, Jennsen, and Tom to a group of "banished" people - a whole empire of the ungifted - who have fallen into the clutches of the order. The Order is using them to help breed magic out of the world, and using some of them to overtake Wizard's Keep. These people have no idea of freedom, and flee from any conflict. As a consequence they poision Richard in an effort to compel him to rid their land of the Order. Richard has other issues though - his gift is killing him and he does not know why. He teaches the Bakandar how to fight for thier right to live, to deserve vistory - as the Wizard's Eighth rule states, but will he learn his own lesson from them?
666omega666 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, while an improvement from the previous book in the series, continues to not add much to the overarching plot of the series. However, I do appreciate Goodkind using Richard and Kahlan to do little, in sharp contrast to using a new character, as in the last book.
harpua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know that some others didn't enjoy this book, but there was something about this one that kept my interest. Nowhere near my favorite up to this point, but I did like it. A formerly secluded empire suddenly is thrust back into the world after the boundry keeping them hidden away is taken down and the Imperial Order moves in. The story is really a tale of an "enlightened" people who learn to fight for their freedom in ways that go against everything they've known.This starts off a bit slow but after plugging through the first few chapters it starts to come together. Some view this novel as being preachy for Terry's political ideas, but I didn't see it that way (perhaps because I tend to agree with his philosophy). If you're looking for sword / sorcery, high fantasy, then I can see where you may have problems with this book, but if you've made it this far in the series then this fits nicely and moves the story along.
goodwaterreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More interesting than the previous tome of the series, with once again a dissertation on morality, good, evil and the justification of acting against evil. The suspense of the plot keeps you wanting to tell Richard 'no, you are wrong, what you think is false', but of course we cannot and we keep wondering whether he will die at the end or not.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The eighth volume in the Sword of Truth series, Naked Empire tells the tale of a civilization of the pristinely ungifted, a race of people banished from the New World thousands of years before and who Richard encounters as they fall prey to the schemes of the Imperial Order. Richard, Kahlan, and Cara find themselves engaged in a battle to convince these threatened people to fight for their lives, while Richard's life is also threatened by a progressive poison. The war between the New World and the Imperial Order takes some new twists and turns in this volume. A great story and a wonderful series.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 8th book in the Sword of Truth series. This by far the most political and preachy, sounding very much as if the author was talking more about conditions in 2003, rather than his own fantasy world. Not a lot happens to the main plot in this book, as Richard continues to lead people to freedom, even if they have little or nothing to do with the main problem. Don't expect any resolution in this book, its more of the same ongoing unresolved conflict. The characters are still good and you can see where he's kind of hinting at important things, but just not enough to justify the length of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third read-through. Amazing as always
Anonymous More than 1 year ago