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.
This is the third installment of Goodkind's heroic fantasy "Sword of Truth" series. Reluctant wizard Richard Cypher and his love, the warrior Kahlan Amnell, live in a world of magical boundaries that hold back the forces of darkness. But war is coming because the barrier between the worlds has been breached, and the "Blood of the Fold," a group of fanatical zealots, is attempting to kill all people with magic. They are nothing, however, compared to the ancient, unspeakable evil about to be unleashed. There is a lot of sword and sorcery action here, and although it has a darker tone than most fantasies, there is also a strain of humor unseen in works by Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, or David Eddings. In addition, series protagonist Amnell is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting female characters in a genre where they are few and far between. Buck Schirner is an adept reader, expert at rendering this vast, glittering tapestry of a world. This superior production is an excellent choice for public libraries where multivolume fantasy series are in demand.ÄBarbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"Goodkind delivers a rousing, original, and rewarding
story."--Marion Zimmer Bradley
"A complex epic fantasy that crackles with vigor and magical derring-do."--Publishers Weekly