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Publisher's Summary

Terry Goodkind, author of the enormously popular Sword of Truth novels, has forged perhaps his best yet, pitting Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell against threats to the freedom of the world. They both must struggle at opposite ends of the earth against the relentless, monolithic forces of the Imperial Order.

A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard, and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order. Separated and fighting for their lives, Richard and Kahlan will be pushed to the limits of their endurance and tested in their love for one another.

Once again, the master storyteller weaves a riveting spell that will captivate even more fans for this incredible series.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
©2000 Terry Goodkind (P)2000 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Notable for its engaging secondary characters, the novel also evinces flashes of sly wit....Goodkind's ingenious world-building will keep readers captivated." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Kenneth's narration follows the intensity of the plot through battles and hardship, as well as dreams of love and caring human relationships. With Kenneth as guide, this book never lags." ( AudioFile)

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  • Sarah
  • Elmira, NY, United States
  • 08-10-10

One of the most inspiring books ever written

By the time I reached this book in Goodkind's series, my interest in the Sword of Truth was waning. I love the characters of Richard and Kahlan, but after hearing about how there never was a moment's peace and one thing after another going wrong, I was getting fed up. Temple of the Winds nearly killed me, but I saw everything getting better during Soul of Fire, only to have it end horrifically. Terry, give us a break! I want to see my heros happy for more than five minutes.

However, during the first pages of Faith of the Fallen, my faith in these books was renewed. Faith of the Fallen has become one of my favorite books of all time. The story of hope and perseverance is truly touching, showing readers that in the darkest of times, hope will always shine through. Richard's strength and Kahlan's courage prove that these two characters are the best the literary world has. Goodkind captures the essence of the human spirit and the woes we deal with in our world today. He sums it up perfectly stating, "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it." Never have there been better words to live by.

Technically, this book is fast paced and filled with action, although it is more hopeful than depressing. The plot is direct and the characters are engaging. Goodkind's writing is masterful.

Faith of the Fallen is the beacon of this series and urges the reader to continue on. You won't be disappointed to see Richard and Kahlan to the end.

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Get Sam T.

Audible needs to get Sam T. to narrate all of the sword of truth books.

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  • Alain
  • maplewood, NJ, USA
  • 12-04-08

Probably the Best of the Bunch

This might be the best of Goodkind's books certainly as good if not better than the 1st one. The writing has improved since book 4 AND the reader fits the writing perfectly. It starts out slower and takes a while to develop but the 4th section (or mp3) that makes up the entire book is finishing with a bang.

I haven't even finished the book and I felt the need to write this review. Nice job Goodkind

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Hunter
  • Huntsville, AL, United States
  • 05-15-12

The best sword of truth book so far!! Damn good!!!

If you could sum up Faith of the Fallen in three words, what would they be?

Never give up!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Richard,he always does the right thing.and then he will cut your hart out!!!! That BOY is BAD!!

Which character – as performed by John Kenneth – was your favorite?

Victor the blacksmith, his voice is the way I would have imagined him and it made the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end when Richard and Kahlan meet after a year,that is what keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Any additional comments?

I think this was the worst voice for Zed so far,Zed should always sound the same.not goofy!! But all in all this was a great book and it makes me want to finish the rest of the series. And I will,6 down a couple more to go!!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Zac
  • Crystal, MN, United States
  • 02-28-11

Zedd is a vibrant Wizard!!!

My only complaint about this particular book is the horrendous, and I mean HORRENDOUS portrayal of Zedd. I have listened to all the books in this series (and have read them also), this guy makes the robot who read stone of tears sound like morgan freeman. Seriously, the constantly changing narrators is quite annoying. (I have wanted to say that since I started listening to the books.)

The story definitely reignites your passion back into the series and while the long winded diatribes are sometimes annoying the story is solid and brings you back to focus on the goals and ambitions of what Richard and Kahlan are trying to accomplish.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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the Imperial Order....

if we don't see parallels in this Country to the story in this volume. we are blind. I'm sad that you have to go six volumes deep to hear the truth about Progressivism..... Socialism.... Communism.... to have it laid out plainly in a form that is interesting and keeps your attention. as our Country sinks in to Progressive Marxism I hope we understand the message in Faith of the Fallen. that Freedom , Liberty or Slavery are choices we each make in how we live our lives.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • BBQ McQ
  • Oak Creek, WI United States
  • 01-01-09

Not for communists

This is one of the better books of the series. The pace is typical of Goodkind, meaning it can run a little slow at times, but overall good. The narrator does a good job giving life to the characters, although someone with such a deep voice reading for female characters is a bit distracting at times when he raises up an octave.

The second half focuses on the order and a thinly veiled attack on communism. I still enjoyed it quite a bit and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the sword of truth series.

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  • Michael
  • Hudsonville, Michigan
  • 06-12-08

Back on track

After the last book, I was concerned that the series was going downhill. I'm pleasantly surprised that Goodkind is back on track.

As an adult fantasy reader, this book is especially interesting. It is rather slow as fantasy goes. Nevertheless, Goodkind does a great job showing how tyranny gives evil a good name by convincing people that giving up their individuality and rights is the right thing to do. Stalin felt as much.

Goodkind's Imperial Order is a utilitarian/communist entity. For a fantasy book, the depth Goodkind gives to his characters and his analysis is surprising - not to mention the accurate picture he portrays of those who disdain individual success.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Good Story, Ok reader

This is one of the best books in this awesome series. However, this reader made me roll my eyes several times...

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  • Maria
  • BATON ROUGE, LA, United States
  • 03-02-16

Who is John Galt?

I enjoyed this story, as I've enjoyed all in this series- very grateful that we've finally settled on how to pronounce the names of the characters.

I was a little shocked to find I was actually re-reading Atlas Shrugged. I loved that book too, but it seemed slightly out of place.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dazmo103
  • 02-26-18

Excellent and enthralled

One of the best books of the series. Terry Goodkind at his best. Twist and turns all the way through it. Heart ache at points with warmth covering its sole where needed.

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  • Rachel
  • 01-31-09

a while to get started

I do love this series, but this is not one of the best. I thought it really took a while to get started. The blurb basically told me what was going to happen for the first part. I still really enjoyed it though, lots of fighting with the army, a bit like book 2.

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  • MissyGful
  • 07-05-18

Best one yet.

Loved it. Most captivating of the series so far. A whole new respect for the characters endearing them even more to the heart. I love kick ass Khalen and I am absolutely giddy when Khalen and Cara team up.
I always get mildly annoyed when Richard and Khalen are separated as they are the heart of the story and you want them to be together albeit on some adventure. However I think the author hit his stride, didn't over explain previous plot points and actually created two divergent storylines that were as compelling as each other.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-18

By far best book of the entire series

Loved the book. Great view of the tyrannical society and its struggles on life. Outstanding performance of the narrator too.

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  • Antstar
  • 02-16-18

Best of the series so far.

Most interesting and action packed book so far in the series. Although, like most reviews the frustration of different narrators every book is annoying John Kenneth is superb.

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  • debs
  • 12-16-17

Good if you like the series.

Reading was a bit wooden and story a bit preachy. Still enjoying the series though.

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  • Rob
  • 10-12-17

Amazing!

The best book of the series so far. It has everything you could want in a book!

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  • Kenneth
  • 02-08-17

Very good

So far I believe this to be the best book in the series plot wize. The way the author made everything come together is in my opinion unchallenged by previous books, as well as it striking some long missed hope for the future of our beloved heroes.

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  • john
  • 12-07-16

terrible in every way, awful narrator

just atrocious writing coupled with a dreary narration make this one of the very worst books I've listened to, well the few hours I suffered through anyway.

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  • Jay
  • 09-22-16

not bad but ..

book was fine got very boring in places but all things you kind of need to know so the story flows better but was quite hard in places to get through. but it hasn't put me off the sword of truth books and u shall be doing the next one soon.

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  • Julian
  • 08-05-17

Another great chapter of the story

Not too much to think about... Just read/listen to the whole thing. These books are awesome!

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  • Matthew
  • 10-12-16

The Best Story of the Series

This episode of the Sword of Truth series had me listening intently to each chapter keen to find out what would happen next. It was thoroughly entertaining yet still had me wondering how things would turn out for Richard and Kahlan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-18

What is the feeling of being alive

profound and inspiring thoughts about life and death; about the differences between being alive and being a slave.

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  • Kenneth DN Parker
  • 04-03-18

Uneasy feeling of political manipulation.

In passages of this series you will come across inexplicablely inserted truisms of neoliberalism. You might wonder why the author had done such a clunky disservice to his own fantasy novel by attempting to sway his audience's political leanings is such an obvious way.
Ayn Rand (Objectivism) seems to be his inspiration and Jordan Peterson (self-absorption) his intellectual ally.
If either of these writters appeal so to might this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-18

Who Needs Game of Thrones

I have always loved TG. The only bone to pick I have; Starting around book three, the text Terry writes becomes very repetitive in terms of dialogue

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  • Robert
  • 02-15-18

great story bad acting

Terry Goodkind is one of the greatest writers of all time. "Faith of the Fallen" is no exception. That said, the narrator, while a great story teller, only provides the an adequate ability for the characters in the book. Nothing anybody says comes across as conversational. Basically, I recommend this solely o the merit of the Author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-17

Love them all

Sword of Truth is my fave series and Faith of the Fallen really hooked me with each character's storyline. Performance by John Kenneth was fantastic.