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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.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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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

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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!!!

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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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  • 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.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Annie
  • springfield, MO, United States
  • 04-12-12

This is the one when he goes Ayn rand on you

I like the series because it is fantasy this is pushing on a political fantisy
Over all I liked it but I thought I should warn you
If u like it and it makes u think about how the people in "the old world" act reminds u of a social program near you. you deffently want to read atlas shrug

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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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  • Rob
  • 10-12-17


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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  • T
  • 06-17-15

Great story and narration!

This story is just as good as the rest of the books, I guess it could have done with a bit more magic!

The narrator had much more character & feeling than previous even if he is American.

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  • Aimee
  • 09-07-14

The suspense is captivating

Would you consider the audio edition of Faith of the Fallen to be better than the print version?

Both are equally as good, the narrator really catches the essence of the characters

What other book might you compare Faith of the Fallen to, and why?

Tolkein, the magic, suspense and mystery is worth the wait,

What about John Kenneth’s performance did you like?

Around every corner there was another possibilty and character involve, his narrative made the characters come alive

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  • Johanna
  • 12-15-11

A story of freedom and its costs...

This book eases you into the story gently. The first chapter or so describes the characters happiness more than anything else. And after all they have been through it was so very enjoyable to hear that they were just happy for once.
However, as we can expect with these books the happiness is taken away from them in a very cruel manner and Richard is taken into the lair of the enemy, where he discovers the true meaning of freedom.

Full of philosophical ideas, joy, pain and torture, this book gripped me more than the others. I cried with release at some points and feared for Richard's life at others. John Kenneth does a brilliant job pulling you into the story and making you feel like you are walking beside the characters. Wouldn't have wanted to miss this for the world.

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  • Linda
  • 05-20-11

sword of truth

i have read all 11 of the sword of truth books and i thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them . the best read of all time. the narrators were excellent in their telling of the stories. the author, Terry Goodkind kept the suspense up throughout the entire series . i can recommend all of the series , but essential to start from the beginning in order to familiarise all the essential characters. i award these books 5 stars

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful