Questions tagged [the-sword-of-truth]

The Sword of Truth is a series of NYT best-selling epic fantasy novels written by Terry Goodkind, as well as a novella and a prequel ebook and the basis of a Sam Raimi live-action TV show, Legend of the Seeker.

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How was Princess Violet able to use Denna's Agiel, and why didn't it hurt her?

I'm reading Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. At one point Denna allows Princess Violet to use her Agiel on Richard. How is it that the princess (a) can use it (b) does not feel the pain that is ...
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What are actually Jagang's powers?

In the series "Sword Of Truth" by Terry Goodkind, we read about Jagang the emperor of the Imperial Order in book 3, "Blood Of The Fold". So far I read the books until "Naked Empire" and when I try to ...
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In The Sword of Truth how do you get Subtractive Magic?

I am reading Terry Goodkind's books to improve my English, but sometimes I miss some details. It is said that Richard is the first wizard in thousands of years to be born with both sides of the Gift, ...
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How old are Richard and Kahlan?

The protagonists of the Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind are Richard and Kahlan. How old are they throughout the course of the series, especially during the events of the first book, Wizards ...
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How can a person acquire occult powers

In The Sword Of Truth Universe, it is well described how a person can become a Wizard and thus acquire magical powers. In Wizard's First Rule, Zedd explains that a Wizard can be either born with a ...
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What happens if a Confessor tries to Confess an already Confessed person?

This is in relation to both the Sword of Truth and the Legend of the Seeker universes. I have only seen the tv-series, but I'm interested in an answer drawing from the books canon. The question is ...
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How does Richard reconcile his belief in controlling your own life with the Master Rahl devotion?

In many of the later books of The Sword of Truth, Richard makes a big deal about how an individual controls their own life. For instance, in The Naked Empire, he tells the pristinely ungifted that: ...
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Where does the Palace of the Prophets get its money?

In The Stone of Tears (Book 2 in “The Sword of Truth”) the Palace of the Prophets gives its wizards a virtually unlimited supply of gold coins and also gives it out handsomely to We also see in later ...
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Was Richard told something along the lines of loose lips in Stone of Tears?

So I just started Blood of the Fold. Richard told the cook that Kahlan is alive, then the cook was interrogated by Tobias with his lie detector sister. Wasn't Richard told in Stone of Tears ...
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How do you pronounce the name “Kahlan”?

What is the proper pronunciation of the name? I found a lot of different versions on fan forums, and also in the real world. Yes, people name their daughters after Kahlan Amnell!
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Why is the Darken Rahl immune to Kahlan's confessor powers?

Throughout the sword of truth series Kahlan's confessor powers seem to work on everyone but Richard, Darken Rahl, and Zedd. Why was Darken Rahl immune to her powers?
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Given the events of Confessor, was any of the ritual to open the boxes of Orden really necessary?

In Confessor, the final book of the "Sword of Truth" cycle, we find out that Does this mean that any of the ritual described in The Book of Counted Shadows was necessary? I can see things like a ...
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Wizard's bad habit

In the first two books, the wizards were described as truly awesome, though most of their deeds were off screen. And then, they all had a bad habit of dying stupidly by physical damage. The first ...
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Why do enemies so frequently fight a Confessor in melee?

In the Midlands, or everywhere actually, people always try to kill those magical freaks with melee combat (send quads for Kahlan, send Blood of the Fold lancers for Adie). I have a feeling that they ...
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In *Wizard's First Rule*, why can't the court artist James target Kahlan?

I was listening to the Wizard's First Rule on audiobook the other day, and it got to the part where they were dealing with Queen Milena. Zedd said (paraphrasing, referring to James, the court artist) ...
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Why did Darken Rahl put the Boxes of Orden in play before having them all?

In Wizards First Rule, Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander learns that Darken Rahl has put the Boxes of Orden into play. However, he only has two boxes and lacks the Book of Counted Shadows that is necessary to ...
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How is the Agiel made?

Is there an explanation in Sword of Truth of how Mord-Sith's Agiel is made?
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Why does Richard draw his own blood before using the Sword of Truth?

Throughout the Sword of Truth series, we see Richard Cypher/Rahl/Amnell draw his own blood from his forearm before using the Sword of Truth, typically followed by the phrase "Blade be true this day." ...
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How can Vika use an agiel?

Vika is a mord sith, that is bonded to Hannis Arc, who - to my knowledge - is NOT the gift Rahl. We all know that the agiel only works through the bond to the Lord Rahl. So how is it that Vika's works?...
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How did Nicci know Panis's tomb was melting?

As title states, Nicci arrives at The People's Palace and is greeted by Anne and Nathan (Confessor). She tells them she's there to see Panis Rahl's tomb, that she may know why it was melting. Where ...
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Where does Anne get this new journey book?

In Faith of the Fallen, Kahlan destroys Anne's journey book. In Chainfire, while talking with Richard, he mentions that this happened, and Anne(because of the plot in this book) says she accidentally ...
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Were there no gifted people other than Richard when Drefan was around?

Having been reading "Pillars of Creation", it now makes a bit more sense about Drefan. But, it got me wondering: Was there no one else that was gifted in Aydindril while Drefan was around? Wouldn't ...
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How did Darken Rahl become Richard's Father?

In Debt of Bones novella, Richard's mother is still a child when the boundaries are built. Then how did Darken Rahl become Richard's father?
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How did the spell around the Palace of the Prophets work?

So, I've been re-reading the Sword of Truth series, and I realized that this bothered me the first time I read it. The spell around the Palace is some sort of time spell. But how does it work exactly? ...
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Why mriswith stayed (mostly) in Hagen Woods?

I've just finished reading Blood of the Fold. In the end Richard and the gar army defeat the mirswith force in Aydindril. That made me wonder why until then the mriswith stayed close to the Hagen ...
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If the People's Palace and D'Hara are in new England, then where is the Imperial Order?

This is something that's confused me. In one of the books in the Sword of Truth series, I believe Faith of the Fallen, someone shows that the Imperial Order is huge in comparison to the D'Haran Empire,...
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What evidence is there that Jax Amnell is a descendent of Richard and Kahlan?

I have been reading the Sword of Truth book series for a long, long time and am actually a huge fan of the central characters. Having said that, I remember the book The Law of Nines, that Mr. Goodkind ...
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What spells/powers can a war wizard use?

I'm picking back up the Sword of Truth books and I recall that Richard Rahl as a war wizard was able to do all sorts of magic by instinct when the need arose. However, I don't recall if there was ...
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Clarification on the Ending of Soul of the Fire

I finished Soul of the Fire from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series and I have to say that I'm a little confused about the ending, specifically the whole part about Joseph Ander. What I understand ...
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What is the original publisher of Terry Goodkind's book Debt of Bones?

I would like to know the original publisher of the hardcover book Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind? I am trying to find it online and all I can find is Gallancz as a publisher.
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Subtractive Magic and the Pristinely Ungifted in the Sword of Truth

I've always been confused by the relation between the "Pristinely Ungifted" and Subtractive Magic. Because Subtractive Magic has some poorly-defined ties to death, it still affects the Pristinely ...
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Why was Kahlan the Mother Confessor?

In the Sword of Truth novel series Kahlan is introduced as the Mother Confessor. Is she the Mother Confessor because she is the last one alive? Is she the Mother Confessor because she is the most ...
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Sword of Truth: Gradual style shift?

I really enjoyed the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. One of the things that I found somewhat fascinating about it is that there seems to be a gradual shift as you read the books from a ...