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Blood of the fold


First edition.
New York : Tor, 1996.
Physical Description:
464 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 3.
General Note:
First edition October 1996.

"A Tor book"--Title page verso.

"A Tom Doherty Associates book"--Title page.

"Tor fantasy"--Title page.

Edited by James Frenkel.

Map by Terry Goodkind.

Jacket art by Kevin Murphy.

Jacket design by Carol Russo.

Series statement from jacket.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book." -Series statement from jacket. -In a world as rich an real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World -- forces so terrible that when they last threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing of the Old world from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.
Richard comes to terms with his true identity as a War Wizard. The New World, and all the freedom of humankind, is under threat from the Imperial Order after he had brought down the barrier between the Old and New World. The Imperial Order has already sent delegations and armies into the New World. Richard's only option to stop the invasion is to claim his heritage and unite all free kingdoms and provinces under one rule and one command.


Call Number
Goodkind, T.
SCI FIC GOODKIND Sword of Truth #3
FANTASY Goodkind, T.

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In a world as rich an real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World--forces so terrible that when they last threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing of the Old world from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

War and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Ahlan can save it from an Armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.

In Blood of the Fold , Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant bestsellers Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears , has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.

Author Notes

Writer Terry Goodkind was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1949. As a child, he had trouble reading and writing because he suffered from a form of dyslexia. It wasn't until high school that a composition teacher recognized his writing talent. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a carpenter, violin-maker, hypnotherapist, wildlife artist and restorer of rare artifacts.

Goodkind's first novel, "Wizards First Rule" (1994), took a year for him to write and had a record-breaking debut. It became an international bestseller and won the praise of many writers in the fantasy genre. The sequels "Stone of Tears" (1995) and "Blood of the Fold" (1996) experienced equal success. His fourth book, "Temple of the Winds" was published in 1997. His other books include The Pillars of Creation, Naked Empire, Confessor, The Omen Machine, Severed Souls, and Shroud of Eternity.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

After unwittingly destroying the magical wards that had sealed off the Old World from the New for 3000 years, the war wizard Richard Cypher discovers that he has inadvertently created a gate through which the evil Keeper, Emperor Jagang, and his minions can enter the land. Separated from his beloved, the former Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell, who is in hiding to avoid being executed by the people she once served, Richard must now accept the power of his father, Darken Rahl, and use all of his magical abilities to defeat Jagang, to save Kahlan and to close the gate. As in the two previous novels of The Sword of Truth fantasy cycle (Stone of Tears, etc.), Goodkind builds an intricate plot teeming with violence, treachery and intrigue. Newcomers to the series may find it a challenge to get up to speed, but once they do, they‘as well as Goodkind's large, loyal readership‘will delight in a complex epic fantasy that crackles with vigor and magical derring-do. Author tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

Flood of the Bold somehow seems more appropriate; still, here's another adventure (Stone of Tears, 1995, etc.) for reluctant wizard Richard Cypher and his eponymous sword. Richard is joined by his beloved, the warrior Kahlan Amnell, and his grandfather, the wizard Zedd; once again their world is threatened by an ancient, unspeakable evil. What a surprise. Like the others, this entry is self-contained, though newcomers may find the references to previous events confusing. Anyhow, the outcome's all but indistinguishable from dozens of other bloated epics (see David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, and so on). And so on. (Author tour)

Booklist Review

The third book of Goodkind's bid to rival Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time at the fantasy saga game falls rather short of Jordan's very high standard. Yet, like the rest of The Sword of Truth, it is an eminently readable example of the multivolume fantasy subgenre. Blood aptly figures in its title, for it boasts by far the most action--for the most part well done, whether with swords or sorcery--in any of the Sword installments to date. The strain of humor that marked its predecessors gets crowded aside by the subject matter, however, and series protagonist Kahlan Amnell emerges here as one of the outstanding female principals in current fantasy. The pacing is exceedingly brisk, and Goodkind's more sustained focus on Kahlan, Richard Cypher, and the wizard Zedd increases the accessibility of his long work. Although obviously too far along in the saga to be recommended as a starting point, Blood will make those who have been following it from the beginning very happy. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.