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On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will uOn the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil itself would finally possess her, body and soul.If she is to survive in a murky world of deception and betrayal, where life is not only cheap but fleeting, Kahlan must find out why she is such a central figure in the war-torn world swirling around her. What she uncovers are secrets darker than she could ever have imagined....

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Number of Pages : 587 Pages
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Phantom Reviews

  • Icarus
    2018-12-19 18:43

    Goodkind imitates one of his characters, Jagang the Just, as he tortures this story and rapes his plot to the point where he stretches this one hundred page novella into a 673 page brick.Almost nothing happens in this book. Mostly the characters talk. And talk. And talk. They tell each other things they've already told other characters. We've all heard of "Show, don't tell." Someone needs to tell Goodkind to "Tell, don't show." I don't need all this plot recounting. I don't need the same conversation to take place between different sets of characters in each book. At one point, they spend, no exaggeration, 133 pages on one single conversation! Seriously! Go count! 133 pages on just how evil the Commun--er, the libera--I mean, the Empire is.I'm not the first to point out that every single novel in this series centers on Richard struggling to avoid losing his freedom and Kahlan struggling to avoid being sexually assaulted. In this novel, where Kahlan is invisible to most people, she is sexually assaulted or threatened by virtually every man who sees her! And the thirty pages of buildup to Jagang almost raping her should be wonderful reading to all the social misfits reading this series who can't get a woman into bed with them willingly. As usual with Goodkind, his lovingly detailed portrayal of the depravity of his villain is so over-the-top as to be comical--when I'm not wondering why Goodkind loves to focus on rape so much.As for the quality of the writing itself, the most annoying thing here is Goodkind's use of anachronisms. The characters use a great deal of twentieth century slang that pops me out of Goodkind's world every time. This reads like a draft at times, not like polished copy.The first chapter does a fairly good job of setting up suspense. The last one does a good job of setting up the next novel as the culmination of all this mess. In between, Goodkind could use a good editor, to cut out his anachronisms, shorten the interminable conversations, and slash out all the frustrated teenager wet dream fodder. Then he'd have a pretty tight novella.

  • Keith
    2018-12-16 02:05

    I'm still committed to finishing the series, but this is beginning to get tedious. Undoubtedly Goodkind gets paid by the word, because he keeps repeating things. He repeats things over and over. Granted, in a series this long, one needs to repeat things that the reader may have forgotten. But one does not need to keep repeating things that were just repeated 30 pages ago in the same book.You have no idea how annoying it can be to read something where the author keeps repeating things over and over unless you have actually read something where the author keeps repeating the same things over and over. I wish I could find some example online of this sort of writing technique—one where things get repeated, with tiny variations, over and over—but alas, it seems to be unique to books that are five times longer than they need to be because the author's overinflated ego and low opinion of his readers makes it appear necessary to continually repeat virtually the same text, over and over.I have this sneaking suspicion that I've already read 90% of the last book, without ever having laid eyes on it. And yet, I'm going to read it anyway, but not before the library gets a copy. [EDIT: OK, so I had to buy it, but at least it was from the cut-out bin, which was hardly a surprise.]

  • Michael Hannon
    2018-12-09 02:42

    Richard is the smartest man in the world, do what he says.The End.

  • Manda
    2018-11-26 01:51

    My SummaryRichard: "After much brooding, I now know exactly what we all must do. I have put all the pieces of the puzzle together and seene the picture that the puzzle was of. you see, it was like a puzzle, where each idea or occurance or other piece of information is one piece, and they all have to be fitted together to see what the picture is. I have played with all these piece of data in my head and conglomerated them into a larger, overall concept with has lead me to know exactly what course my action now must take to accomplish my overall goals of not dying, not allowing my freiend to die, defeating comunisum, saving magic, saving magical creatures, and not allowing the universe to be distroyed. I know what i must do."Woman in tight leather outfit: "Oh tell us what we must do, Master"Buxum Lass with soul of iron: "You are so wise and smart and not dumb. I wish you were mine, but i know you love the phantom woman, not me. do tell us, richard. what must we do?"Richard: "there is no time for talk. follow me arround for about a hundred pages, while i take care of tangentally realted matters and get attacked by random enimes. maybe later i will speak at length on my relevations. but i will only tell you long after the reader has figured it out for herself"

  • Bob Milne
    2018-12-09 01:55

    What is there left to say about Terry Goodkind and The Sword of Truth saga that hasn't been said before? At times, he has been nothing less than brilliant. Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears are classics of epic fantasy. They were fresh, they were original, and they were challenging. The 'Seeker of Truth' . . . the 'Mother Confessor . . . the 'Mord-Sith' . . . daring, creative, fascinating concepts, with believable characters behind them. The philosophical moralizing was heavy-handed at times, yes, but still a welcome change from the typically 'spiritual' distinction between good and evil.After that, the series began slipping downhill. Goodkind admitted that he was more interested in exploring his philosophies than in following the plotting of an epic fantasy - and boy did it show. Action gave way to talk, and talk gave way to . . . well, more talk. What was once original became boringly repetitive.Ironically, it was a book that hardly featured Richard or Kahlan at all that recaptured my interest. Pillars of Creation was not what I expected after 6 volumes, and I couldn't have been more pleased. There was still more talk than action, but Lauren breathed new life into a stale series. Too bad Naked Empire couldn't sustain it.That brings us to Chainfire. I generally loathe it when characters are stripped of their powers/identities, just to create tension and restart a sagging plot. It rarely works for me, and this was no different. Richard and Kahlan are great people, but it's hard to get excited when there's no seeking of truth and no explosive confessions. Not only that, but the plot felt . . . recycled. After all, we'd already dealt with the Boxes of Orden in the first 2 books of the series.The only reason I picked up Phantom is because I'm curious to see how Goodkind plans to wrap everything up in this, the 2nd volume of the 'final' trilogy. Things don't start out well. Over 200 pages of talking, of saying the same thing over and over again, of bashing us upside the head with the obvious. I was about ready to give up when, suddenly, we rediscover the lost art of the plot.Not to spoil anything for those who haven't read it, but there are some really interesting developments in this book. After building up the armies of the Order to the point where they truly are unstoppable, Goodkind deftly sidesteps the issue of confronting them with Richard's shocking advice to the D'Haran troops - and it absolutely works for the reader. We get a confrontation between Jagang and the Sisters of the Dark that beautifully resolves so many nagging questions, and sets the stage for a new conflict. Richard learns a lot more about himself and his role in the grand scheme of things, and all the myriad plot pieces finally begin coming together.The ending is a shocker, and something I never expected to see. For the first time in a long time I am looking forward to the next book of the series. If Goodkind delivers on even half of what he seems to be promising, it will be well worth the wait.

  • Gabriel C.
    2018-11-18 23:54

    I have truly run out of things to say, just like Terry Goodkind. I guess I could point out how nice it was to read Judith Jarvis Thomson in counterpoint between Chainfire and this one. Over the course of the series (9/11?) Richard has become what the reasonable reader hates in Jagang; his thin gruel of "life is the highest value" has been being used for the last few books to justify the wanton slaughter of civilians, who are guilty by association. This incredibly naive understanding of what morality is and how it works stands in stark juxtaposition to Thomson's careful analyses of some of the very issues that Richard seems to have no problem cutting through with his idiot's sword. Goodkind has made up his mind what the right morality is, but he's a lot less careful than Thomson, who actually asks people and revises her ideas when it turns out they lack universality.I guess, for that matter, The Book Thief deals with these themes too, with the cruelty of empire, with the injustice of death in war, with a bland dichotomy between good and evil. I will be so glad when these books end. These books and their relationship to me remind me of Denna's Agiel, of the collar of the sisters of the light, both on Richard and on Nathan, of Jagang's control of the dreams of the gifted, of Nicci's maternity spell, of Ulicia's captivity of Kahlan, of Richard's newfound captivity as a ballplayer, of all these things. But like Richard, like Kahlan, I plan for a day when Goodkind will lie decimated before me, when his monomaniacal vision for what is right will be cast down and ground to dust, when I will discard my shackles and walk free again (at least until it's time to start wading through Robert Jordan.I think that Goodkind only really understands three or four modes of interaction. There is the language of physical control, which he has stripped down to two or three particulars, mostly related to sexual violence, and repeated like a drumbeat, like a tribal tattoo, like a dry heave. There is the language of monogamous pair-bonding, which he fundamentally misunderstands in a totally reasonable way. This is woven of strands of sparkling spun saccharine, bloodguilty in their mawkishness, cured in the rotting sewage that accrues to the control of female sexuality via demands for purity, There is the language of an uncompromising objectivist philosophy, almost explicitly anti-theistic in bent, expressed as pablum to slack-jawed yokels to inspire them to throw down their chains and often enough, act against their best interests. There is finally, puzzlingly, the language of mathematics. Goodkind clearly knows a probability theorist, because every technical discussion of magic is accompanied by what reads to me as laughably, painfully misused word salad from that field. It seems evident that he both cares deeply about these passages and spends a lot of time trying to get them right, which makes his failure that much starker and more embarrassing. I suppose I'm not intended to read these. You'd have to be a masochist or unstable or extremely stubborn or (most likely) wildly vapid to make it this far into the series, and most people with the chops to understand the math aren't wildly vapid.Well, back to moral philosophy for three books. I wonder how long I can stretch them before turning to the last local maximum in terms of Goodkind book length, presumably, hopefully, of my life.

  • Anya
    2018-12-09 01:45

    If I had to base this review upon the first 200 pages, I would have given only one star, if any at all. If you haven't read any of the previous 9 books (and let's face it, who on earth would read only the 10th book in a series of 11 books?!) than the first 200 pages of "Phantom" are an excellent way to get up to speed on all the important events that occurred in books 1 - 9.If you have read all of the other books (like any logical thinking reader would do) than you will certainly share my opinion on the first third of "Phantom". It's boring. Maybe not the yawn-I-can't-keep-my-eyes-open kind of boring (after all, it is still Goodkind who spins the story and somehow manages to keep it just interesting enough) but it certainly is a very tedious bit.I understand that because so much happened in the past books, Goodkind felt the need to recapitulate all important events just to make the reader really comprehend the philosophy of the Sword of the Truth series. But did he have to do it through talking? All the characters seem to do in the first part of the book is talk. They talk and talk and talk and talk and... You get the point. Just endless monologues and talking and discussing and some more talking. Like I said: a very tedious bit.But once you get through those first 200 or so pages, you can sit back and enjoy the kind of tale only Goodkind can create. All of the characters are somehow thrown right into their worst nightmare. Rachel ends up in the claws of the queen who loves a good beheading (or torture, which ever one suits her most), Zedd has to deal with Richard's disappearance, there's a new witch in town (beware, Shota!), Kahlan ends up with Jagang and something happens to Richard's abilities. How very frighting, yet exciting!The last parts of the book are the reason for this 4 star review. Goodkind is the only author so far who, with his stories, manages to creep me out, makes me want to put the book aside (because whatever I'm reading is too gruesome or horrifying to read about) but at the same time compels me to read on. I literally feel the disgust swirling in my stomach when I get to the icky parts. It's frighting, yet exciting! It's one of the main reasons why I like his work so much and why I recommend the Sword of Truth Series to anyone and everyone.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2018-11-20 21:06

    I think this is the worst book in the series, and until The Pillars of Creation, I was rating these books at least four stars. I actually used to love this series. I'd give the first one, Wizard's First Rule five stars. No, not because it's an undying classic, or I don't see flaws, but it was a terrific read I just sprinted through madly turning pages--I didn't feel its hefty length. I liked the characters, in some cases loved them, and was fascinated by Goodkind's world and themes. That liking started dropping off after the seventh book for me (some point to the fifth as the book where it jumped the shark) but I didn't find these tedious until the book just before this one starts the "Chainfire Trilogy" that ends the "Sword of Truth" series. (Well, actually the Pillars of Creation before that dragged too.) The next and concluding book after this, Confessor doesn't quite redeem the series for me, but I'd still point to Phantom as the low point.Why? Because as pointed out in review after review, NOTHING HAPPENS. Oh, there be word after word on the page, there's lots of people talking things to death. But advancement of plot? Character development? What is this you say? And like others, here is where I really, really got tired of the zillionth time Kahlan has to ward off rape. If you skipped to the last book, I don't think you'd miss anything.

  • Betty
    2018-12-03 20:45

    When I first started this series, I loved it. I eagerly devoured book after book. Bit... of all the books so far, this one has been by far the most frustrating and nearly ruined my enjoyment of the series. The first half of the book seems to drag on without reason. The first ten chapters are mostly spent discussing a spell. This ends up having some meaning later, but it takes so long to get to the point it feels like drudgery getting to it. The characters chatter on and on about it, which wouldn't be so bad if it was interesting chatter about how magic worked. Instead it's mostly them debating and conjecturing. And because the elements of magic they are talking about are vaguely described you feel like you're listening to a debate about a topic you know hardly anything about, not to mention what you can understand is mostly things the reader should already know. They repeat things from previous a lot, and not in a gentle reminder sort of way. Then there is an attack and maybe one chapter about Khalan. That's the first ten chapters to get through.After that it's another ten chapters of a character describing what it was like to live through an invasion by the Imperial Order, and the characters discussing that. By now we have read so much about the brutality of the Order there isn't anything new to tell us, and yet the author hammers it into our heads even further. We know they are murdering, pillaging, raping zealots. Why do we need to spend so much time on this? The author insists through the characters that this is something Richard absolutely MUST BE TOLD or he won't understand what he needs to do. After finishing the book I cannot recall why he needed to know any of it, since it was all things he already knew. (Side note: After finishing the entire series, I still cannot tell you why this section was needed. It could have been removed entirely, IMO) He lived in the Old World under the rule of the Order for what, a year? It's just such a waste of the reader's time it's infuriating.The first 20 chapters could have been chopped in half, if not a quarter. It felt like the author was just trying to fill space. Very frustrating.The characters will often go off on long monologues in which you feel like you're not listening to that character anymore, but the author on a soap box. Their views and way of speaking melt into one way of describing the evil of the Order, the importance of life, bla bla bla. Yes, we get it, Communism is evil evil evil. Let's move on. The dialogue will often go on tangents and the characters go on and on in circles about things. Sometimes I just wanted to strangle them and tell them to get to the point.By the time the book finally does pick up and start going somewhere you're halfway through it.Now we find out previous conflicts that were thought to be resolved are back, adding to the already overwhelming odds the characters face. Some of the plots are brought back in almost the exact fashion. I won't give an specifics, but it starts to feel like the author is running out of conflicts and starts recycling them.It also starts to becoming maddening how coincidental everything involving Richard is. Everything ties back to him. Everything is on his shoulders. He can do almost anything. I know heroes are supposed to be extraordinary, but this just gets kinda silly. He's superhuman at this point. Why not just make him a God and get it over with.If I have to hear about Nicci's eyes and hair one more time I will scream. And Kahlan's "intelligent green eyes". Every young female main character is painful beautiful, except for Verna who is just "handsome" to show how she lost so much of her youth searching for Richard outside the magic of the People's Palace. On the plus side, Kahlan shines more in this book. The author always seems to write her as a stronger character when she isn't with Richard. When they are together she becomes fragile and docile. I much prefer the way he writes her when she is forced to fend for herself.We also get a lot of development of Nicci, but I didn't find it particularly exciting. She mostly prattles on about how Richard showed her the value of life and fawns over him.I will also have to agree with others reviewers who have said that the author seems to dwell a lot on the rape and abuse of women to represent how evil the Order is. Although he does spend some time on their inhumanity by killing and torturing, and likes to go into detail about their appearance and general lack of hygiene, a vast amount of it goes towards the rape of women. Every single time the author is describing a scene involving the brutality of the Order there is rape. The men of the Order seem to do little more than kill, avoid bathing, and rape women. He seems to love describing how the men pass women around, own them, and use rape of wives as a means of mental torture for the captive men. It's so overwhelmingly described you start to feel numb to it. Creepy. Even Kahlan is not safe from the threat of sexual assault at every turn, although thankfully she is spared in the long run. Once the story gets going it is tolerable. I am starting to feel like I am just pushing through it because I want to know what happens. I only hope the next book rekindles some of the enjoyment I found earlier in the series.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-15 19:50

    What an ending! On the outside, once I got to that last page, I found myself nodding, silently congratulating Goodkind for a spectacular finish. But on the inside, I was shrieking at Nicci, "What did you just do?!"To say that the ending on this book made up for the bulk of the story is an understatement. Of course I was disappointed to see that no forward progress had been made from Chainfire, and that Kahlan was still lost to Richard (and everyone else). And I was more than a little uncomfortable by the gap that Nicci was filling in everyone but Richard's perceptions. It saddened me to see Zedd and Cara turning to Nicci the way they had turned to Kahlan in the past. But beyond that, once I got to the end of this book, I couldn't for the life of me remember how it started. I had to flip back to Chapter 1 to remind myself what was going on at that time. It all came back to me, of course, but I was unnerved to realize that the stories in Chainfire and this one merged together in my mind to become all but indistinguishable.There were some good moments here, to be sure. Richard's tenacity, Nicci, Zedd and Cara's unwavering devotion, and Jagang's twisted morals were the strongest components. It was refreshing to see Freidrich and Tom again, though briefly, and to be reunited with Chase and Rachel. But Six and Violet were almost too terrible to stomach (though I do admit I smiled when Six showed her true colors).This has been a long (and sometimes tedious) ten book journey. I am looking forward to Book 11, just to get some closure and answers to questions (which better freaking happen, man!) As much as I want things to go back to "normal" for Richard and Kahlan, I'm sure it can't happen, so I'm eager to see how Goodkind pulls it all together for these characters who have captivated me for so long.

  • Julie
    2018-12-15 03:08

    I'm in it to finish it...not much of another reason beyond that. My god, I hate Kahlan and her perfection. It's over the top and yet still Goodkind tries to sell it over and over again in every single book. I was finally happy to see Richard get the fact his love life is not as valuable as mankind, in fact to me it's pointless in comparison. I was sad to see it took so much for him to realize it, the Richard that was sold to me in previous books wouldn't have thrown such a pity party for himself. I love Nicci, I'm not thrilled with her whole, "the world doesn't mean anything without Richard" extreme thinking but I do love how much she has grown. I wish and hope (with no chance of it happening)that at the end of the series it is Nicci who gets to kill Jagang. She experienced so much worse at Jagang's hands compared to Kahlan - I mean who wouldn't chose sleeping on the floor by his bed over getting raped repeatedly by him and his soldiers. Alas, I know Goodkind can't ruing Kahlan for Richard so even though he tries to sell she is suffering like no one else has ever suffered, and yes she is suffering, it pales in comparison to what other innocents experience at his hands. On to the final book. Thank god.

  • Amber
    2018-12-17 20:51

    Terry Goodkind is a superb author, and in my opinion, his "Sword of Truth" series is the best I have ever read. So good, in fact, that I have read the entire series three times in a row, back to back, non-stop. This series is *not* for children. The series covers many aspects of the dark side of humanity, in great detail, as the heroes try to overcome the evils in the world. Goodkind is not afraid to show his readers just what evil *really* is, that is, most often, people who perform acts of evil feel justified in their minds as to why they are doing so, if for illogical reasons, and will that those that oppose them are the evil ones. Goodkind shows his readers that the only way to overcome evil in ourselves and in the world is through use of Reason. The series is *not* light reading, but if one is not afraid to confront the reality of evil (even within ourselves), and how to really defeat evil, the one will find this series extremely rewarding.

  • Robyn
    2018-11-29 18:48

    While this suffers a bit from "middle in a trilogy" syndrome, where you're starting in the middle of something, and know that you won't get a full resolution at the end, it does stay interesting, and the story moves forward at a better rate than in previous books. As a long time reader of the series (and not always a fan, necessarily) I enjoyed the references to characters which had been left by the wayside long ago, who I thought were forgotten. But this book doesn't rely merely on nostalgia, it introduces some new characters, and fits them into the changing paradigms that pop up as everyone interacts. This book isn't all great though, It's longer than it needs to be, and while I appreciate the call backs to older characters and locations, it sometimes felt like the author was really bending the story to get these older things to fit. Some of it works, some of it doesn't, but in all, it was a really good installment in the series.

  • Leana
    2018-12-11 18:59

    As an overall rating for this series I only give it 2 stars. I got tired of Terry Goodkind's attempts at shoving his philosophy down the readers throats. It wasn't that I agreed or disagreed with his point of view. It was more so that he completely underestimated his audience. If so much time wasn't spent on repeating morals and the authors view of philosophy, then the books would be probably half the size. Now, as far as the actual story, I enjoyed it. I actually liked this book particularly. It was suspensful and I couldn't finish it fast enough. The end of the series though was a big disapointment. I was not happy about the ending. It gave a man too much power that shouldn't have been possible. I don't want to give the ending away though for anyone who is still interested in reading it.

  • Jeffrey
    2018-12-11 00:02

    Moving rapidly towards the conclusion of the series (one more book, I think). This installment is not fantastic, but it isn’t horrible, either. It focuses on Richard getting his head out of the sand and refocusing his efforts towards the final battle. Then, of course, he gets screwed and the end of the book is reminiscent of the Gladiator movie.

  • John
    2018-12-03 22:07

    Ahhh....the finally! Can't wait to find out what happens...AGAIN! lol My re-read is coming to an end, then onto the new stories!

  • Ashton
    2018-11-24 02:00

    I don't think that I've ever read a book where the author intentionally tried to use the title of his book throughout the text. The first time it was kind-of natural and makes you grin a little that he managed to do so. After the fifth or sixth time it became aggravating and annoying to see him trying so hard. As usual, there were still a few small grammar mistakes such as thrown for throne in the book which is also aggravating. I found that Goodkind was more anti-religion in this book than he had been in any of the others, not that he's been favorable in the past. I continue to be irritated by him just throwing his view out there so clearly in a fiction novel. If I wanted to read intentional allegory and commentary on social events, I would do so but I don't enjoy it in my fiction.The story itself was like most of the other book's story lines. There's a desperate struggle for Richard and Kahlan to be together but everything is conspiring against them with incredible odds of it ever happening. There are a few interesting things in this book about how spells work and such but for the most part it seems to only be more of the same struggles that the rest of the series has presented. There are better fantasy series out that with more varied plots and more realistic writing. I'm not expecting complete realism on everything but seriously, for once just let things not work out the way everyone expects. Otherwise the reader is left feeling cheated when things are neatly tied up because of lucky coincidences. I feel this series has far too much of this to be enjoyable.

  • Joshua Silverman
    2018-12-12 03:07

    Sigh. I wish things would've been different. But this is the second book in the mini chain-fire trilogy that just didn't make the grade in my opinion.Honestly, these books are overly drawn out and way too long. At least one third of Chainfire, Phantom, and Confessor are basically the characters remembering the last 8 books. Okay, maybe that works for a paragraph or two, but Goodkind drones on and on about it. I don't need a synopsis of what I've read, I read it. All three of these books could be 1/3 shorter than they are just by eliminating or shortening most of the flashbacks that aren't necessary.Secondly, with the start of the Chainfire series (well, it really started with Pillars of Creation and Naked Empire where it got bad), Goodkind has a tendency to preach a rhetoric that we've been hearing over and over again for 8 or 9 books already. We get it, we're on your side, we agree with you Terry (that's why we're reading your books), but your characters don't need to launch into a 30 minute dissertation on freedom every 100 pages. When a book is 600-700 pages, that gets old really fast.

  • Emily
    2018-12-11 22:46

    This book was amazing. I'm torn between it being a triumph and a defeat. The emotions I felt reading this varied. I was happy the characters began to believe in Richard. He is the bringer of death and has the prophecy set out for him, but the prophecy begins to change. Or does it? What was once clear for the Witches and Prophets to read and understand, has suddenly gone blank. Was there ever a prophecy for Richard? The key to it all, Richard, knows of the books he must seek. What book is the correct one and which ones are the false copies? He's tangled in a mess. From seeking his phantom, to destroying the Imperial Order, to thwarting witches, princesses, and queens, who will all have his head(!). What's going to happen? Will Richard find his breath of life and allow the world to live free? Or will the Order prosper and force life to suffer?I would describe this book as heartbreaking. Goodkind took me to an inconceivable, mind-blowing, but somehow touching sadness. The Phantom and the Seeker connect in a confusing inspiration for the final book.

  • Jo
    2018-11-23 01:49

    I been religiously following "The Sword of Truth" series since 1994. For every book that comes out, I'm filled with excitement and anticipation. The story evoled dramaticaly and steadly. However by the time it reach the "Phantom", well as you can see, it's the very first low rating I gave. The reason is because, it's just filled with recap of the previous books, no new or not much improvements or developments with the characters and plot. So, yes it was quite disappointing. Frankly speaking, I'm dreading to read the last book "Confessor" because I have this intense feeling that like most book series (Harry Potter and Nicolas Flamel), it will end up with alot of loose ends, where you get this sense of, it could be better or it has so much to go on or areas where it can be improve and all of the sudden the rug been pulled out under you. Maybe the author, is getting sick of their own story and just want to end it. If it is, then it's a shame because it really is a great story.

  • Lourens
    2018-11-18 20:52

    The second last book to the EPIC Fantasy Series: The Sword of Truth. Phantom (Book #10) is definitely my favourite thus far, Terry Goodkind masterfully ties up loose ends from earlier books and sets the stage for the last book and conclusion. The brutality is just sickening in this one. Aa real page turner. By far the best fantasy series I have ever read. Absolutely love it.

  • Michael
    2018-12-10 19:56

    This book was an inprovement over the previous book in the series. The previous book was 6-700 pages of Richard pining for Kahlin. In Phantom, there is actually a plot progression typical of the middle book of a trilogy. An interesting book, hopefully building to a strong conclusion in the 11th and final book of the series.

  • Darkphoenix
    2018-11-19 19:02

    I'd write a review but then I'd have to stop reading Confessor long enough to do that and sadly, I can't... The end is so close....

  • Nicholas Gillen
    2018-12-17 01:56

    She's Gone. Richard is the only one who believes. How do you come up with these storylines Goodkind.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-12-10 18:44

    Chainfire trilogy book 2, Sword of Truth Book 10. Nuff said I believe.

  • Mari
    2018-12-09 22:04

    3.5

  • Dylan Murphy
    2018-11-22 19:58

    Review in progress!

  • Nicholas Zacharewicz
    2018-12-19 01:53

    Between the discussions involving magical technobabble and the page count-driven rather than story-driven chapter breaks, it definitely feels like this book is trying a bit too hard. There are other things that I could point out (children seem to speak just like adults; some passages are definitely repetitive; though de rigeur for the series, some of the torture/implied rape scenes are borderline unreadable), but those two points are what jumped out at me the most. Of course, this is after having found this book in my collection and returning to the series almost 10 years after reading Naked Empire. So whether or not these are all problems with the series and not just this book are unclear. I don't doubt that these problems and others persist into Confessor and beyond, though.Despite all of that, I'm going to continue onto Confessor. Why? Because for all of the problems in this book's execution, I am intrigued by its story and the details of its magic system. I don't remember past books being as weighty as this one is regarding the mechanics of magic, but as a lover of the different ways different series do magic I have to admit that I enjoyed those bits despite myself. Even if I almost laughed out loud when the issue of inspecting spell forms from an interior perspective rather than an exterior one was first brought up. The characters may as well have said something about reversing the polarity of the neutron flow.As per the story, I have a pretty good feeling that good will prevail and all that (this is a series thst's coming from the mainstream 90s fantasy tradition, after all). But I'm kind of intrigued by how the story will get there. Though part of that interest comes from the whisperings from years back about Goodkind starting to set novels in the real world with Richard and Kahlan along for the ride. Of course, going into Confessor with those half-remembered rumours in mind probably isn't setting me up for anything more than disappointment, but I just have to know how the fantasy world part (or "the mantic root," if you will) of The Sword of Truth series ends.Tl,dr: Just like the TV adaptation of the series, Phantom can be repetitive and overwrought. But, also like the TV series, its melodramatic tone often has me rolling my eyes and just so often saying "oh snap!" as something else falls ridiculously into place.

  • Sara Sahebi
    2018-12-19 03:06

    This book was such a let down. I love The Sword of Truth series I consider Wizards First Rule one of my favorite book but after the 4th book things just started to spiral down and then went slightly back up with Faith of the Fallen and Chainfire but is back down again. This book was so slow and had so little action that I had to force myself to finish the book. I'm almost scared to start Confessor for fear it'll ruin the ending of one of my favorite series. Here are a few reasons I didn't like Phantom: 1. It's repetitive. I feel the characters spoke the same phrase several times in one page just in a different way it got super tedious.2. To many flashback and explanations about events of the previous books. That bothers me so much it's like Terry Doesn't think we have read the previous books and he must repeat everything over again. Honestly, I feel like even if I hadn't read the series from the beginning and just started on this one book I would STILL be able to understand everything that happened in the previous books. The book itself would have been like 300 pages of it hadn't been for all the flashbacks.3. To much talking. They spend over a 100 pages straight just sitting around and talking in one room about certain theories and their connections to Richard. I rather have had him show us how this Game of Life works or more about this Beast that hunts Richard. But nope. 4. I have a question for Terry why does he love sexual assault on women so much? I understand he wants to make the enemy look and feel more inhuman and brutal but every SINGLE MAN that isn't on Richards side is a rapist. And Kahlan is always in constant danger of getting sexually assaulted. I fail to believe that every bad guy is a rapist. And Terry loves to show us in grave details their sexual assault. Overall as a long time fan of the Sword of Truth series I was very disappointed in this book. But I have to give it three stars because I love the story and the book advances the plot even though it was slow and boring for me. Hope the conclusion Confessor is better. I still love The Sword of Truth Series.

  • Raechel
    2018-11-28 21:09

    the thing that irritated me for some reason was the constant referral of Order citizens as "animals", "beasts", and "savages" for acting/believing differently than the protagonist! which is a trait shown through history as belonging to Zealots, Brutes, and Violent Conquerers, which, coincidentally and convienantly​, are the very same charges lay on the Order! this book is just the petty squabbling of MY IDEA IS BETTER THAN YOURS!!! over he past few books of the exact same plot, it gets exhausting. "we care about life more than you" Richard says over and over and over again, pretending he is a Good Person. "we are right, and you are wrong, and so I get to kill you all, in the name of Morality." also, Mr. Goodkind seems to have some kind of intense rape fetish... "if I mention Rape, then I declare that these people are Bad!" seems to be a cheif vein of logic in this novel.also, I might die if I read the word "vile men" one more time. we get it, you are somehow better than the common foot soldier. congratulations! Mr. goodkind tries way too hard to make the antagonists the bad guys.also, which book am I actually reading?? We get the return of the boxes of Orden, the return of violet, more pinning for Kahlan, and crying about prophecy some more. I feel like I really didn't need to read the first 9 or so books, with this one. the "main character" Richard is so hard for me to feel for, because he is so whiny!! "I don't want to lead my army! I must find my wife!" this boy, and I emphasize boy, has limited capacity to understand what priorities he should have,but no. because then that would be letting people boss him around! ... sounds like something a 5 year old would say.glad to say im done with him!