Stone of Tears
In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down.
Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of
Truth, to save the world from the vile dominion of Darken Rahl, the
most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen. He
was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor
among the Confessors, who brought a powerful but benevolent justice to
the land before Rahl's evil scourge. Aided by Zedd, the last of the
wizards who opposed Rahl, they were able to cast him into the
underworld, saving the world from the living hell of life under Rahl.
But the veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summons a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.
If Rahl isn't stopped, he will free the Keeper itself, an evil entity whose power is so vast and foul that once freed, it can never again be contained.
Richard and Kahlan must face Rahl and the Keeper's terrible minions. But first, Richard must endure the ministrations of the Sisters of Light, or die from the pain of magic that is his birthright and his curse. While Richard undertakes the arduous journey to the forbidden city of the Sisters, Kahlan must embark upon a long and dangerous mission to Aydindril, citadel of the old wizards, where she hopes to find Zedd and the help only he can lend to their desperate cause.
War, suffering, torture, and deceit lie in their paths, and nothing will save them from a destiny of violent death, unless their courage and faith are joined with luck and they find the elusive... Stone of Tears.
Terry Goodkind (1948–2020) was an American writer. He was known for the epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth as well as the contemporary suspense novel The Law of Nines (2009), which has ties to his fantasy series. The Sword of Truth series sold 25 million copies worldwide and was translated into more than 20 languages. Additionally, it was adapted into a television series called Legend of the Seeker, which premiered on November 1, 2008, and ran for two seasons, ending in May 2010.
Goodkind was a proponent of Ayn Rand's philosophical approach of Objectivism, and made references to Rand's ideas and novels in his works.
The Sword of Truth is #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind’s epic fantasy series chronicling the heroic journeys of Richard Cypher, a Seeker of Truth, Confessor Kahlan Amnell and First Order wizard Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander as they battle against dark forces and evil overlords seeking to subjugate the land.
The Sword of Truth consists of eleven primary works, and includes two additional books that complement the series but are not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.
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Stone of Tears is the second book of The Sword of Truth saga. In my opinion this book is much better and more interesting than Wizard's First Rule. Stone of Tears is an entertaining and interesting fantasy book for adults. It introduces some important characters, which will appear in the later books. If you enjoyed reading Wizard's First Rule, you should read Stone of Tears, because you'll probably like it.