History Literature / SwordOfTruth

29th Aug '17 9:27:50 AM HalcyonDayz
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** Zedd deserves special mention, because he's a kindly old man alternating between wise advisor and perky side-quest assistant in the early books, to the point that if you haven't thought too much about the backstory or read Debt of Bones, it can seem like a complete 180 when he suddenly resorts to Main/WeaponOfMassDestruction, bio-weapons, and straight-up unapologetic genocide later in the series, as well as being shockingly casual about murder on little provocation even compared to Richard. The rest of the world is actually fairly justified in regarding him as something like Hitler crossed with Stalin riding an atomic bomb.

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** Zedd deserves special mention, because he's a kindly old man alternating between wise advisor and perky side-quest assistant in the early books, to the point that if you haven't thought too much about the backstory or read Debt of Bones, it can seem like a complete 180 when he suddenly resorts to Main/WeaponOfMassDestruction, [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Weapons Of Mass Destruction]], bio-weapons, and straight-up unapologetic genocide later in the series, as well as being shockingly casual about murder on little provocation even compared to Richard. The rest of the world is actually fairly justified in regarding him as something like Hitler crossed with Stalin riding an atomic bomb.
29th Aug '17 9:13:10 AM HalcyonDayz
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** Zedd deserves special mention, because he's a kindly old man alternating between wise advisor and perky side-quest assistant in the early books, to the point that if you haven't thought too much about the backstory or read Debt of Bones, it can seem like a complete 180 when he suddenly resorts to WMDs, bio-weapons, and straight-up unapologetic genocide later in the series, as well as being shockingly casual about murder on little provocation even compared to Richard. The rest of the world is actually fairly justified in regarding him as something like Hitler crossed with Stalin riding an atomic bomb.

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** Zedd deserves special mention, because he's a kindly old man alternating between wise advisor and perky side-quest assistant in the early books, to the point that if you haven't thought too much about the backstory or read Debt of Bones, it can seem like a complete 180 when he suddenly resorts to WMDs, Main/WeaponOfMassDestruction, bio-weapons, and straight-up unapologetic genocide later in the series, as well as being shockingly casual about murder on little provocation even compared to Richard. The rest of the world is actually fairly justified in regarding him as something like Hitler crossed with Stalin riding an atomic bomb.
13th Aug '17 9:52:59 PM Fireblood
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* DateRape: Not a "date" in the usual sense, but this happens to [[spoiler:Jensen]] in ''Pillars of Creation'', the seventh book in the series. Her inner monologue makes it clear she isn't at all comfortable with what her suitor is doing, but she's unable to bring herself to stop him. Not that she likely could have, as he's far stronger than her.
30th May '17 9:51:33 PM nombretomado
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The two first books, ''Wizard's First Rule'' and ''Stone of Tears'', are fairly standard fantasy fare, complete with dragons, an evil wizard out to rule the world, the discovery that he [[TheManBehindTheMan wasn't working for his own sake]], a potentially world-ending plot, a magic sword, a wise old wizard, a mysterious woman with strange powers, and a [[AuthorAppeal gratuitous S&M sequence]]. For a long time some people thought Goodkind was ripping off [[TheWheelOfTime Robert Jordan]], as his stories contained many things that had exact counterparts in Jordan's novels. From the third book on, [[DerivativeDifferentiation things get slightly less derivative]], with the introduction of a new BigBad and increasing focus on Richard's struggles as a leader. By the fourth book the plot is still pretty standard but at least going under its own power.

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The two first books, ''Wizard's First Rule'' and ''Stone of Tears'', are fairly standard fantasy fare, complete with dragons, an evil wizard out to rule the world, the discovery that he [[TheManBehindTheMan wasn't working for his own sake]], a potentially world-ending plot, a magic sword, a wise old wizard, a mysterious woman with strange powers, and a [[AuthorAppeal gratuitous S&M sequence]]. For a long time some people thought Goodkind was ripping off [[TheWheelOfTime [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Robert Jordan]], as his stories contained many things that had exact counterparts in Jordan's novels. From the third book on, [[DerivativeDifferentiation things get slightly less derivative]], with the introduction of a new BigBad and increasing focus on Richard's struggles as a leader. By the fourth book the plot is still pretty standard but at least going under its own power.



* DarkerAndEdgier: ...Than ''WheelOfTime''.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ...Than ''WheelOfTime''.''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.



** Samuel bears more than a passing resemblance to [[LordOfTheRings Gollum]].
** There are also the various similarities between Goodkind's world and that of ''TheWheelOfTime''. The most direct parallels appear in ''Stone of Tears'' (the title of which is in itself suspicious) and ''Blood of the Fold''. The Sisters of the Light are similar to the Aes Sedai in Robert Jordan's work (complete with [[TheMole evil members]]). The Keeper of the Underworld and the Dark One are both {{Satan}} figures that are trying to break the magical barriers keeping them out of the normal world. They both have human followers, called "banelings" and "darkfriends", respectively, and there are organizations (the Blood of the Fold, the Children of the light) dedicated to [[WitchHunt hunting them]] that only manage to spread paranoia and kill innocent people.

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** Samuel bears more than a passing resemblance to [[LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]].
** There are also the various similarities between Goodkind's world and that of ''TheWheelOfTime''.''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The most direct parallels appear in ''Stone of Tears'' (the title of which is in itself suspicious) and ''Blood of the Fold''. The Sisters of the Light are similar to the Aes Sedai in Robert Jordan's work (complete with [[TheMole evil members]]). The Keeper of the Underworld and the Dark One are both {{Satan}} figures that are trying to break the magical barriers keeping them out of the normal world. They both have human followers, called "banelings" and "darkfriends", respectively, and there are organizations (the Blood of the Fold, the Children of the light) dedicated to [[WitchHunt hunting them]] that only manage to spread paranoia and kill innocent people.
30th May '17 9:08:32 AM HiddenWindshield
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* AntiMagic: The "pristinely ungifted," who are not only immune to magic, but can't perceive it, and who always pass this trait onto their children. At one point, Jagang has his forces kidnap a bunch of them and forces them to breed with his men just to spread this trait to the next generation. He also forces some of them into invading the Wizard's Keep to capture Zedd and Adie, since it's elaborate magical defenses (along with their spells) are completely useless against them.

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* AntiMagic: The "pristinely ungifted," who are not only immune to magic, but can't perceive it, and who always pass this trait onto their children. At one point, Jagang has his forces kidnap a bunch of them and forces them to breed with his men just to spread this trait to the next generation. He also forces some of them into invading the Wizard's Keep to capture Zedd and Adie, since it's its elaborate magical defenses (along with their spells) are completely useless against them.
22nd Apr '17 3:34:06 AM ValarHodoris
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* SeriousBusiness: Within the Imperial Order, the people and the establishment alike take the sport of Ja'La very seriously. The society has virtually no social mobility, but becoming an elite player is a surefire way to gain tremendous status and glory.
6th Apr '17 6:22:30 PM Fireblood
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* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:Richard ''Rahl'']], and Du Chaillu's fourth child.

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* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:Richard ''Rahl'']], and Du Chaillu's fourth child. Also the children of Confessors, since their fathers are always {{brainwashed}}, though it's not actually referred to as rape.
5th Apr '17 9:23:11 PM Fireblood
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* ActualPacifist: The Bandakar initially, who fall under the rule of the Imperial Order due to this. Most of them later abandon pacifism and kill them under Richard's guidance. It's rather anvilicious in proclaiming pacifism is stupid and wrong.

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* ActualPacifist: The Bandakar initially, who fall under the rule of the Imperial Order due to this. Most of them later abandon pacifism and kill them under fight with Richard's guidance. It's rather anvilicious in proclaiming pacifism is stupid and wrong.
5th Apr '17 9:19:19 PM Fireblood
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* ActualPacifist: The Bandakar initially, who fall under the rule of the Imperial Order due to this. Most of them later abandon pacifism and kill them under Richard's guidance. It's rather anvilicious in proclaiming pacifism is stupid and wrong.
5th Apr '17 6:46:07 AM Fireblood
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* DemonicPossession: Slides take control of animal's bodies through projecting their souls, plus people's they captured, into them.

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* DemonicPossession: Slides take control of animal's bodies animals through projecting their souls, plus people's they captured, into them.various creatures' bodies.
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