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The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. This is the story of Richard and Kahlan and their children. 'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. This is the story of Richard and Kahlan and their children. 'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY GOODKIND. In 1994 Wizard's First Rule introduced Richard Cypher, a young woodsman seeking answers and vengeance in the aftermath of his father's murder, and Kahlan Amnell, a mysterious young woman pursued by a bloodthirsty tyrant's assassins. The Sword of Truth is one of the most ambitious fantasy series ever written. It was a decades-long masterwork that has been translated into 20 languages and sold 26 million copies. After 16 volumes and one novella, it concluded in 2016 with Warheart. The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. The story will be told in installments, as novella-length episodes published every three months. Witch's Oath is the fourth novella


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The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. This is the story of Richard and Kahlan and their children. 'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. This is the story of Richard and Kahlan and their children. 'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY GOODKIND. In 1994 Wizard's First Rule introduced Richard Cypher, a young woodsman seeking answers and vengeance in the aftermath of his father's murder, and Kahlan Amnell, a mysterious young woman pursued by a bloodthirsty tyrant's assassins. The Sword of Truth is one of the most ambitious fantasy series ever written. It was a decades-long masterwork that has been translated into 20 languages and sold 26 million copies. After 16 volumes and one novella, it concluded in 2016 with Warheart. The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. The story will be told in installments, as novella-length episodes published every three months. Witch's Oath is the fourth novella

30 review for Witch's Oath

  1. 5 out of 5

    Twila

    Here it is. My first disappointing read of the year. Didn't take too long, either. 😞 2.5 stars _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ After the cliffhanger ending of the last novella, I have been eagerly awaiting this day for months now! It has the size of a full-length book, so it's like I have an entirely new Sword of Truth novel to read and I am very excited!! Crossing my fingers none of my people die 🤞🤞

  2. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Starts off where we left Richard, Kahlan, Vika and the other mord-sith in Michec's torture room with the glee waiting for a turn. I don't want to spoil anything but we get some similar things from Warheart, and there is a boundary again somehow. Poor Kahlan is still in peril and there is only one more book to go so damn Mr. Goodkind! Give them a break! Is it just me or does Shale get on everyone's nerves? Always with the constant questions. I don't trust her. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC! I c Starts off where we left Richard, Kahlan, Vika and the other mord-sith in Michec's torture room with the glee waiting for a turn. I don't want to spoil anything but we get some similar things from Warheart, and there is a boundary again somehow. Poor Kahlan is still in peril and there is only one more book to go so damn Mr. Goodkind! Give them a break! Is it just me or does Shale get on everyone's nerves? Always with the constant questions. I don't trust her. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC! I can't wait for the last part of the series! I'm glad more Nicci comes out next month to help with the wait.

  3. 5 out of 5

    itchy

    brief synopsis: Richard and his eight other companions overcome Michec's trap and continue with their planned journey to Aydindril. setting: the People's Palace on the road Aydindril (generally west from the People's Palace) named personalities: Kahlan - the Mother Confessor Richard Rahl aka Richard Cypher - a lord; a mere woodsman; a war wizard; the Seeker of Truth Moravaska Michec - a witch man Shale - a sorceress from the Northern Waste Vika - a blond Mord-Sith who was gravely wounded by Michec; Richar brief synopsis: Richard and his eight other companions overcome Michec's trap and continue with their planned journey to Aydindril. setting: the People's Palace on the road Aydindril (generally west from the People's Palace) named personalities: Kahlan - the Mother Confessor Richard Rahl aka Richard Cypher - a lord; a mere woodsman; a war wizard; the Seeker of Truth Moravaska Michec - a witch man Shale - a sorceress from the Northern Waste Vika - a blond Mord-Sith who was gravely wounded by Michec; Richard's favorite Darken Rahl - Michec's late boss Hannis Arc - Vika's late owner Sulachan - a late emperor The Golden Goddess - a goddess (quite possibly the ultimate antagonist of the Children of D'Hara arc) Berdine - a short Mord-Sith who belonged to Michec Rikka - a Mord-Sith Cassia - a Mord-Sith who is good with direction Zedd - no background given, but it is mentioned that Richard's grandfather was a great wizard and had been the caretaker of the Sword of Truth Nyda - a Mord-Sith Vale - a Mord-Sith Shota - a witch woman who put vipers on Kahlan (Wizard's First Rule) Keeper - of the underworld Shar - Kahlan's companion when she came through the boundary (Wizard's First Rule) titular line: p11: "I appreciate your loyalty in trying to warn me of danger, but you underestimate me. The famous and powerful Lord Rahl is quite helpless against me. No one escapes a witch’s oath." series name: p34: "You 'think'?" Shale held up a hand to stop him right there. "First of all, I can't imagine what you are talking about, but more importantly, you and the Mother Confessor have a responsibility to the two children of D'Hara she is carrying. Our job is to protect her from danger, not put her in it.' Richard mercifully dispenses with the long-winded explanations but literally goes in circles on the road to Aydindril. Plot-wise, this looks to be way worse than a deus ex machina.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vagabond of Letters, DLitt

    2.5/5. Very slow in the first 100pp compared to the other installments - feels like a second first book in the series, but without the worldbuilding depth or payoff of other fully-orbed second first books, like 'Memories of Ice' (Malazan 5). By the halfway mark, after the defeat of Moravec, the book takes on a more traditionally Goodkindian character of quality. Downgraded a star because it's fiction. I normally read and review nonfiction, and in nonfiction, a strong ending can make up for weaknes 2.5/5. Very slow in the first 100pp compared to the other installments - feels like a second first book in the series, but without the worldbuilding depth or payoff of other fully-orbed second first books, like 'Memories of Ice' (Malazan 5). By the halfway mark, after the defeat of Moravec, the book takes on a more traditionally Goodkindian character of quality. Downgraded a star because it's fiction. I normally read and review nonfiction, and in nonfiction, a strong ending can make up for weakness throughout the main text. In fiction, the journey is supposed to be enthralling, which is the entire point of nondidactic fiction. This one was not. However, I just gave a flat 2 stars to the equally-boring but more nonsensical and completely politically abhorrent 'Freeze-Frame Revolution', and this one isn't quite as bad - but it's not as imaginative or evocative, either. Hopefully the longeurs are edited out of the final Children of D'Hara novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luíza Carvalho

    what's up with the endless need to keep explaining and explaining and explaining. The plot uses so much deus ex machina that the only way to make it sound less absurd is with endless explanations that make no sense whatsoever. He keeps trying to explain the inexplicable in the worst possible times. I really miss the awesome writing of the first books. Wizard's First Rule is a masterpiece and one of my favorite books to date. The series continues with solid world building and great storytelling for what's up with the endless need to keep explaining and explaining and explaining. The plot uses so much deus ex machina that the only way to make it sound less absurd is with endless explanations that make no sense whatsoever. He keeps trying to explain the inexplicable in the worst possible times. I really miss the awesome writing of the first books. Wizard's First Rule is a masterpiece and one of my favorite books to date. The series continues with solid world building and great storytelling for another 4 or 5 books. And then, the Goodkind's Manifesto starts in Naked Empire (still in a bearable way) and it never stops. I kind of enjoyed the omen machine trilogy. But only in a nostalgic way. But the novellas are really awful. I'll give the Nicci Chronicles a try, but I'm prepared to be disappointed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    irvin r russell

    Once again a great book to get. The book is great as it always is that he does and he doesn't lose a step in his writing, great job on the book. One thing you leave me wondering how in the world is going to get out of trouble that you left him in. But that is the magic of the author is writing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Duncan

    Got home at 10pm, ate dinner, said I'd only read for a bit before heading off to bed for work tomorrow. It's now 1:30am and with a couple long breaks in between to scream silently I have finished. And jesus the cliffhangers are killing me Terry! This series is amazing from beginning to end and I cannot wait for the next installment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dale Russell

    Captured...powerless...at a powerful enemy's mercy...or lack thereof. That's where this story begins!!! The Golden Goddess and the Glee still seek Richard and Kahlan with the intent to end their lives... destroy magic...and rule the world. Their only hope is to find their way to a safe place where they - and their children to be - can be protected. Yet, every breath they take, every move they make someone is watching them. And now, they must find their way free from this new enemy who not only ha Captured...powerless...at a powerful enemy's mercy...or lack thereof. That's where this story begins!!! The Golden Goddess and the Glee still seek Richard and Kahlan with the intent to end their lives... destroy magic...and rule the world. Their only hope is to find their way to a safe place where they - and their children to be - can be protected. Yet, every breath they take, every move they make someone is watching them. And now, they must find their way free from this new enemy who not only has power's of their own, but has the ability to bend the Mord-Sith to their will. An enemy who is not only powerful but is sworn by a Witch's Oath to destroy the royal family...an Oath that is more than it seems. This is the 4th book in the CHILDREN OF D'HARA series and Terry Goodkind, with all the twists and turns he is famous for building into his stories, has yet to unveil all of them. In this new chapter in the series he uncovers threads thought buried in the Underworld and new threats that were not forseen. Goodkind sits at his loom, weaving new dangers and new threats that he continues to form into the huge tapestry that is the world of the Sword of Truth. This book should be read in order from the previous three chapters in order to fully grasp and understand all the intricacies and pieces that make up this chapter.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The way Authors cut off the END of the storylines.. Are like waiting until after the Commercial to see the results of the a favorite Game Show.. LOL... BUT I DO enjoy the way I can just pick up each New Book IN every series that TERRY GOODKIND writes and immediately I'm taken back to what I was reading about in the Previous book. It's just like waiting until after the Commercial to end. So YOU can pick up where YOU left off. .Ya know what I mean. I Personally think his books are GOOD for most any The way Authors cut off the END of the storylines.. Are like waiting until after the Commercial to see the results of the a favorite Game Show.. LOL... BUT I DO enjoy the way I can just pick up each New Book IN every series that TERRY GOODKIND writes and immediately I'm taken back to what I was reading about in the Previous book. It's just like waiting until after the Commercial to end. So YOU can pick up where YOU left off. .Ya know what I mean. I Personally think his books are GOOD for most any age that understands the mystical powers and the difference between life and death Majic and Non Magic. AND also the significance of the TRUTH in ALL things living. So no little kids (12 years & under)should be reading without Adult supervision. But that's just MY Opinions OKAY. Can't wait to see what happens with the Twins. I hope they survive long enough to have a series of their own. Please 🐸❤🎨

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McCrackin

    I'm really not sure how many stars to give this book because while I couldn't put it down - I was highly annoyed by the constant questions of one of the main characters. I have rarely wished for a main protagonist to be killed off but I did wish for that a couple times throughout this book. How this person could run and fight for their lives while asking questions and complaining about the answers was starting to make me wonder if their powers were superior to Richard in some way (please let the I'm really not sure how many stars to give this book because while I couldn't put it down - I was highly annoyed by the constant questions of one of the main characters. I have rarely wished for a main protagonist to be killed off but I did wish for that a couple times throughout this book. How this person could run and fight for their lives while asking questions and complaining about the answers was starting to make me wonder if their powers were superior to Richard in some way (please let there be a plot twist that explains and justifies this annoying character). Aside from that, as usual with Goodkind the interesting complexities of the world/magical mechanics are well done and well thought out (and exhaustingly explained thanks to the at times blockheaded character Shale).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danita White

    This was a good book. I have not read the previous 4 in the series and I was still able to follow along. It had me hooked on the very first page. I can’t wait for the 5th one in the series! Kahlan and Richard are my new two favorite characters!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Park

    Mr. Goodkind at his best as usual. With the 3 months in between books I tried to pace myself to make it last but failed miserably. As with the Sword of Truth series I hope this lasts a good long while. Only complaint is now I got to wait 3 months to find out what happens next. Loved it. Thank you for another wonderful journey with some of my best friends.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rutger Gerrits

    Part 4 of his mini series that return to the characters Richard and Kahlan, and every part of the series is simply amazing, we go from one cliffhanger to the other and it leaves me wanting only more. Can't wait untill then next one drops!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather(Gibby)

    Wow, these Children of D'Hara really like to end in cliffhangers. Can't wait until the next one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Véronique Laplante Grenier

    The fourth book in the children of d'Hara novella pick right after the third one left us. Terry Goodkind still have write another great book. I always have love the sword of truth series. With the new cliffhanger that Witch's Oath left us I really can't wait for the fifth books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This book ended with more questions than answers!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Marolla

    Action packed. Not a minute to take a breathe without the next plot begins. Enjoyed the continued story and got right back in with the characters. Good reading. As usual. Beloved characters and how everything seems to work out. Good verses evil and of course good wins most of the time. Can't wait for the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raylene Sellen

    Gah! What the hell, Terry?! Why would you do that to me?!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Great book I’ve read every book in the series starting with wizards first rule. This series started me reading and I’m now over 1000 books in print and ebooks. I have enjoyed every book by this author. Can’t wait for the next adventure of Richard.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kem Toler

    Of they didn't die in the first books They will be back and with a vengeance it seems. Richard and company continue to battle evil for the greater good while trying desperately to save their unborn children. They fight New enemies and old. Same problems.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Awesome as always. Terry never disappoints. Love his writing and his story's. Been. Fan since his 1st books. Looking forward to more. On the way to more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Morrison

    These books are amazing. Read/listened to this book in less than 2 days which is a feat for me. My only issue is the cliffhanger endings. I’m so mad I have to wait until June to find out what happens!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jim Brod

    Another great story Always like Terry's stories. Wish these were written as one book. Really would prefer to keep reading and not deal with the cliff hanging endings, but they keep me coming back!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mordsith Cutler

    I love this series I can't get enough. I've read 27 of Terry Goodkind books and I love each and everyone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Amazing! From the first page until the last it never let's you go. I Have been reading Terry Goodkind books since I was a kid in high school and to me this is some of his best work. This series has been amazing and if this is any indication of what the last book will be like we are all in for a fantastic ride.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Little progress to the story Nothing much happened. References to the twins in every page, magic that doesn't make sense, and random baddies that take 9 people to kill. Despite the fact that Richard is the most powerful and most special. Honestly boring.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael Otto

    This is the awaited book 4 of Chidren of D'Hara Witch's Oath. This book shows that in the previous book the disappearance of Vika was just bait for a trap set for Richard and Kahlan . Now that the trap is sprung how does Richard get out it? What is this reference to the Law of Nines that is mentioned about? Readers of Terry Goodkind know it may harken back to a previous book with the same title. What is this Witch's Oath in the title all about? Find out all of these things in this book with anot This is the awaited book 4 of Chidren of D'Hara Witch's Oath. This book shows that in the previous book the disappearance of Vika was just bait for a trap set for Richard and Kahlan . Now that the trap is sprung how does Richard get out it? What is this reference to the Law of Nines that is mentioned about? Readers of Terry Goodkind know it may harken back to a previous book with the same title. What is this Witch's Oath in the title all about? Find out all of these things in this book with another cliff hanger. Waiting for March to see more adventures.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Melbie

    Good thing that these are available at the library; I would not have read these if I had to buy them outright. These could have easily been one big book, as well. But, good story is good story!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    I can't get enough of Richard and Kahlan! Terry Goodkind really knows how to keep the reader engaged, the twists and turns are unexpected yet welcomed. The Only flaw is that these are novellas rather than full length books, I want more! P. S. Bring back Gratch!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    It pains me not to give this five stars - and I honestly as I start this review - I can’t quite put my finger on why I’m not... Except that, as has been the case with Children of D’Hara in particular, the reader is well ahead of the writer most of the way through this book. As anyone who is familiar with the tribulations and metaphorical bullet dodging of Richard Rahl (née Cypher) throughout the Sword of Truth series would know, things have become just a little formulaic. Whereas fighting against s It pains me not to give this five stars - and I honestly as I start this review - I can’t quite put my finger on why I’m not... Except that, as has been the case with Children of D’Hara in particular, the reader is well ahead of the writer most of the way through this book. As anyone who is familiar with the tribulations and metaphorical bullet dodging of Richard Rahl (née Cypher) throughout the Sword of Truth series would know, things have become just a little formulaic. Whereas fighting against self-interest in the face of the greater good was once cause for argument with the protagonist - akin to screaming ‘He’s behind you’ at the screen during a horror movie - so too has Richard’s movements, motivation and supposed ‘shocks’ just become... convenient. And predictable. Whereas Joss Whedon or GRRM is not afraid to kill off a main character - for shock value, sure, but also for realism (you can’t always roll the dice and not expect to crap out) and to drive the story forward, Goodkind instead uses the convenience, the ‘Terminator trap’ - that there is no real peril because a hero always rises at the right moment, to continue the story... and it’s a story that’s getting a little boring to hear. Because the reader is ahead of the writer. And yet.... I’m still reading. Because it’s compelling - because I want to see the ‘How’ of the magic trick - not just know ahead of time that the bunny is going to appear in the hat. Because Goodkind has the ability to transport you away from yourself. To rally behind Richard and Kahlan - and feel empathy for these characters. Richard’s dichotomy of being a great leader - but a leader who throws himself in first - despite the consequences is... inherently watchable. At times, despite the needs of the many - yet while justifying that his actions are for the needs of the many - he is absolutely selfish. And selfless. And changes his mind to put them all in danger. Because by doing so he believes he is protecting Kahlan. Or the world. Or both at once. And once again... it’s convenient. It’s the story you expect. But we watched Titanic. And we read Harry Potter. And Hunger Games. And every other series. Despite knowing what the end must be. Because it is compelling. And comforting. And we don’t like to be made to look like idiots. To be wrong about what we expect. To not feel like we understand the writer, the character, the story. It’s what we deserve because of our complacency of acceptance. It’s the roadside crash we can’t help but look at. It’s sensationalist TV. It’s a guilty pleasure. And because of that alone, it’s worth 4 stars. Because it’s what we’ll lap up. The 5th star is loudly missing though... it could only be given if the writer did something surprising. Unpredictable. Challenging. Witch’s Oath is a likeable read. It is what we have come - been conditioned - to expect. And that - albeit the only surprise in this book - is it’s downfall. 4 Stars.

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