Stone of Tears - Sword of Truth 2 Book Summary and Study Guide

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    In the second novel to the eight novel series, Richard Rahl has just stopped the powerful wizard, his father Darken Rhal, from taking over the world with three magic boxes of Orden. He gets his life back with his beloved Kahlan, and is to be married to her. Then they get some strange visitors on horseback, three women that know how to help Richard with his headaches, but he would have to wear a collar, which he loathes. He gets there chances to accept the offer of the collar or be killed. He soon finds out that everytime he does not accept the collar one of the woman kills herself and passes on her power for the next woman to succeed. Kahlan knows the collar will save his life but knows the kind of pain he went through with a collar and is having a very hard time with what she has to do if Richard does not accept the collar on the second offer.
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    The three woman were from farther away than Richard had ever known existed, they were Sisters of Light, sorceresses compelled to teach young boys how to control their gift. Richard constantly argues with his "captor" on their long journey to the Palace of Prophets. Richard will be at the palace for as long as it takes his to use his gift. He is soon told by Warren, a young man with vast knowledge which Richard finds useful to his "escape", that the palace has a spell that ages the people within 10 to 20 times slower than outside. Seemingly flustered by this information, Richard speeds up research at the palace so he can be with his Kahlan. Richard thought she betrayed him by making him put on the collar, to save his life, to prove his love to her, but realizes he was wrong to be so blind to her devotion to him when he has to do the same for a friend whose life becomes threatened.
The review of this Book prepared by Larry

Main character is separated from love and goes to a place where wizard's are trained. He must accept his identity in order to save the world from destruction.
The review of this Book prepared by Jan Skritek

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   sword fights Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   18th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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