Millions of readers over the world have been held spellbound by this valiant tale vividly told. Now, enter Terry Goodkind's world, the world of The Sword of Truth. In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help... and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword-to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed... or that their time has run out. This is the beginning. One story. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.
After the murder of his father, and a chance encounter with a mysterious Confessor named Kahlan, Richard Cypher learns of an ancient prophecy that has named him the first true Seeker in over a millennium. Along with an old wizard named Zedd, Richard and Kahlan must stop the ruthless tyrant Darken Rahl from unleashing an ancient evil.
Bounty hunters all over the lands are trying to capture Richard. While Zedd seeks to find out how they're tracking him, Richard and Kahlan attempt to help a girl whose brother has been captured by a fabled monster.
Richard visits his birthville Brennidon, which causes the D'Harans to return to the village looking for him.
Richard and Kahlan rescue a young child who can read a person's mind by looking into their eyes.
Richard and Kahlan save the village of Drendril from illicit magic use as Zedd falls into the hands of a corrupt wizard.
Visions of the Seeker's death prompt a sorceress named Shota to temporarily exchange Richard's identity with that of a merchant's son.
Richard is captured by a Mord'Sith named Denna, who can manipulate any form of magic directed at her.
Zedd uses magic to outsmart Darken Rahl and steal the third and final Box of Orden
Richard and Kahlan rescue pregnant Dennee (Kahlan's sister) from the D'Haran prison
Kahlan and Richard respond to a letter from the leader of the resistance asking for help, members of the resistance have been dying by "accident" around him. Meanwhile Zedd goes to visit his family to pick up an object he needs.
Using a rare astronomical alignment, Darken Rahl has his wizard, Giller, cast the Spell of the Lying Moon, placing Richard under a dreamlike trance, in an attempt to reveal the hidden location of the third Box of Orden.
The truth behind the thousand year old legend of the Seeker Kieran is uncovered.
When Chase escapes a D'Harens labor camp, he finds Richard and Kahlan and tells them about the Gar invasion problems with the boundary open. The three return to Hartland but find that it is no longer the same place that Richard grew up in.
Richard, Kahlan and Chase are headed to the D'haran fortress where Chase's family is kept prisoner, and Darken Rahl's archwizard is conducting magical experiments on them. As they manage to infiltrate the fortress the Seeker comes face to face with his sinister opponent for the first time, while a terrible, unexpected force is unleashed.
While trying to keep the Box of Orden out of Darken Rahl's hands, Richard learns something new about his ties to Zedd.
Richard goes undercover and infiltrates a D'Haren camp to save innocent lives after he and Kahlen discover that Darken Rahl has been using dark magic to fight the resistance.
Opportunistic thieves use magic to disguise themselves as Richard and Kahlan in a scheme to rob trusting townspeople, but when they learn the real Seeker and Confessor are nearby, they seize the opportunity to steal the Sword of Truth.
To protect his realm from the D’Harans, King Gregor persuades the sorcerer Shota to transform him into a vicious beast at sundown each day. But it leads to a dillema for Richard, when that viciousness takes an unintended and tragic turn.
Richard, Kahlan, and Zedd race to find a duplicate copy of the Book of Counted Shaddows before Darken Rahl can get his hands on it.
Darken Rahl captures Richard's sister Jennsen and poisons her mind against her brother. Meanwhile, Richard, Kahlan, and Zedd aid villagers after Rahl unleashes a plague on them.
Richard inadvertently opens an entry to the underworld, unleashing a terrible evil.
The quest for the Stone of Tears brings Richard, Kahlan, Zedd and Cara to a D’Haran prison, where the dead return from the underworld to prey on the living.
Cara’s fate is in Kahlan’s hands when the Mord’Sith is put on trial for horrific crimes she committed in the past.
Kahlan and Richard set out to rescue a mysterious girl, the only other living Confessor, and try to prevent her from unleashing the power she possesses.
Zedd falls victim to a mysterious spell that strips him of his memories and his old age, causing him to believe that he must replace Richard with a new Seeker.
Richard's attempt to teach a peaceful people how to defend themselves unleashes an uncontrollable rage that threatens to consume them and destroy the Seeker.
Richard learns to use his wizard powers by the Sisters of the Light, while Zedd must name a new Seeker when Sister Nicci reveals a shocking secret.
Richard's trapped in the Valley of Perdition and facing his worst fear, and the sorceress Sister Nicci is plotting to murder Kahlan. Meanwhile, Cara's feelings for the Seeker deepen.
A call to return to Aydindril and a desire to stay with Richard results in two Kahlans, one representing Kahlan's rational mind and the other her irrational heart. Richard realizes the mistake and must reconcile the elements of Kahlan's soul before Zedd, captured by the rational Kahlan, is put to death.
To protect the Seeker, Cara proposes a deadly covenant with the ruthless Darken Rahl; Zedd's wayward brother strikes a deal with a dubious peddler of magic that might threaten Rahl's plan.
To save Kahlan from execution, reluctant Cara must pose as a polished princess and compete in an elaborate masquerade of manners to win a powerful ruler's affections.
Richard is forced to protect Kahlan's greatest enemy when Kahlan is put under a life-threatening spell only her enemy can remove.
Richard, Kahlan and Zedd's life is put at risk when they meet a young and powerful woman named Maia who claims to be the Creator and it becomes crucial to uncover her true identity before Maia can destroy them all.
When Richard tries to save some villagers who are marked for death from a walking weapon of vengeance, he jeopardizes Kahlan, Zedd and Cara's lives.
While Zedd and his brother seek revenge for the murder of their father, a stranger steps into Richard's life to send him on a collision course with Zedd.
Darken Rahl plots his return to the land of the living, using a hapless look-alike; the Seeker races to find a stolen scroll, which holds the key to his quest for the Stone of Tears.
Resurrected Darken Rahl risks the Keeper's wrath by acquiring the secrets of an ancient scroll, forcing the Seeker into an uneasy alliance with his evil brother.
Richard and Kahlan discover that the Stone of Tears is hidden in an enchanted land they are unable to leave. Meanwhile, a surprise reunion turns into a deadly confrontation for Cara and Zed.
When Zedd tries to save Cara who was re-broken by Darken Rahl, Richard, Kahlan and everyone else's lives are changed dramatically.