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Naked Empire

Naked Empire is the eighth book of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, returning to Emperor Richard and Empress Kahlan as protagonists unlike its predecessor, The Pillars of Creation. The two are joined by their new companions, Tom, Richard's half-sister Jennsen, and her goat Betty. The book opens with races, sort of like birds, chasing after the company for some reason, after which Richard finds himself blackmailed into helping the titular naked empire, Bandakar, currently under the rule of a Quisling wizard named Nicholas, a sympathizer for the Imperial Order. Apparently a resident of Bandakar poisoned Richard, with the antidote found in the Empire, and the doses being located in different parts, and Richard and company thus needing to hunt them down before it's too late.

All in all, I thought it was an excellent book, even if it could've easily been half as long and Goodkind commits the usual sin of misused punctuation. I really liked the political themes, how the book explored the dangers of pacifism and nonviolence (and Richard finds himself in conflict with antiwar protesters towards the end), how there's no shame in standing up and fighting back against your enemy instead of giving in to them. Highly recommended.
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