Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind is the fourth book in the Sword of Truth series. It was first released on September 15, 1997, and followed in paperback on September 15, 1998. It follows Blood of the Fold and is followed by Soul of the Fire.
Temple of the Winds picks up shortly after where the last volume, Blood of the Fold, left off. A wizard named Marlin, appears in Aydindril announcing his intent to kill Richard Rahl. He is immediately captured and questioned by the Mother Confessor, Kahlan Amnell, and one of Richard's bodyguards, Cara. Cara uses her Mord-Sith ability to capture Marlin's gift when he tries to escape, but the link between Cara and Marlin is used against her when Emperor Jagang takes possession of Marlin soon thereafter. Later a woman from Richard's past appears, Nadine, a herbalist from the Westland. She attempts to heal Cara, but fails. Richard's half-brother Drefan, a high priest of a sect of healers, does however succeed in curing Cara.
Meanwhile, Zedd and Prelate Annalina continue their search for the unleashed Nathan Rahl. Their search leads them to a run down inn in an unnamed city, where they discover that Nathan misled them into following another man. The man then gives them a message informing them not to follow Nathan but to protect a treasure instead. A Sister of the Dark, who was also following Nathan, ends up getting caught in a snare Zedd intended for the Prophet Rahl.
Richard and Berdine continue to work on the translation of the journal of Kolo, a dead wizard found in the depths of the Wizard's Keep. In the midst of all these activities, a Sister of the Dark travels through Aydindril spreading a magical plague, similar to the Black Plague from the Middle Ages. In a search for a cure, Richard travels to the First Wizard's Enclave.
In order to save the people of the Midlands from the plague, Kahlan Amnell must betray Richard in order to allow him to enter the Temple of the Winds. In doing so, Richard saves the people of the Midlands, but in order to return, he pays the price of knowledge, leaving the Temple with something that no vast library of knowledge can ever teach - understanding. Through this, Richard is saved from the life of the eternally condemned.
Meanwhile, Nathan rescues a woman named Clarissa from a life of slavery in the Imperial Order. He then builds a relationship with the woman and uses her to obtain items from Jagang that were given under a tentative deal struck between Nathan (acting as Lord Rahl at the time) and the Emperor.
When Richard returns, Kahlan learns that she must destroy a book in order to save Richard, so she travels to the Old World in the sliph. Upon her arrival she finds Nathan, Sister Verna, and Warren in a compromised situation, and she immediately springs into action to aid them. Clarissa is killed in the struggle by traitors.
With the book, Kahlan returns to Aydindril, but a battle ensues with Drefan, and she is unable to defeat him. Luckily, Richard arrives and disables Drefan by ripping his spine out through his stomach. When Richard rushes to Kahlan's side, the still-conscious Drefan gets up and prepares to attack him, but is killed by the sliph. Kahlan destroys the book, and Richard is cured of the plague.
Richard and Kahlan travel to the land of the Mud People to be wed, where they meet up with Zedd and Ann. Richard and Kahlan are soon thereafter wed and are visited by the witch woman Shota, who once again warns them not to conceive a child.
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Temple of the Winds has a total of 70 chapters.
Here is a list of all the characters who appear in Temple of the Winds:
- Annalina Aldurren
- Sister Amelia
- Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell
- Beth Anderson (First appearance)
- Clive Anderson (First appearance)
- Darby Anderson (First appearance)
- Erling Anderson (First appearance)
- Hattie Anderson (First appearance)
- Lily Anderson (First appearance)
- Minister Tristan Bashkar (First appearance)
- Bert (First appearance)
- The Bird Man
- Bridget (First appearance)
- Nadine Brighton (First appearance)
- Lieutenant Crawford (First appearance)
- Elder Chandalen
- Clarissa (First appearance)
- Sergeant Collins (First appearance)
- Captain Harris (First appearance)
- Emperor Jagang
- Sister Janet
- Juni (First appearance)
- Kip (First appearance)
- Silas Latherton (First appearance)
- Mark (First appearance)
- Andy Millett (First appearance)
- Captain Nance (First appearance)
- Manda Perlin (First appearance)
- Rupert Perlin (First appearance)
- Wizard Marlin Pickard (First appearance)
- Wizard Darken Rahl (Appears as spirit)
- High Priest Drefan Rahl (First appearance)
- Prophet Nathan Rahl
- Lord Richard Rahl
- Reggie (First appearance)
- General Reibisch
- Rikka (First appearance)
- Legate Rishi (First appearance)
- Rose (First appearance)
- Sister Roslyn (First appearance)
- Prelate Verna Sauventreen
- Sidney (First appearance)
- Prophet Warren
- Sister Willamina (First appearance)
- William (First appearance)
- Yonick (First appearance)
- First Wizard Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
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Facts & trivia
- The title of the book refers to the Temple of the Winds, a place that is almost sentient and is a huge catalyst in this novel.