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Terry Goodkind

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Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more than 20 different languages, world-wide.


It is an absolute thrill and an inspiration to have been nominated for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award ("Best Fantasy"). Thank you for taking a moment to vote for THE FIRST CONFESSOR.


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The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind
"Having read the entire series (well everything T.G. has written) I have to say that I'll have to go through and read it again because I went through it so fast. Fast paced with several "OH CRAP" moments. I really can't wait for more. "
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If you wanted Richard and Kahlan to have a happy ending, you should have stopped reading at CONFESSOR.

THE THIRD KINGDOM is a Richard and Kahlan novel that picks up where THE OMEN MACHINE left off and a short while after the conclusion of the Sword of
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" Jasmine, Of course there was an editor. The very same that has collaborated with me on all of my SWORD OF TRUTH series books. It would be difficult to ...more"
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" Bianca wrote: "I just ordered 3 boxed sets plus Confessor. I can't wait! Amazing that Terry Goodkind writes here about his books!Huge fan."

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“If the road is easy, you're likely going the wrong way.”
Terry Goodkind

“People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.”
Terry Goodkind, Wizard's First Rule

“I often hear people say that they read to escape reality, but I believe that what they’re really doing is reading to find reason for hope, to find strength. While a bad book leaves readers with a sense of hopelessness and despair, a good novel, through stories of values realized, of wrongs righted, can bring to readers a connection to the wonder of life. A good novel shows how life can and ought to be lived. It not only entertains but energizes and uplifts readers.”
Terry Goodkind


Spring/Summer 2013 Series Final Round - What series will we start reading in June 2013?

Below are the top five from our first round of voting.

The top two will be our next group reads. Whichever one is the 'darker' or 'grittier' series will fall into the Alternate Series group read slot (starts on the 15th of each month). The other 'lighter' one will be the 1st of the month group read.

  51 votes, 25.6%

  46 votes, 23.1%

  40 votes, 20.1%

  36 votes, 18.1%

  26 votes, 13.1%


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Eric Birk Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.

Hessa Al Ajmani Hello! I cannot express how happy I am to actually be friends with you (my favorite author) here on my favorite website and to see you responding to your readers' comments and reviews! I was wondering why you haven't started your own vlog... I think it'll be wonderful! I also wish you could come to Dubai for a book signing or a fan meeting. It'll be a dream come true if you did!

Theresa I'm very happy to be on your friends list.
I love the Sword of Truth series; that is
some of the most brilliant writing ever.
Thank you for keeping the bar high:))

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