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The First Confessor (The Legend of Magda Searus #1)

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In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.
ebook, 481 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by FINE Group (first published 2012)
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Andrew I'd say start with Wizard's First Rule. I feel like reading Confessor first would certainly spoil some of the mystery set up throughout that series.…moreI'd say start with Wizard's First Rule. I feel like reading Confessor first would certainly spoil some of the mystery set up throughout that series. Just my $.02. (less)

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Terry Goodkind
Jul 13, 2012 Terry Goodkind rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The first chapter of the book is now online:

I've had more fun writing this novel than any other title. It's a story that predates the entire SWORD OF TRUTH series and within it is the origins of key characters and the weapons they will become (or wield). These are foundational aspects of the books that I have wanted to share for a very long time. Readers already familiar with the SWORD OF TRUTH are going to love this novel. It will fundamentally shift your
Michael S.
Aug 15, 2012 Michael S. rated it it was ok
Ok, first the good:

It was great to re-enter this world for a while. Sort of like running into an old friend you haven't seen in years. It recalled a lot of great memories from Richard and Kahlan's world and their epic story.

I liked the character of Magda even though she was pretty much a carbon copy of Kahlan. (beautiful, strong-willed, brave)

It was really cool to see how confessors first began and to meet early war wizards and "makers."

Now the negatives:

Terry, stop preaching the same serm
Eric Allen
Apr 23, 2014 Eric Allen rated it liked it
The First Confessor
The Legend of Magda Searus

By Terry Goodkind

A Review by Eric Allen

Over the last few years Terry Goodkind has been having... let's call them "issues" with his publishers/editors. There have been quite a few rumors of vicious fighting between them over his work. Not to mention the fact that he switched publishers after his contract with Tor was up, a clear indication that he was unhappy with his situation there, and has publicly whined about editorial influence like a spoiled bra
Gosh, this was awful. I was really hoping it wouldn't be, but it just was. It is actually possible to do this review in one word: repetitive. But that seems too weak. If I could have two words, I’d add te-di-ous. But those words are not going to be enough. I need to rant.

Wow, this could really have used a vigorous editor. It seems like Goodkind believes we need to hear everything three times in a row to comprehend it, and that we forget what we just learned after 10 pages. At 500 pages, I skimme
Richard Stickels
Jul 19, 2012 Richard Stickels rated it it was amazing
This was a story that captivated me from the start and one I so wanted to be told, it did not disappoint in the least. From the Start, Magda Searus held my attention. If you recall Sprite, I believe Magda was the true embodiment of it. The things she goes through and her perseverance on her way to becoming the first confessor was astounding.
For those who have not read the Sword of Truth series, this is a good place to start as it will give you some insights into what ‘may’ come. As for those wh
Jul 26, 2012 Veronica rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, owned-books
Here's the deal, this was my least favorite Terry Goodkind novel. I have to believe that my feelings were in part because Mr. Goodkind decided not to offer the book as a physical book to most of the general public. He decided to self-publish this novel which meant offering it as an e-book and having 300 collector's editions available as part of a $300 set. Guess what, your readers are not rich. Watching the comments on the fan page on facebook and twitter, it is easy to see that many of us weren ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
I loved The Sword of Truth novels. I eagerly awaited each massive volume and was disappointed when the story ended. This wasn't because of how the series concluded but because I was going to miss reading about Richard and Kahlan.

Now, Terry Goodkind has set the stage for an entirely new series with The First Confessor. The events in this novel predate those in The Sword of Truth by thousands of years. The reader is given insight to the origination of items integral to the original series includin
Neal Simmons
Jul 09, 2013 Neal Simmons rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is Goodkind's redemption from mediocracy

Being a fan of the Sword of Truth series, I have been massively disappointed in his last two offerings before The First Confessor. The change of style from epic fantasy to more thriller in Law of Nines and The Omen Machine left me with such a bad taste that I almost swore off of his books entirely. Indeed, if The First Confessor had been of the same style, he would have lost at least one fan forever (not that is probably means anything to Goodkind).

Dave Crokaert
Jul 23, 2012 Dave Crokaert rated it it was amazing
When it became apparent this book would only be available as an e-book I was a bit upset. I'm one of those traditionalists that, while occasionaly reading on pads, vastly prefers the feel of a paper hardcover edition. But after reading this book, I realize the choice for this format had some very good effects.

I've always been a fan of Terry, and I loved every single book he wrote. But while they were all awesome, I have to be honest and admit his last books while excellent never gave me that 'mu
Jul 26, 2012 Austin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic
Wow, really good. I like the way this story progressed. From Magda being a widow stricken with sorrow, to becoming the Confessor. All the characters that were involved (Magda, Isidore, Merritt, Naja, Quinn, Sadler, Lothian and others) became more important to the book as it progressed. Each character held an important place in this book. There were no problems with this story.
Jul 14, 2012 Jasmine rated it it was ok
can't wait for it to come out, can't wait to read it


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Sandy Lu
Jul 06, 2012 Sandy Lu rated it it was amazing
July 2nd: Still trying to find this at B & N!
Yaay, just dl'd the book!

Another mesmerizing tale from Terry Goodkind and the first book read on Cleo, my new GlowNook! Yes, it's worth purchasing an e-reader just to read this book! Besides, if you experience joy from reading, any reader is a great investment.

If you've already finished this book (as of July 6th), you've already read the series and I recommend doing that first if you happen to be new to the story since the gradual unfolding of th
Rich Zowaski
Jul 14, 2012 Rich Zowaski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
Terry outshines his own work once again! Readers will love seeing the origin of The Confessors and hearing the action-packed tale of Magda Searus. :D
Carolyn-anne Templeton
It may be my unfamiliarity with Terry Goodkind's offerings that prompts this review. I've read the first three novels of the Sword of Truth series, but Goodkind's writing, specifically his dialogue, struck me as pedantic and unbelievable, even though the setting was interesting, so I stopped reading.

I heard about this book on the Sword & Laser podcast recently, so I decided to give it a look. I admire Goodkind's interest in self-publishing/distribution. I thought it was a step in the right d
Jul 03, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
Spoiler-Free Review:

First, If you haven't read through "Confessor" in the main series, do NOT read this book. It contains some pretty important spoilers for the series as a whole.

The First Confessor is an origin book, and it reads like one. Anyone familiar with the universe knows about most of what happens before even picking up the book. Goodkind banks on that, constantly referencing things in development that will ultimately affect the characters in the main series. Unfortunately in doing so,
Jan 12, 2013 Mandor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

Terry Goodkind expresses that The First Confessor is his creation through and through and how the alternate title for this abomination could be “It’s my life. I am rising up and living it.” I suggest it should be “An Homage to the Poor Editor(s) on Whose Backs I Rode to Fame.” Mr. Goodkind: self-publishing is not your friend. The First Confessor is rife with amateur writing mistakes – mistakes which a writer whose books I have read and re-read dozens of times should not be committing. I question

Belle Ikaria
Dec 11, 2012 Belle Ikaria rated it did not like it
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Jul 08, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Jul 09, 2012 Jordan rated it it was amazing
I love the whole Sword of Truth series, and this book continues the brilliant tradition of following characters of immense integrity in really tough situations.

I'm a long time fan, so this review is biased. Even though I knew some of the things that were going to happen, there were a lot of surprises and it never felt predictable. It's really cool the way the old prophecies and references from the original 12 books are filled out and explained, especially with the Sword of Truth, the Boxes of O
Jul 11, 2012 lisa rated it liked it
Recommended to lisa by: Samuel Lane
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Adam Bigge
Jul 04, 2012 Adam Bigge rated it it was amazing
I started this book with a bit of apprehension. I wasn't sure if I was ready to invest time into a new set of characters. I am glad I did. While I knew more or less how it was going to end (this being a prequel) I was thoroughly engrossed in the journey. Mr. Goodkind managed to take figures from the "history" of his Sword of Truth series and bring them to vibrant life. I had thought of these figures as ancient and majestic ancestors that painstakingly laid down the path that the SoT characters c ...more
Ray Briggs
Jul 04, 2012 Ray Briggs rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I have long hoped to read, one that set in place the background for a series that has provided many hours of enjoyment.

The wonder and magic that has been the world around the Sword of Truth is enhanced by this book and some of the earlier characters are fleshed out. Many of the questions that I had throughout the series have been answered and a few added which leaves me wanting more.

If you are a Sword of Truth fan then this is a must read, if you are new to the series then y
Jul 04, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: fantasy
Mr. Goodkind, thank you so much for releasing this beautiful story in its full, unedited version. I loved every moment of it. It was wonderful to finally find out what happened a thousand years prior to the Sword of Truth series, but this story was compelling all on its own. Beautifully crafted, and impossible to put down.
Jul 29, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was a nice glimpse into what I only read bits and pieces of in the Sword of Truth series. I missed Richard and Kahlan, but I came to care about the characters in this novel as well! Overall, a very good book.
Jul 05, 2012 Eva rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read! I like that Mr. Goodkind took the time to develop the story, and just as you've settled back to leisurely stroll through the plot -- OFF you go on a wild ride that leaves you breathless.
Marcus Lzuru
Nov 09, 2012 Marcus Lzuru rated it it was amazing

Most don't seem to take into consideration that this is BEFORE the TRUTH series, and thus fundamentally altering the message would not have been conducive to the already published theme. It’s like people are asking for another Star Wars episode – where the technology and graphics of the prequel trump the primary trilogy. It’s ridiculous.

So taking into consideration the psychological and sociological limitations within the confines of the pre-established world (hinted to many times in the
T. Stranger
Jul 15, 2012 T. Stranger rated it did not like it
Where do I begin?

Like most Terry Goodkind fans, I was really looking forward to reading this story. I've read Goodkind's work since I was a teenager and enjoyed his latest installment, "The Omen Machine". So my expectations for this book were fairly high. Afterall, in my own opinion, Goodkind always delivers a good story.

This book just didn't cut it. There are so many reasons to justify this that I don't really know where to begin. I completely understand Goodkind's desire to publish his own bo
Jul 18, 2012 Brian rated it liked it
Alright, maybe Terry Goodkind just set the bar way too high for himself with his earlier books, but I honestly felt like it was a bit of a chore to make it through the First Confessor. Obviously, I read it through to the end, so there had to be some kind of satisfying substance to keep me going, but overall, I am disappointed in this book.

The story is fairly interesting, and it is nice to have some back story to accompany Goodkind's Sword of Truth Series. In this book, we learn about the origins
Kara Prem
Jul 10, 2012 Kara Prem rated it it was amazing
I love Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series as well as his other books that are tied to the series in one way or another. The First Confessor takes that tie in to a new level. We get a glimpse (not enough really - I'd love to read a whole series based in this time!) of the world during the Great War 3,000 years before the Sword of Truth novels open. Many of the characters in this novel have been mentioned in the Sword of Truth series, but now you get a chance to experience their world. It's ha ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Loryn rated it it was amazing
Terry Goodkind has outdone himself! I wasn't sure you could improve much on an already phenomenal thing, but he managed to "kick it up a notch" (or ten) !! I think this is the best book he's written so far.

If you've read the Sword of Truth series you'll be thrilled reading about the origins of MANY things from the universe we know and love. If you're new, this book will have you wanting to read anything Mr. Goodkind has written.

This series literally shaped me and my life, and this book has touch
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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 th ...more
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