The First Confessor
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Whenever I look at a series like Sword of Truth that comes with a lot of prequels and sequels I tend to get overwhelmed. Of course, it's great to get more books of your favorite series and I love to revisit a story world but sometimes the author isn't able to uphold the quality of a story. Let me tell you, this far, this is not the case with the Sword of Truth series.
As of now, I read book 1 and 2 in the original series. Both stayed pretty close ...more
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).
(view spoiler)[ a big disappointment, I wish I never read it
with this book Terry managed to destroy everything he built in the SOT series, right now I'm seriously wondering why did I ever like this series, or if it was as good as I remember it... (hide spoiler)]
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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...more
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 ...more
Really disappointed in this was hoping for more of a actual tale about how the Confessors came to be as well as what male confessors are like. Instead we get a tale about dream walkers who are boring. Magda is a tedious character and again I don't get why a Rahl would be involved in this story it really is kind of dumb.
There is proof that Goodkind can write a good book that is set in the same world as The Sword of Truth Saga but this is bad.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more