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The First Confessor

(The Legend of Magda Searus #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  15,679 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
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. J…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 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Eric Allen
Oct 27, 2012 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
Michael S.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
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
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 03, 2012 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 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books, e-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 02, 2012 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
Jasmine M
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
can't wait for it to come out, can't wait to read it


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Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars but I decided to round it up.

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
Neal Simmons
Jul 06, 2012 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 18, 2012 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
Sandy Lu
Jul 02, 2012 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 the st
Rich Zowaski
Jul 05, 2012 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 direc
Jul 02, 2012 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,
Belle Ikaria
Dec 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Adam Bigge
Jul 04, 2012 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 02, 2012 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
Irene Quicksword

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.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
T. Stranger
Jul 09, 2012 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 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Jul 09, 2012 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 rated it liked it
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Jul 05, 2012 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. ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I wouldn’t recommend Terry Goodkind books to anyone.
Marcus Lzuru
Nov 09, 2012 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
Jul 01, 2012 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
Brittany McCann
It was excellent to read this prequel finally. However, I don't recommend reading it until after you have read about 4 or 5 of the Regular series books because many ideas are brushed out that have thorough explanations in the main series line, such as the Temple of the Winds, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative voice for Magda. I have read that Terry Goodkind himself did the original audio release. That would be interesting to check out as well.

With that being said, I loved Magda; I loved M
Kara Prem
Jul 10, 2012 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
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Terry Goodkind was 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 had over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more t ...more

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