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Death's Mistress

(Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,582 ratings  ·  440 reviews
Onetime lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, known as "Death's Mistress" and the "Slave Queen", the deadly Nicci captured Richard Rahl in order to convince him that the Imperial Order stood for the greater good. But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their closest friends--and one of their most let ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Tor Books
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Denton Walter Why not? She was a great character, like the Mord-Sith someone who once served evil but turned to good and did it superbly. Some of Terry's best chara…moreWhy not? She was a great character, like the Mord-Sith someone who once served evil but turned to good and did it superbly. Some of Terry's best characters I think were the former 'evil' ones, such as Cara, Denna, Berdine, Vika and Nicci to name but a few, who became as good as they had once been bad and supported Richard body and soul. I look forward to the adventures of Nicci, just wondering how on earth she's going to keep slightly dotty old Nathan in line! (less)
Blake As this is the first book in a new sub-series, you potentially could start reading here... however, I would not recommend it. The protagonist, Nicci, …moreAs this is the first book in a new sub-series, you potentially could start reading here... however, I would not recommend it. The protagonist, Nicci, is a prominent character in Terry Goodkind's previous books, and you will have a greater understanding and appreciation for The Sword of Truth universe if you read the other books first.(less)

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Eric Allen
Jul 09, 2016 added it
Shelves: newp

GDI Terry Goodkind... Far past time to move onto something else.

I said it in my review of Warheart. I'm done reading books that take place in the world of The Sword of Truth. Why? Because for the last decade, they've been absolutely terrible, and I'm not going to put myself through Terry Goodkind ruining more of the things I love.

Nicci is my favorite character in The Sword of Truth, thankfully she was almost completely absent from Richard and Kahlan. I am extremely wary of picking up t
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me be honest here. I've always had something of an awkward relationship with Terry Goodkind. I loved the first 3 Sword of Truth novels, and still count them among my favorite epic fantasy reads of all time. Sadly, I found the middle novels (with one notable exception) to be rather weak, increasingly repetitive, and weighed down with heavy-handed philosophy. While I did find that he redeemed himself exceptionally well with the final 2 books, I also found he got tirelessly repetitive again wit ...more
Paul Weiss
Apr 29, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, door-stopper
“Death’s Mistress? We have no need of further death.”

Seventeen novels (depending on who’s counting)! That’s what it took for Richard Rahl to subdue the evil Emperor Jagang and, presumably bring peace and stability to the world. But all is not as it seems. When Nicci, former merciless Sister of the Dark whose blood lust earned her the title DEATH’S MISTRESS, sets out with Nathan Rahl to find new challenges and to spread the good news of Richard’s peaceful world order, she finds herself charge
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, epic, fantasy
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/02/19/...

To put it bluntly, I never thought I would read anything else by Terry Goodkind again. After my disastrous first attempt to get into The Sword of Truth series, I almost turned down the opportunity to read Death’s Mistress, but now I’m very glad I didn’t. It’s been years since I last read Wizard’s First Rule, and it seemed a shame to potentially miss out on a good start to a new series especially when the author’s style or
Branden Gibson
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Good fucking god. Terry Goodkind is a monster that will not be stopped until he's destroyed everything he's ever built. I'm half convinced the man is possessed by someone who hates him and just wants to shit all over his legacy. ...more
Bill Adams
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am going to change my normal format for this review because this was hard for me. I am a major Terry Goodkind fan, have been reading every new book of his since Soul of the Fire came out in 1999. I have read the original Sword of Truth arc multiple times over the years (every new book required a new read through!). Faith of the Fallen is my second favorite book of all time, there is just so much in that book that makes it perfection to me. Nicci, Death's Mistress, is one of the most interestin ...more
Irene Quicksword
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Death's Mistress is on paper the book I have been waiting for, kick ass female lead fantasy book who is an anti-hero just sounds amazing and really there isn't enough books out there like that. When I found out that Goodkind was writing a spin off from the Sword of Truth series I pre-ordered the book right away. Now my knowledge of the series and world isn't great only having read the first book in the series last year so I had no clue who Nicci was when I first started. So would this book make ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Frankly, I did not like anything about this book. I felt like I was reading a story written by a budding fantasy author using the names of Goodkind's characters. Goodkind had a really interesting concept started with Nicci and Nathan's adventure and he could have done so much more with it, including developing the lands in which they traveled more thoroughly.

There was so much prospect lost in order to cram the book with "adventure". So many events took place - bam, bam, bam - one right after th
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Death’s Mistress is a new series set in the Sword of Truth world. I’ve seen it mentioned that you don’t need to have prior knowledge of the series to read it and I can attest to that as my own knowledge was very lacking. However, I found both the magic system, names and past events very ea
Horror Bookworm Reviews
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Terry Goodkind has begun an all new epic entitled Death's Mistress. Wizard Nathan and Sorceress Nicci are an unlikely teamed charactered driven duo that have discovered a dramatic reconfiguration of magic in the Goodkind created universe. His conjured characters who begin a quest of commonly agreed rules for each individual land, becomes a task proven to be heavy handed for all involved. Within this realm the reader will be versed in many exciting new Goodkind creations including beginning a li ...more

While this is as brutal and dark as I was hoping, it also comes with way too much rapey garbage, victim blaming, a boring plot and goes on and on about the events from the previous series, which is pretty damn annoying, considering this was supposed to stand as its own series.

First time reading a Terry Goodkind book. Last time reading a Terry Goodkind book.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2017
I am a fan of Terry Goodkind's work. I loved the Sword of Truth series and was excited to read a book that was a part of a new series but yet still in that world. I was not disappointed in the least.

This story followed around Nicci who has had a long and colorful history. Most recently she has begun a quest to take the news of Richard Rahl's new era to all the world. Along for the ride is the prophet and wizard Nathan Rahl. Nathan has just received his freedom from the imprisonment and is excit
Jonathan Wilson
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who would have thought...but I really enjoyed this book.

As a long time fan of SoT series (and very disappointed with some of the novels in between then and now), I went into this one with eyes open. And I found the combination of Nicci and Nathan (and sidekicks) to be compelling, And I was completely blown away. It's kind of like a new SoT chapter with someone we know but no trying to get back into Richard and Kahlan-land. Of course there was a little sermonising and the good and evil came thro
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read and reviewed Terry Goodkind's Nest a few months ago and wasn't all that pleased with it, but I hate to judge a writer by one book so I tried this series opener and learned that she's just not my kind of writer. Somebody reads her, since all her books list her as a New York Times Bestselling Author. They say that of John Grisham, too, and I can't get past the first page on most of his books. De gustibus non est disputandum: In matters of taste there can be no disputes. 

The book rests on a
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Terry Goodkind is just a shell of the author he was when he first began this adventure with the SOT series. Nikki is not even the character we grew to love in that series. All the dialogue is forced, unoriginal, and so cliched that it was like a play where the actors only kind of knew their lines and you were waiting on them to remember the lines. Horrible.

Goodkind had some pretty twisted ideas for the SOT series, but for this series, it is even more sordid. It was like he was trying to put an
Sep 26, 2017 added it
I’m not rating this, hardly fair as I didn’t finish it. Absolutely hated it and I very rarely say that.

Found it trite in the extreme.

I think it may have more to do with my mood to be honest. Need something with a bit of class. This had none.
I gave up after 30 pages. I thought maybe I'd care and be interested because I like Nicci and Nathan, but there's no drive in the story and no corresponding drive in me to read it. Wizard's First Rule had passion. I was excited to read the early books in the series, to see what would happen next. Now I just feel tired of it, and tired of being lectured at. I looked at the end and it's clear that this wandering story isn't for me. There's no goal, no drive, and no passion. I have too big of a to- ...more
Chris T.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
So far it's ok. I'm only on page 98 and I'm already tired of reading about "Nicci loves Richard" and "She's doing this for Richard" and then the Rape scene. Also, couldn't he find something more creative than "the sorceress has to save world"? Why not leave these page fillers out? I don't know if I will be able to make it to the end... ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, this was just terrible.

There was no structure, plot, character growth/development OR background that makes them likeable. The villian were torn from the hairline MY GOD. And the relationship..what relationships???

We start of with a wizard Nathan and a Sorceress Nicci, they go to a wizard women in the forrest who tells them to get Nathans powers back they need to go to a city, where Nicci has to save the world. Simple enough. That plot keeps going for the first 100 pages, we meet Bannon who
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2017
She has been called Sister of the Light, and even Sister of the Dark; Nicci has been the lieutenant of a tyrant and pledged to destroy a man who she then fell in love with. But that was in the past. It is a new and safer world out there, and Nicci’s new role is telling the people of how Lord Rahl’s rule will bring peace and prosperity to their world. But the first job is keeping the wizard and prophet Nathan out of trouble… Nathan wants to visit the witch called Red, whom he wishes to get to tel ...more
Garlan ✌
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my first Goodkind read, and I enjoyed it! He has a huge fan base, so I expected the writing to be good, and I wasn't disappointed. The story moves along nicely, and there's plenty of action scenes to keep you interested. Overall, I found the storyline entertaining and the characters were well rounded. I have the 2nd book in this particular series on my shelf and will probably get around to it before too long. Closer to a 3 1/2 star rating, but not quite a 4 star for me. ...more
Rebecca Morales
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Now that the war is over Nicci and Nathan have set out to spread awareness of Emperor Jagang’s death. Early on in their journey, Nathan discovers a way to regain his prophet abilities which leads them on an epic adventure where we meet new characters, find mermaids, and lost libraries.

Now I did receive this book in exchange for an honest review, so thank you so much @torbooks for providing me a finished copy.

I must confess I didn’t read the Sword of Truth series, but luckily I can assure you t
Mr Pink ink
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, physical
I have been dying to read this book ever since it was first announced and I was super stoked going into this!

In case you didn't know, my all-time favourite series is The Sword Of Truth by this author. I was going through a really bad period, when I was much younger, in my life and Wizard's First Rule literally changed my life; I have been a huge fan ever since and he was the first author to go onto my "Auto-Buy" list.

This is a spinoff series and follows Nathan and Nicci, two of my favourite char
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
i actually expected a prequel story

anyhow, nicci seems to be too powerful to be exciting;
life's mistress sounds like a bad joke and her segment seems rushed;
of course she doesn't stand a chance to the more experienced death's mistress
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you've read this book, please read my comments in the "spoiler" section. I'd love to hear your thoughts on some of them.

First, this book is probably not for first time Terry Goodkind readers. Given that there are already almost 20 books in the saga (counting some that take place before and after this point in time) written in the past 20 years, even Goodkind's attempts to recap some of the highlights of the previous books seem insufficient.

Now for the review, I had mixed feelings. Let's star
Steve Cran
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coming off the heels of the last adventure with Emperor Saluchan and putting the Omen Machine back to the under world and ending all prophecy for good, Nicci and Nathan are summoned to the layer of Red the witch woman. Braving some hazardous swamps to ge there, they find out they have another mission and that is to save the world and make Nathan whole. They are charged with finding the city of Kol Adair, which is at the other end of the DHaran Empire..
Enroute to Kol Adair, Nicci rescues a young
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-priority
The fact is that epic fantasy doesn't get more epic than Terry Goodkind...

Death's Mistress promised much and duly delivered. The most recent SoT book I read was The Omen Machine, so I wasn't very prepared for this. But luckily, Goodkind writes every book in his SoT universe like it's a standalone, and not just part of a larger series.

Death's Mistress chronicles the adventures of Death's Mistress herself, Nicci as she ventures on a journey to spread the good tidings of the new Lord Rahl to the
Aidan Chol
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Somehow the review I typed in yesterday didn't get saved so I'm adding this again.

I have read every Terry Goodkind book and without doubt this is my least favorite. The idea of taking Nicci and Nathan on their own adventures seems like a good one, but in this book most of the character that made these two entertaining in the Sword of Truth series is missing. They are shadows of their former selves.

The basic plot of this book is that Nicci and Nathan set out to explore the world and spread the wo
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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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