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Debt of Bones

(Sword of Truth 0.5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  27,088 ratings  ·  587 reviews
Terry Goodkind has always been stronger on visionary description than on explanation: Debt of Bones goes back to a time before the realms of The Sword of Truth were sundered by deadly barriers to explain much of what we have seen. At the same time, it is a moving human story rather than an appendix to larger texts; Abby, the young mother desperate to save her child, is pla ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 10th 2008 by GOLLANCZ (first published August 25th 1998)
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quickies, fantasy
*** 3.35 ***

"...“Enemies,' the wizard said, 'are the price of honor.”...

This is my first time reading any of the Sword of Truth series and I am intrigued. I already liked the First Wizard Zedd Zorander, while I am a bit annoyed by Abby. However, the Mother Confessor is fascinating, so is the world of magic and war between good and evil that is raging between the D'Harans lead by Lord Rahl and the rest of the world. It also gives us some idea about the origins and way of operation of the Mord-S
2.5 stars. Decent story set in the "Sword of Truth" universe and focusing on Wizard Zedd and the creation of the boundaries. Interesting background for fans of the series but I would not start here if you have not read the first couple books of the series.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terry Goodkind is a superb author, and in my opinion, his "Sword of Truth" series is the best I have ever read. So good, in fact, that I have read the entire series three times in a row, back to back, non-stop. This series is *not* for children. The series covers many aspects of the dark side of humanity, in great detail, as the heroes try to overcome the evils in the world. Goodkind is not afraid to show his readers just what evil *really* is, that is, most often, people who perform acts of evi ...more
Meh. It was a reread but I had forgotten most. It was kinda blah. I liked that book one leaves the boundaries a quasi-mystery. Didn't need an explanation!
But not terrible because who doesn't love Zedd?
Well, this was kind of clumsy, but I actually liked it? I'll be honest, I've had such poor experiences with the last couple of Sword of Truth books, I expected more of the same here, and went looking for it. But this ended up being pretty harmless, and by the end, it actually had me engaged. Well, as engaged in this series as I have ever been, which by the way, engagement peaked in book one. So: haven't enjoyed anything in this series this much since then.

This is a novella Goodkind wrote in bet
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Was Ok read it on the train home and didn't really add much to the series but again the shock factor of what Goodkind will do is unique.

But overall the story is pretty basic.
A short glimpse into Zedd's past - a nice add-on to the series although there isn't much new information added. However, I liked to read more about Zedd and how people view him. Being called a trickster can't be easy. There is some foreshadowing involved which makes me want to continue the series even more. 'Debt of Bones' is actually a decent story for such a short book and it fits the general tone of the series.

However, it's maybe not the ideal place to start the series although the book is l
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The prequel novella in the Sword of Truth series introduces the reader to a younger Zedd and explains how the barriers came to be raised. Goodkind manages to avoid the preachiness that fills several of the other books in the series.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
A nice addition to the Sword of Truth series that gives the reader a little window onto one of the more important events of the main series' back-story: the creation of the boundaries that divided Westland, D'Hara and the Midlands from each other. The story is short and sharp, especially when you compare it to Goodkind's other door-stopper novels, but despite that it offers a great deal. The level of detail added to Zedd's character is impressive, and we get to see in greater depth things that w ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick little reentry into the world of the Sword of Truth series, with a short story that provides background knowledge on the mechanics of the world. I haven't read the original series in some time so this short novella was a little blase for me. It was sitting on my shelf and had long been neglected so I used it for a little afternoon reading. Luckily, there's Zedd and he's a solid character who helped drive the story forward.

It's never a good idea to start with the prequel for a series but
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to find it diffucult to rate short stories and novellas because it's hard to write something intriguing in the limited amount of space. I usually feel like I rated a short story/novella too high or too low, but this one was a solid 4 star for me. I wouldn't recommend this for someone who has not read most (if not all) of the Sword of Truth series, but it was fairly entertaining if you all ready have a solid foundation for the setting. This book presented the reader with an interesting qui ...more
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I gave up on this series awhile ago because it's really not all that good. Entertaining enough to get you out of a book slump...but still...not good. Lately I've been addicted to Legend of the Seeker on Netflix, mostly because I think it's made by the same guy who did Xena. It's soooooo similar to that series so it plays on my nostalgia. Anyway, it made me wonder if I gave up on the books too soon. Not ready to commit myself to another 800 page epic I noticed there was a prequel novella. Perfect ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm stunned! I knew it was a story about Zedd,but I never expected that Terry Goodkind would offer us such insight in the defeat of Panis Rahl! The creation of the boundary, the story of what happened to Zedd's wife and how his daughter was saved,were things I was dying to explore! And I couldn't help but notice the similarities between young Zedd and Richard! You were right Abby,that little girl you saved gave birth to a son who saved not only lives, but also souls! So I owe you my eternal grat ...more
Paul Weiss
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An exciting prequel and a pleasant one hour diversion!

A most pleasant one hour diversion! In Debt of Bones, Goodkind has not only provided us with an excellent tale in its own right but has filled in some of the background to the war with the D'Harans, the Rahl dynasty, and the inside story on the history of the land outside the Midlands where no magic is allowed. It is quite astounding that Debt of Bones has all the requisites of a full length fantasy novel - good, evil, war, magic, epic battl
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that this volume was published later on in the serie but I start reading Sword of Truth by this volume. It was totally an awesome book for my test. It had fantasy, war and some thinking quotes. Zorander was my favourite character. The very well developed plot make this book a page turner and you can't wait to read more and more to see what will happen eventually.
Very shortly after I read this book I read Sabriel and the whole time I had a feeling that I had read another volume of Old kin
Kathy - Books & Munches
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Okay. This has me intrigued. Although I do wish the world-building was more pronounced, but I guess that's for the actual first instalment.

One part had my stomach churning in the worst way possible though. So that makes me.. wonder if this series will have more events like that one.. If so, it won't be for me..
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Well, I forgot that I already read this prequel as a part of the Legends anthology. Didn't like it that much and the reviews for the other Terry Goodkind's books weren't that promising, especially noting that he uses rape as a way of building a tragic background for female characters, so I won't even bother.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a cool novella. From reading this book and the first 4 novels in the series I'm convinced you could read this first if you want and then start the series as it takes place quite a bit before the first book. All in all a really cool short story that just adds to the rich story of the sword of truth series.
Decent. Was a good re-visit to Goodkind's world. Had all the usual expectations from his Sword of Truth series. Could easily be read after the 1st book, might be a bit harder as a stand-alone considering the lack of world-building (but its a novella, what do you expect? Not to mention its intended audience are those reading the Sword of Truth series, so the world-building is understandably kept minimal)
Natalia Bonegio
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great precursor to the Sword of Truth series! It explains how the boundaries were created in the first war with D'Hara. Lovely characters, new and familiar!
Kathy Davie
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A prequel in the Sword of Truth fantasy adventure series that demonstrates Zedd's inherent goodness.

My Take
This story sets up the background for the boundaries, the boundary wardens, and how they came about. Although, Goodkind doesn't spend much time explaining the actual boundaries. You'll have to read the full-length stories for that!

Goodkind also does very well in providing an easily understood example of the need to sacrifice the few for the many. Our culture generally prides itself on nev
Camille Dent
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

This is my favorite fantasy universe, and I am so excited to finally revisit at after so many years of setting the series aside! While I don't think that Goodkind is a master writer, he is one of the best story-tellers that I have encountered. I love the worlds, creatures, and cultures that he creates, and this little prequel has given me the motivation to give tackling the massive Sword of Truth series another try! Even though I do think that this little book is a bit too short, I am impres
Jennifer Oberth
I found Legend of the Seeker on Hulu Plus and gave it a try. The slightest hints of humor got me to keep watching (the old naked man with the chicken was too weird NOT to keep watching). Then I found out this TV series was based on books.

I went to the library and found Debt of Bones (Sword of Truth, #0) by Terry Goodkind, which is a prequel to the Sword of Truth series that the TV show is based on.

Unfortunately, Debt of Bones didn't impress me. It actually read a teensy bit...juvenile in one sen
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dan-s
Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight


Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Series was one of the first “long-series” that I ever read. So when looking for my next book to review, I decided to go back and re-read Debt of Bones. When I originally purchased it, I was very interested to learn what this prequel could add to what I already knew about how the story Wizards First Rule came to be. It’s a very short book compared to his others, with only 160 pages; and is further shortened by bei
I read this after I read the first few books of the series & liked it better on paper where I could skim. Goodkind is a wordy writer, especially in this short story. He pounded home points some times. Overall, it was an interesting story, though.

It's been a long time, but I thought (view spoiler) If that's the case, this sucked. I wasn'
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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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