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The First Confessor [NOOK Book]

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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.
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The First Confessor

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Jon Rountree
Terry Goodkind has done something exceptional with this release; he's broken away from the confines of traditional publishing, declined a probably handsome payday, and decided to go it alone and release 'The First Confessor' for himself and his readers. It's an incredible step for a multi-time #1 NYT bestseller and unexpected to say the least. While that story is incredible in and of itself, the book is even better. Top-notch work from a master of fantasy.
Douglas D
The book, as you might assume from the title, is a prequel to the books in the Sword of Truth series. It was exciting to see how things started and to see the character of Magda Searus take this journey. And parts of this journey are terrifying, even though if you have already read the Sword of Truth series you have a good idea what will happen. I really enjoyed the book and had no problem with reading it only in e-book format. I enjoy the story and it was great not having to wait for a publishe
Lisa McGeen
This was an excellent read. I've read each book by Goodkind in one sitting, and this was no exception. This book explains many of the secrets behind the Sword of Truth series and gives the characters mentioned in the series their own stories. Even though this wasn't about the main characters, Richard and Kahlan, I was just as interested in the characters and eager to know more about them. The only two problems I had with this book were that now I feel the need to go back and read the whole serie
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014682091
  • Publisher: FINE Group
  • Publication date: 7/2/2012
  • Series: The Legend of Magda Searus , #0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 15,104
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker and violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says. While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife, Jeri, have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Wonderful in all aspects

    I will admit I am a Goodkind fan right off the bat. However, I can be objective enough to say that some of his books were better than others. With that said: The First Confessor gives us fresh characters and a fascinating story blended wonderfully with the writing style Terry Goodkind readers fell in love with. I admit I have not read a lot of books with a heroine as the main character simply because I rarely identify with them. However, Magda Searus is easy to love; intelligent and resourceful as well as imperfect and teachable. Magda has been given a wonderful supporting cast who I quickly became involved with and cared about. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy stories grounded in believable people or for those whose appetite for a great story is not easily sated.

    53 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Read the manifesto

    1153 pages and 103 chapters quite a bargin & a musr for goodkind entusists.

    29 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Goodkind does it again!

    This book was everything I expected and more. As a prequel (of sorts) to the Sword of Truth series, this gives much insight into characters and ideas that were only brief glimpses in a readers mind through the story of Richard and Kahlan. It took me a couple of days to read the entire book, but I will say that as will all of Terry's books, I had to fight myself to find a stopping point and put it down.

    Recommended to all, even if you have never read anything by Terry Goodkind previously!!!!!

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Best book I have ever read.

    I'm an avid reader, and I don't stick to one genre or one author either, although Terry Goodkind has and always will be my favorite. If you're looking for an epic story of people rising to the challenges life hands them and having the courage to come out fighting in the end, you have it here. Beautifully written, keeps you turning pages from the moment you open it. I know there has been a lot of people upset with the formatting, but I truly believe a book should be judged by what's between the covers, not how it's presented.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Great book with a few issues

    The book was awesome. Couldn't put it down. There were a few problems though.

    1. Things were explained over and over again. I can deal with one or two times but at times I was very frustrated because I'd heard it so many times prior.

    2. Too much useless information. I'm all for huge books but this seemed huge for no real reason. A lot of fat could have been trimmed from this book.

    3. One of the cool things about prequels is seeing how well the author knew his story before writing it. I did not get that feeling from this book. I felt like he was just trying to explain things after the fact.

    In spite of those things, the book was awesome. Totally changed my views of Magda and Merritt. Terry really went out on a limb with this book and self publishing but he came out on top and did something few could even think about attemping. He delivered an amazing book without the overbearing publishers.

    One thing to knew readers. This is not recommended as a first book. There are some pretty big spoilers for the sword of truth series that could really hurt your first read through.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Highly Impressed

    Terry Goodkind has done it yet again. He has gone back in time in the world of the Sword of Truth and the Confessors and has given more information on the events that led up to the creation. He has once again shown how versatile of an author that he is. I applaud the effort and time that he put into self publishing a book and not sticking with the mainstream norm of letting a publishing house do it and taking some of the credit of the original ideas.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    This story is significant when you consider the courage it takes

    This story is significant when you consider the courage it takes to forge new paths to success. Terry has opened a brand new doorway into the world we all love and - as if that wasn't good enough - he's also provided this content through a medium that will make his storytelling easier to create and distribute....this is the reason I will buy and read anything he writes......and by the way, this book kicks ass.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    I must admit, that Terry Goodkind has done something that I have

    I must admit, that Terry Goodkind has done something that I have rarely seen done right, that being the release of a relevant, well-written self-published story. Taking into consideration how dangerous the success of this project is in the eyes of the publishers, the main question would become "Is it any good?"

    First Confessor is a prequel story taking place long before the events of the Sword of Truth series. It involves the events surrounding the death of the First Wizard Barracus and his wife Magda Searus. Often these prequel stories fall flat due to the fact that we often know how they end, or at the very least we know the end results of what they are supposed to accomplish.

    I felt like Goodkind managed to take the time to tell a story that fills in the gaps that are especially relevant to the Sword of Truth series. He uses it as an opportunity to explain the creation of some of some of his major magical devices and people, elements that prior to this story were only hinted at. These were welcome additions that felt as though time and care had been taken to explain these concepts, making them feel more like they were introduced in the earlier books as fully developed as the explanations he offers for them here. By which I mean it feels like he always knew how things came to be and merely took the time to tell us now, versus shoe-horning some lame explanation to tell a story.

    One thing worth mentioning is that while this story is a prequel story, it is written for avid readers of Goodkind's work. It is written in a way in which he doesn't spend much time explaining his high level concepts regarding magic and spell-forms. There is a certain amount of expectation that the reader is always familiar with these things. As a long time reader I was happy to not be spoon-fed previously delivered explanations of how magic works in this world.

    This story also contains a certain amount of the now-standard Goodkind dialogue and explanation of concepts and motivations. While the magic concepts are kept tame, Goodkind cannot seem to help the way his characters like to educate and pontificate about various concepts. These concepts are quite familiar to Goodkind readers, dealing with 'life" and "prophecy". Doubtless if you are reading this story you are aware of this already and expect it.

    Overall I enjoyed the story and found it to be a rather fast-paced tale featuring some action and not a small amount of intrigue and political maneuvering. I walked away honestly wanting to know more about what would happen next and can only hope he decides to take time down the road to continue the adventures of Magda Searus and Wizard Merrit.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Extremely Disappointed!

    I have been a huge fan of the Sword of Truth series for many years, this book, although written in the same setting as that series, and dealing with similar subject matter, bears no resemblance to that series. The writing seems almost childish, poor grammar and incomplete sentences pop up throughout the book. The dialogue is horrid, the characters speak round and round the same subject without ever saying anything. Perhaps worst of all is the low moral character of the characters. After reading a whole series devoted to the relationship between the two main characters, to read this tawdry affair seems cheap and leaves me, the reader, extremely unsatisfied. The voice of the writer is even different from the SoT series. This book really seems to #1, have not been even written by the same person as wrote the SoT series, and #2 seems to have totally skipped any good editor along the way. Do some serious editing, get rid of about 500 pages of worthless dialogue, and this book might be worth reading. As it stands now, I would honestly rather have not purchased it.

    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Great promise... Hoped for more.

    I belive that Terry Goodkind can takebthese characters leagues forward. I am very interested to see how they grow. I will continue to buy and read anything Mr. Goodkind releases.

    The last three books that he has written have somewhatblet me down. Law of Nines was an ill attempt at removing himself from the fantasy genre. The Omen Machine just didn't get me excited like SoT did. And now there is this.

    When SoT was wrapping up, my dream was that Mr. Goodkind would tell the story of conflict that the people of the past went through. Where wizards and magic were much more abundant and powerful. I am very greatful that it is happening now. I hope to watch these characters and past world grow into another epic.

    It must be very hard for an established author to pursue self publishing a book. I admire Mr. Goodkind for trying/doing it. I do have some feedback though. The book has a lot of repetition that is absolutely uneccessary. It makes it feel stretched out for no reason. Secondly, the formatting is awful. I read on a Nook Tablet, the book loads (with publisher defauts) as 1150 pages or so. But everytime I flip a page it counts as two or three. As an example: pg 267, single page turn, now on pg 269. So effectivley, the book is half as long as advertised. With a lot of repetition/filler, it makes for very little actual story progression.

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the book and would recomend it to any Goodkind fan.

    Mr. Goodkind - I ask that you remember, although the story and raw emotion of your world is a product of your gift as a Storyteller, a really good book is a product of a team of people. Each particularly advanced in some specialized nuance of publishing. An editor that takes a different perspective. A marketer that understands your target audience. A manager, of some sort, that doesnt even care about your books but knows what works/sells in the industry. All these things come together in some way that drives you (however tough the road may be) to deliver an idea that has been honed and focused into a beautiful and memorable work of art. Your last few books just havent delivered the passion I've seen from you. I feel you have become to wrapped up in the business that you have lost focus on the art. Tor, Penguin, Tor, Self-published... Where are you going next? Is it all distracting you from delivering what you are fully capable of delivering?

    I really don't have much of a right to critique you in this manner, I have no clue what one really goes through as a successful author. This is just my little ol' perspective.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    I have been an avid Terry Goodkind fan for many years, some of h

    I have been an avid Terry Goodkind fan for many years, some of his books I liked more than others. I have to say though, that this one did not disappoint! Wether you have read his other books or are just starting, you can enjoy this one! You do not really need to know the story of Richard and Kahlan in order to enjoy this one!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Liketoread

    I was always curious of how everything started and im very satisfied with this new book. It answered all my questions that i asked myself when i read the books , he made all connections with this book and explained how everything started! Loved it and recommend.......

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    What a story! (no spoilers)

    I never read fantasy until a friend back in April 2007 suggested that I read Wizards First Rule. I got hooked, reading every book of the Sword of Truth series all the way up through Confessor, finishing the previous book the day before Confessor came out. I then read The Law of Nines, which was O.K., but not as good as the SOT series. I then read Omen Machine and felt that the characters actions and emotions were watered down and wimpy compared to the SOT series, and the Omen Machine story line starts very shortly after Confessor ends....so, when The First Confessor came out, I was a little apprehensive about buying it. However, at $8.99 and 1100+ pages I decided to take the risk. I truly love this story and how it explains so much about the origins of how events and details came to be in the SOT series. I also like the strong connection to book #4, Temple of the Winds, and now want to go and reread that. Not only would I say that Magda Searus' character is as strong as any of the main characters in the SOT series, I would say that she is my favourite. I truly cannot wait for the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Loved it!

    This book fits in well with the other Sword of Truth books. Goodkind is a great author and I have read all the books of this series. I hope the next book is about the history of the Seeker.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    The First Confessor

    This is a masterpiece! Once again Terry Goodkind has me reading with a passion for seeing and living his story in my mind. The way a book should be read. If I could have read this book in 3 days I would have, but I took it slow and savored every minute of his heart felt story. The First Confessor is a jewel and to be treasured for many years to come. THANK YOU TERRY GOODKIND!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Great Book.

    Great book. Personally, I don't think it's as epic as the Sword of Truth series but if you've read the Sword of Truth series, than you will enjoy how this book ties many aspects of the Sword of Truth series together.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome book, it explains things that our favorite characters ar

    Awesome book, it explains things that our favorite characters are facing and how things came to about. The suspense and thrills are present and makes it difficult to put the book down. I read the book in two days.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Awesome read

    My favorite author continues his brilliance

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Love it

    That was a really awesome book! I always love how the characters come to life before our eyes.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Love, love, Love!

    I loved this book! I immediately fell in love with Magda. Terry Goodkind is an amazing writer and uses vivid details that help you envision the scenes. For me, this book was not long enough and I was left craving more. Even if you haven't read the "Sword
    of Truth" series it's okay, I actually think i would be better to read this first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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