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The First Confessor (The Legend of Magda Searus Book 1)

The First Confessor (The Legend of Magda Searus Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Goodkind
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GT83FG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, 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. In 1983 Goodkind moved to the forested mountains he loves. There, in the woods near the ocean, he built the house where he and his wife, Jeri, live, and came at last to tell his own stories.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 12 July 2012
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First of all, I must declare a bias towards the work of Terry Goodkind as I have bought and read (countless times) everything he has ever written. Having said that, this story is one of his best and he has the ability to grip your imagination and emotions in a way that few writers can. As a long-time devoted reader of The Sword of Truth novels I was overjoyed to have a new episode of the story to read. I feel that I must disagree with an earlier review which states that a reader new to the series should start with this one. In my opinion this story reveals too many details about certain aspects of the later books in the series, such as in Phantom and Confessor. I believe this fore-knowledge of certain pieces of history would spoil the impact and enjoyment for the reader ( without spoilers, think about the Book of Counted Shadows.)

If you love Richard and Kahlan and their world then buy this book and learn some of the history to their world. If you are new to Richard and Kahlan, then I advise you to buy this book, but save it until you have read the other fantastic books in the series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 9 July 2012
By Furmo
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story that will capture you from the first word to the last. Whether you have read the series, or are new to it, you will be completely absorbed. I have a tendency to give too much away so all I will say is that it is a MUST READ!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A singularly bold move for a brave story 4 July 2012
By southcoastreviewer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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And one that has paid off.

May I point out at the start of this review, that if you haven't read any of the Sword of Truth novels, then you must start here. This is a prequel to the Richard and Kahlan novels, and Goodkind himself has advised that if you are new to the series, then you should read "The First Confessor" well, first.

This aside, it is almost a given that the majority of the first readers of this eBook offering will be Goodkind's loyal legions of fan, who have stuck through him through long (and painful) soliloquies and upsettingly short (Omen Machine-type) follow-ons.

The First Confessor is back to the epic novel length Terry got us all used to during the SoT series. I don't want to ham the review full of spoilers for those new to the series, but as a SoT fan the book became formulaic in its steps; you knew who the first Confessor would be, who her allies were, what the weapons available to them would be, simply because they had all featured in the main series.

Still, this is a fabulous book.

Very touching at parts (when the First Confessor is created I thought my heart would stop) there is a lot to inject faith back in the series from the standpoint of the long-loyal fans.

Never mind the fact that Mr Goodkind has taken the brave step of self-publishing this. It almost backfired, in a way - I found it difficult to get a lot of news on this, and ended up trawling a lot of American reading forums before stumbling on Goodreads like a fool stumbling lost out of a forest right by a path.

Anyway, I ramble. In this book, Goodkind doesn't. It's a searing (hah, see what I did there) novel full of love, rage, and despite knowing a lot of what is going to happen (in general), surprises.

It's a shame I can't hold this in my hands to read over and over again, but I will be trying my hardest to track down and own one of the limited edition print copies. It's *that* good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terry's world, without Terry's presence 27 Nov 2012
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3.5 stars.

For those who were put out by the later SOT books, as I was:

1. There is only one uninterrupted speech in this book, and it isn't philosophical.
2. He repeats himself a little bit, but not as much as in some books (but more than in his best and earliest ones).
3. He doesn't recap (but then, there's nothing to recap).

This book feels like another chance to visit Terry's world, and this time without having to feel Terry's actual presence by (ab)using his characters as mouthpieces. Insofar as that's true, I was elated.

I remember though, with Stone of Tears, with Wizard's First Rule, with Faith of the Fallen... when he told a good yarn, he told a damn good yarn. He was a master storyteller.

Maybe i'm coloured by nostalgia (i've not cracked open a Sword of Truth book in about 8 years and may receive them differently), but this doesn't feel like a similarly masterfully written piece of storytelling. I feel like the author has lost his spark... or at least that he doesn't know what makes him good and what doesn't, and so can't always deliver.

The story did grip me... but not because of amazing storytelling, which was merely adequate. The 'hook' for me was getting to learn something about a time that had previously been mentioned only in snips in the Sword of Truth series. It was like leaning in on an interesting piece of gossip.

Since this hook would not be there for newcoming readers, and since the plot is not the most interesting or unusual, that only leaves the characters.

I myself am not a storyteller, and am not going to attempt to explain the characters. I can only say that it was like spending time with his old Sword of Truth characters (before they became a little obnoxious).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the story, but let down by poor writing 18 Sep 2012
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I'm a massive fan of the Sword of Truth: it's one of my favourite fantasy series, and I've probably read the entire series from start to finish 4 or 5 times.

But with this one, Goodkind has let himself down with the writing: it feels as if he just hasn't bothered having a proof reader go through it at all. It's clumsy and almost childlike in places. Coupled with the fact that the foreword talks of him self-publishing this one to retain control over the series, I wonder if he's shot himself in the foot a bit by stepping away from the power of the publisher to tidy up some of the messy writing.

I wanted to love this, but really didn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great book
Published 1 day ago by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars I like terry style in his insight of the characters o ...
can' t find this book in hard back how can i obtain one .not the kindle .I like terry style in his insight of the characters o f the people in most of his books and the description... Read more
Published 8 days ago by djo
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Wow really wish I had the chance to read this before all the other books! Want to read them again now!
Published 15 days ago by Mr. J. Grobler
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story looking back in time filling in the gaps in previous...
I enjoyed this book finding it hard to put down. The story inter links with Richards path in the future and explains how the confessors came about. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mountain view
3.0 out of 5 stars editor required
Main issue appears to be repetition and reinforcement. Employing A good editor would have made this story a great book.
Published 26 days ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read book
A truly enthralling read piercing all the Sword of Truth books together answering questions about the origin of both the confessor and the sword. A must read
Published 29 days ago by Gazza H
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Awesome read, could not stop reading till end. It's great to see how goodkind links all other books with this one,
Published 1 month ago by Naran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A top read as always from Terry Goodkind
Published 1 month ago by Kim Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent book from a great fantasy writer
Published 1 month ago by IanH
4.0 out of 5 stars a must read as a companion to the sword of truth series.
Although the characters are very familiar this is still a good read. It will fill in some of the mysteries regarding the sword of truth series.
Published 2 months ago by AC
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