Read "The First Confessor The Legend of Magda Searus" by Terry Goodkind available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Editorial Reviews. Review. " A strong starting volume for readers new to Goodkind's massive epic."―Library Journal. About the Author. One of the most popular. Get this from a library! The first confessor: the legend of Magda Searus. [Terry Goodkind] -- "In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and.
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He keeps talking about how strong, intelligent, and rational she is while everything she does is stupid, weak and irrational. It felt to me like the story was written by a 15 year girl who thinks she is smart and likes to hear herself talk how smart she is. But is really quite dumb and has nothing to actually say so she draws it all out to the point of redundancy. Then draws it out some more. And the only reason you're still listening is to see if she'll ever say anything at all. I want my time back.
I loved the first 12 books in the series!! An amazing book from an amazing author. The point of view is powerful being from that of an ungifted and so vunerable character, knowing already how she becomes one of the most powerful characters in the world.
It is an enthralling story which has you trying to understand things along with the character and forever making you look for the answers in small nuances of the conversations.
The combat and battles are tense and the outcome unknown in spite of you knowing the eventual ending you are made to be invested in anciliary characters some of whom die in sudden and shocking ways making you fear for others. The perfect way to connect the threads of the epic origins of the eventual finale that is the primary works. It's my first Goodkind book -- and probably my last.
Lawler hit it on the head with his review. I'm listening to it on Audible and I cannot get over how poor the writing is! So repetitive I want to scream. I'm not sure I can finish this Goodkind -- and I'm barely half-way through. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
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He worked as a carpenter and Rating 4. Free preview. Let me preface this review by saying two things: Thanks in huge part to the number of pages I just skimmed or out-and-out ignored.
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First name Country where you live Book Your rating out of 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Your review. More about Terry Goodkind Book 1 8. Book 12 7. Book 6 9. Not saying it was wrong--just didn't feel realistic. Terry, I love your work and I'll probably read the next one, but please give us something more like the first 3 books. The heroic quests, the epic love story, the interesting villain Darken Rahl , the vivid descriptions of awesome landscapes, loveable characters like Chase right name??
Give us more of that instead of page after page of pedantic dialogue describing minuscule details of additive and subtractive magic Just be prepared to do a little skimming like I did. Haven't read The Omen Machine yet; maybe that's more of what I'm looking for but based on other reviews I'm not sure if I should. View all 10 comments. 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: But that seems too weak. 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 pages, I skimme Gosh, this was awful. At pages, I skimmed at least of unnecessary repetition and redundant phrases that were repeated too many times. Conversations and thoughts were explained over and over again. Concepts I had just absorbed were re-introduced in the very next paragraph so that I wondered if I was re-reading portions.
See how that just tripled my word count? Did your eyes start to glaze over with complete boredom? It almost became comical to note how many times the same information was repeated as I was skimming for anything that held a whiff of action or plot or any character actually being interesting.
Somewhere in there, there was a story I wanted to read, and towards the end it did begin to emerge. I was interested in the making of the Sword of Truth, and the first Confessor, and in the last pages something actually happened with them. There are some other old familiars in there - references to the Boxes of Orden, the Temple of the Winds, the Sliph, and the world of the dead.
But they are only talked about, not experienced like they would have been in the original series. I had to trudge through so much extra exposition and junk dialog to get to the story, and the story was just not up to old standards. I honestly found it hard to imagine that the writing could be worse. It went way beyond the preachy exposition that he was fond of in the original series, and which I was able to ignore for the most part.
The writing was just bad. It's the worst I've read in years and I'm amazed that I finished it. Nov 15, Trying to decide whether to give a 2nd star or not. Maybe by the time I've written my review. View all 5 comments.
Jul 03, Richard Stickels 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.
As for those wh 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. As for those who have read and enjoyed the SoT series, one or more times, you will not be disappointed or left feeling too much was given away. A little twist at the end really helped to put a few things into perspective.
I can only hope that you pick this up and enjoy it as much as I did. In my opinion, this has been the best of the Sword of Truth books; even if it is only in e-book format. Using a tablet, smartphone, or computer is not the same as an e-reader.
Jul 03, Veronica rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. 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 Here's the deal, this was my least favorite Terry Goodkind novel. Watching the comments on the fan page on facebook and twitter, it is easy to see that many of us weren't happy with the options presented. I hope more authors don't go this way. It is one thing if you consistently publish your books as e-books. It is entirely different to have published all of your books in physical format then take away that option from your readers without considering the difficulties.
Many of Mr.
Goodkind's readers commented that they dislike e-readers or don't own one so they feel punished. I have a Nook Tablet, but that doesn't mean I want to download this book as an e-book. I have all of his other books in physical format and would have liked to add it to my collection.
Don't try to say that this way of publishing makes it easier for readers if you never consulted your readers, that's just ridiculous. On to the review of the book. This really was not as well written as the Sword of Truth series. I'm used to the long explanations and things having a round about way of working the way Goodkind wants them to. However, this book just didn't have "it," whatever that is.
I just didn't feel connected to it at all. Having read the series, I knew the short version of what had happened so I had an idea of the ending. I don't think that took away from the book at all, but I just didn't think it was an important story to be told. Magda Searus is an extremely strong female character. She lets no one get in her way of finding the truth. I found her to be very similar to Kahlan.
The only complaint I had for Magda was her continual reference to being a nobody and the number of times people had to reassure her that she is a somebody. After the second or third time, it got to be quite old. In all, I was happy to finish the book mostly to just be done with it. I never had the excitement while reading it that I had while reading the Sword of Truth series.
Jul 02, Paul 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. 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 I loved The Sword of Truth novels.
The reader is given insight to the origination of items integral to the original series including the Stone of Tears, Towers of Perdition, dream walkers, Lord Rahl's Devotion and, of course, confessors and The Sword of Truth. The link between confessors and the Sword of Truth becomes obvious and explains the dynamic between Richard and Kahlan.
This book neatly ties up loose threads from the original series but I'd strongly recommend you NOT read this book before completing The Sword of Truth series. The First Confessor explains why this was done but knowing this ahead of time will spoil some of the plot twists and the ending of the Sword of Truth series. I enjoyed the new characters of Magda and Merritt, the wizard that made the first confessor and the Sword of Truth. I'm not sure if it was intentional on Goodkind's part, but these characters seem slightly softer and more realistic.
I'm looking forward to hearing more about them in another 10 or so volumes in this new series! Oct 19, Kathrin rated it really liked it Shelves: More like 3. 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 More like 3. Both stayed pretty close to the TV series that I watched beforehand.
While I loved both books I had problems with the pacing. Somehow it felt like everything was happening at the same time while nothing really happened. Needless to say reading them was tedious sometimes but I like to think that the series will be better once the books overtake the TV series.
I was curious to see how 'The First Confessor' would be like. Firstly, the existence of Confessors is a favorite of mine and secondly, it's an author self-publishing release.
Not sure what happened there exactly but aspects like this always get to me. Starting the book I expected to see a difference to the rest of the series and my expectations were met - in a good and sometimes not that great way. I wasn't familiar with the origin story of Confessors which means the book was a fast read that taught me a lot about the Midlands. Magda is a great character although she was your typical damsel in distress more than once.
I also liked Merrit. Their relationship with each other didn't work for me at all. Not sure if only to blame the writing for this but when two characters meet and there's half a page of description of someone's eyes I can't really take it seriously.
They also remembered me strongly of Kahlan and Richard although this can be intentional. While I loved to get to know more about their world, I struggled with the many coincidences. Any kind of solution just happened to lie around. When there was no easy solution available another character was introduced to justify an info dump.
But if I remember correctly this is an ongoing problem with Goodkind's books. To sum it up, 'The First Confessor' certainly is a fast-paced book but characters and relationships just moved too fast in my opinion.
The characters were great but not that original if you already know other books in the series. Deus ex machina was a constant nuisance but and this is a big one the book entertained me. I loved to read it and I look forward to more books in the series.
It's a great story world with an interesting magic system that I like to visit again. View 2 comments. Jul 06, Neal Simmons rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
Fo 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. Fortunately, this novel was everything his two previous books were not. The writing style is definately more of the Sword of Truth style than the thriller style of his last two works.
The story telling is an order of magnitude better in this volume than the previous two, and this one does not have the gaps that appeared in The Omen Machine. For a fan of the Sword of Truth, this is a must read. I will not say that it is as well-written and compelling as Faith of the Fallen, but it is pretty darn close. The story, as expected, centers around the life of Magda Searus in the months leading up the the creation of the first confessor.
Magda is mentioned several times throughout the original series, but this book fleshes out both her personality and her driving force. While doing so, it also answers questions about the origin of both the Sword of Truth and the Confessor's power.
Anyone that has read the Sword of Truth editions, will see that this volume at times follows the same template. In several scenes, you could almost substitute Richard and Kahlan for Magda and Merritt. Of course, the original series was supposed to be a cycle of reoccurance, so that is to be expected.
For those expecting this to be a historical biography of Magda's entire life, it is not. The story ends shortly after her elevation as the original Mother Confessor. Fans will remember that Magda and Merritt eventually wed, but this edition does not go much beyond the early stages of their relationship. View all 3 comments. Jun 30, Jasmine M rated it it was ok. Jul 18, Dave Crokaert 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 When it became apparent this book would only be available as an e-book I was a bit upset.
But while they were all awesome, I have to be honest and admit his last books while excellent never gave me that 'must finish this in one go' feeling the first few 'sword of truth' novels gave me. It was as Terry, while still being an amazing storyteller, just lost a little bit of magic, the kind you usually only find with fresh writers still finding their way, still running on soul and spirit.
Not so with this book. I'm happy it's not that long, because I could not put it away. I finished it in one marathon session. I think Terry's obvious excitement for this new medium, this new project made him feel like the younger eager writer he once was, ready to conquer the world.
And it shows. Oh and of course, as a fan, it was a joy to delve into the life of characters and object you'd come to regard as legends. But I still want a hardcover printed version: Jul 03, Austin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wow, really good. I like the way this story progressed. From Magda being a widow stricken with sorrow, to becoming the Confessor. All the characters that were involved Magda, Isidore, Merritt, Naja, Quinn, Sadler, Lothian and others became more important to the book as it progressed.
Each character held an important place in this book. There were no problems with this story. Jul 02, Sandy Lu rated it it was amazing. July 2nd: Yaay, just dl'd the book! Yes, it's worth downloading 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 th July 2nd: 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 story throughout the previous books is part of what makes for such a riveting read.
Kudos to Goodkind for joining the Brave New World of self e-publishing! Jul 05, Rich Zowaski rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
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Jul 15, Carolyn-anne Templeton rated it it was ok. 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 thought it was a step in the right d It may be my unfamiliarity with Terry Goodkind's offerings that prompts this review. I thought it was a step in the right direction.
I detest his response to the piracy of his ebook It's one thing to ask your readers to consider the odds you're going up against. It's quite another to throw out a single individual as the representative of all piracy to your adoring fan-base.
I've heard the argument that he's just 'defending his property. Instead, he sicced his pack of hounds after a lone fox while he sat back and took righteous pride in ferreting out the 'traitor' the the ideal of his book. Oh look, you can write a facebook post that ruins someone's life for a relatively small transgression You must feel so proud.
That being said, I was drawn in to the first chapter of the book from the sample, so I bought it from site legally, mind you. The story started off well - the world and background were very interesting. I was curious to find out why the First Wizard had committed suicide. I was interested to learn how the magic then had led to the magic of his latter books. It's like a Silmarillion for a far less interesting world.
At least Tolkein's work was formatted as a historical novel. No such concessions were made for The First Confessor. It tempts you with a semblance of a plot Then it bores you with pages upon pages of exposition disguised as dialogue. For instance, when Magda went down to meet with the spiritist. Theoretically, Magda was in a hurry because, you know, bad things were happening and time is short. But rather than getting things done, she instead chooses to sit there an listen to the crazy lady ramble on forever without ever asking questions or interjections of any sort.
And then the haphazard romance with Merritt: Gag me. My synopsis: Hmm, you're hot, I'm hot and I'm now conveniently single. Oh no, I'm feeling a small itty bitty teensy bit of remorse. Oh wait, I don't actually care. Let's make babies. It annoyed me even more because it lured me in.
Don't download it! It's a trap! Jul 02, Josh rated it really liked it. Spoiler-Free Review: 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, Spoiler-Free Review: Unfortunately in doing so, he spreads us too thin.
I felt that in trying to hit all the bullet points, the story got in the way of true character development and kept me from becoming emotionally invested in the characters. I believe this origin storyline had great potential, but this one fell far short of my expectations. I still enjoyed it for what it was, but I wish it could have been more. Character 1: Asks question. Chapter ends. New chapter begins. Character 2: Answers question in 3 pages-worth of explanation. Rephrases question and asks it again, or asks if Character 2 is absolutely sure.
Answers question verbatim to the first 3 page explanation, which is also interrupted by a new chapter. This was the very spot where he had stood in the last precious moments of his life. Dec 11, Belle Ikaria rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I really loved the first 7 books Ok, on to the book review for The First Confessor. It wasn't until the very end of the book that she actually swings a sword and that's about as much action you get out I just want to start off with saying that I LOVED SoT series.
It wasn't until the very end of the book that she actually swings a sword and that's about as much action you get out of this book besides her running through a maze as a dead corpse chases her. I got so bored of her hanging out at the keep for almost the entire book I couldn't understand why Terry couldn't have part of her quest go outside the keep? Merritt's house down in the city doesn't count. I know Terry has a tendency to write a lot of dialog in which I don't mind, but give me some action to balance it out!
I didn't think he was as preachy as the Omen Machine or compared to the end of the SoT series, so I was somewhat ok with it. I don't mind his points on anti-collectivism but it can get long-winded. Another thing that bothered me is that it felt like it was written for a junior audience.
There were no surprises in the plot, the characters were REALLY flat basically a bad copy of the SoT characters and there was no struggle between the characters emotions. And, where is the sexual smut that usually ends up in his books? Terry showed the struggle between those two character very well and it made the reader want the characters to overcome their struggle. With Magda and Merritt, I was feeling very empty. I'm not even saying the characters have to get dirty, but show SOME sort of emotion between the two.
I also kept expecting Prosecutor Lothain to rape Madga or try to get frisky with her when she was alone with him, but it never happened. I kept thinking He just seemed more of a douche bag than an actual evil villian.
I think that the story would've helped with different point of views to progress the story better which it would help give opportunities for emotions all the characters and action sequences. YES, I know the story is about Magda, but if you show multiple points of view it can still progress Magda's story. I'm sad to say it but I'm tired of talking heads with flat personalities, no emotions or zero action. I will always love Terry's earlier books and will re-read them, but I just can't go on with the new books any longer.
Jul 04, Adam Bigge 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. 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 I started this book with a bit of apprehension.
I had thought of these figures as ancient and majestic ancestors that painstakingly laid down the path that the SoT characters currently following to this day. Terry managed to make them human. He made them fallible. He made them live. Jul 02, Ray Briggs 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 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.
If you are a Sword of Truth fan then this is a must read, if you are new to the series then you are a lucky one that can start from the beginning on a wonderful trip. DNF - 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.
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Jul 03, Angela rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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. Jul 09, T. Stranger 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 Where do I begin? I completely understand Goodkind's desire to publish his own book his own way; it's a smart move for such an established and well-known author.
But I think Goodkind is suffering from the George Lucas phenomenon - there is no one around who will say "no" to his ideas. Therefore, Goodkind was given a free creative license to do what he wanted and how he wanted to do it without those pesky publishers to tell him differently.
But this fact is why the book ultimately fails to impress. The plot, first and foremost, is unflattering. It is very predictable and just solidified conclusions that long-time fans of the Sword of Truth series had already strung together by reading the fist twelve or so novels. But more importantly, there are critical errors within the text that aren't easy to ignore. For example, I came across two separate instances where "time" was inconsistent. Magda, on the bridge, greeted Sadlar "good morning", but later had to hurry off before it got "too dark".
That's one long conversation. Another scene involved a lantern light being flashed in the faces of some guards, catching them unawares. However, the very next chapter, Magda and co. These inconsistencies grated at me as I was reading. The pivotal moments in the plot fall flat. Most of the time I was merely grunting because I knew what was about to happen. However, the plot did shed some light of the Sword of Truth and the first Confessor. But it all seemed a bit artificial, designed to fit around the SOT series, rather than the other way around.
The characters are unimpressive too. There is no real fluctuation of personalities this time round. I was really disappointed that I wasn't able to experience an entire new culture, since it is set over a thousand years in the past. Everything seems like it could have happened the day before Richard's story began.
Another irking feature was the frequency in which "things" were stated, over and over again. Furthermore, I felt like I was being spoon-fed concepts the entire time; like Goodkind was assuming I was stupid and couldn't make my own connections. I'm talking about lines that look like this: I found myself thinking: That's pretty obvious. I could go on and on, but I'll never be able to sum up my disappointment in one review. This book, unfortunately, may have spoiled my reading of future Goodkind novels.
Jul 08, Monica rated it it was amazing Shelves: