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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind comes The First Confessor, the prequel to the Sword of Truth series.

In a time before legends had yet been born....

Married to the powerful leader of her people, safe among those gifted with great ability, Magda Searus is protected from a distant world descending into war. But when her husband, a man who loved life and loved her, unexpectedly commits suicide, she suddenly finds herself alone. Because she is ungifted herself, without her husband she no longer has standing among her people, and she finds herself isolated in a society that seems to be crumbling around her.

Despite her grief, she is driven to find the reasons behind why her husband would do such a thing - why he would abandon her and her people at such a profoundly dangerous time. Though she is not gifted, she begins to discover that there may be more to her husband's suicide than anyone knew. What she finds next, no one is willing to believe.

Without anyone to help her, she knows that she must embark on a mission to find a mysterious spiritist, if she even exists, so that she may speak with the dead. This quest may also be her last chance to unravel what is really behind the mysterious events befalling her people. What she discovers along the way is that the war is going far worse than she had known, and that the consequences of defeat will be more terrifying for her and her people than she could have imagined.

As mortal peril begins to close in around her, Magda learns that she is somehow the key to her people's salvation.

Journey with Magda Searus into her dark world, and learn how true legends are born.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Christina Traister
hr min
July 21
Brilliance Audio

Customer Reviews

NewGrr ,

Liked the book, not the reader.

I enjoyed the book, however, the reader didn't please me as much. Aside from pauses in odd places (other than track changes) and how it seemed rushed in places, there seem to be a fairly snotty attitude that I kept catching off and on that didn't belong at certain times. Not to sound nasty, but she also made some of the characters sound like surfers. I think that I would have enjoyed it a little more with a different reader.

MrPiGuy ,

Goodkind thinks you're an idiot

Imagine an undead creature cornering yourself and a blind woman and you two are moments from being torn apart. "You go," she said. "No you have more to live for," the other she said. "No, it is in the going that requires staying for together we should go as one," she said. "It is in this moment that I know that it is your life, your life that is the most important life there is. I will stay and be torn apart while you continue with living the life you were meant to live," said the other she.

Hardly a direct passage from the book but if you do listen to this book, you will know exactly what I am talking about within the first hour. Soldiers are in the path. These soldiers look like real soldiers. It is in the looking at these soldiers that she knew they were real. No shine on these soldiers, just pure grit which made her know that they were in fact real soldiers.

Time and time again Goodkind makes sure to point out that you are so stupid that he has to explain to you at least four times exactly what he means. Has he always done this? No. It started somewhere around The Pillars of Creation and just got worse over the past dozen years.

Is this story good? Essentially, yes. Is it amazingly annoying to listen to? YES!!!

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