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There have been quite a few rumors of vicious fighting between them over his work. Not to mention the fact that he switched publishers after his contract with Tor was up, a clear indication that he was unhappy with his situation there, and has publicly whined about editorial influence like a spoiled The First Confessor The Legend of Magda Searus By Terry Goodkind A Review by Eric Allen Over the last few years Terry Goodkind has been having Not to mention the fact that he switched publishers after his contract with Tor was up, a clear indication that he was unhappy with his situation there, and has publicly whined about editorial influence like a spoiled brat once or twice as well. His last two books, The Law of Nines and The Omen Machine , were not well received by fans and critics alike, likely because they were godawful abominations that no amount of editing could have made readable, much less enjoyable. These rumored difficulties between Goodkind and his publishers seem a likely culprit to lay the blame for these horrible books on.

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There have been quite a few rumors of vicious fighting between them over his work. Not to mention the fact that he switched publishers after his contract with Tor was up, a clear indication that he was unhappy with his situation there, and has publicly whined about editorial influence like a spoiled The First Confessor The Legend of Magda Searus By Terry Goodkind A Review by Eric Allen Over the last few years Terry Goodkind has been having Not to mention the fact that he switched publishers after his contract with Tor was up, a clear indication that he was unhappy with his situation there, and has publicly whined about editorial influence like a spoiled brat once or twice as well.

His last two books, The Law of Nines and The Omen Machine , were not well received by fans and critics alike, likely because they were godawful abominations that no amount of editing could have made readable, much less enjoyable. These rumored difficulties between Goodkind and his publishers seem a likely culprit to lay the blame for these horrible books on.

Whether that is true or just internet speculation at its worst remains to be seen. His press release on the audio version is pretty telling on his feelings over publisher interference, and may lend credibility to some of the rumors. The book was first released in e-book form, and later as an audiobook produced by Terry himself after he found a reader that suited him.

Was it an improvement over his previous two books? Well, yes and no. In terms of writing The Midlands are at war with the Old World, who seek to destroy all magic and enslave everyone under their tyranny.

Additionally, there are traitors amongst those claiming to be loyal, directing the Dream Walkers to the most opportune hosts. Finding a note left for her by her dead husband, Magda sets out to find the truth of why he killed himself. This leads her to a Spiritist, who is said to be able to commune with the dead, working in the catacombs under the Keep.

Through this she is led to the Wizard Merrit, who has a passion for making things of magic, including the Sword of Truth, and the magic that creates Confessors. Though Magda has deep disgust over people being made into weapons through magical means, she finds herself trapped.

The only way that she can uncover the traitors in the Keep and save the Midlands from ruin is to allow that which she sees as abhorrent be done to her, becoming the first Confessor. The Good? The story of this book is good, and the characters are enjoyable. It builds to a satisfying conclusion, and sheds some light on the murky back story of The Sword of Truth series. I quite enjoyed seeing the creation of the Sword of Truth, and learning more about the war in the past. All in all, it was a rather fun book for someone who thoroughly enjoyed The Sword of Truth series like myself.

The Bad? Though the characters may be entertaining and likeable, they are, unfortunately, far from original. Magda is Kahlan. Merrit is Richard. The enemy emperor is Jagang. In fact, the entire story itself is lifted from the Sword of Truth. Goodkind seems to have one single story that he can tell, imparting the exact same themes over and over again.

The one time he strayed from his formula, we got The Omen Machine. The only original character is Lothaine, who makes a very good villain in how utterly evil he is. The message of the story is the exact same message that Goodkind has tried to beat into us from the very beginning. He sounds like a broken record, repeating the exact same line over, and over, and over, and over again.

The Ugly? The writing is highly repetitious, and amateurish at best. A REAL editor would take one look at this book and laugh his ass off. There are numerous things that are expressed numerous times as though it was the first time. Red banners denoting the blood shed during the war, for instance.

In one single conversation a character is compared to a vulture more than three times. In a single paragraph a map is referred to as "the map" seven freaking times. Does Goodkind just not know the meaning or uses of the word "it"? These are just a few examples, this book is RIFE with crap like this. Readers find the repetition to be highly annoying, and it makes us wonder if the writer has any skill at all.

I absolutely hate technobabble. If you want to tell me how your magic system works, by all means, do so. It utterly removes anything magical from things that are supposed to be magical. I get that you want it to be realistic, but technobabble is NOT the way to make it real. It may sound cool to you as the writer, but the reader is just going to be scratching his or her head and rolling their eyes over it.

The chapter breaks in this book are ridiculous. Single conversations are broken up into ten or fifteen chapters! It just breaks up the pacing, which is a bad thing. Adding in the padding of repetition, pages upon pages of technobabble, and needlessly breaking the book up into a ridiculous number of chapters does not make the book longer in any good way.

The Sword of Dues Ex Machina rears its ugly head once more. Where Richard inexplicably learns to fight like a master swordsman from the sword in seconds three thousand years in the future, this is an explained event.

The skills and knowledge of everyone ever to use the sword in battle is imprinted on it, and can be accessed by the wielder. Where did this master swordsman knowledge come from? This somewhat cheapens Richards struggles to translate the journal in the Sword of Truth proper. It is full of plot holes, recycled characters, plotlines and themes, and is repetitious to the point of extreme annoyance.

HOWEVER, I can forgive any amount of bad writing for a story that is enjoyable and comes to a satisfying conclusion, with characters that are likeable and entertaining. In my opinion, Goodkind really needs to swallow some of his pride and allow a REAL editor to have a crack at his work, because this book needed it in the worst way imaginable.

I understand his desires not to have publishers pushing him around and forcing him to change his stories, however, without the benefit of professional editorial services and copyediting, you get a mess. It was an enjoyable mess, but it was still a mess. On one hand, the story and characters are a VAST improvement over his previous two books, even if they are recycled from his previous works. But is asking for both too much? I enjoyed these things the first time around.

This is getting ridiculous. Look at yourself, man. Look at the huge drop in quality. Writers are supposed to get more skilled with age, not less. What happened to you? You used to be a good writer. It was not without flaws, but it was still highly enjoyable to me as a fan of The Sword of Truth series. This book is a ridiculously huge improvement over the soulless Omen Machine for the simple reason that Magda is a likeable character and Goodkind made me care about her right from the beginning.

The First Confessor had that something, whereas the other two did not. I only hope he continues on in that direction.

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The narrow slices of light revealed specks of dust floating almost motionless above the heavy wooden worktable set hard up against the stone wall. The table bore the age-softened evidence of dark stains, cuts, and scars collected over centuries of varied use. The edges of the thick top had been irregularly rounded over and worn smooth by the touch of countless hands that had over the passage of time given the wood a polished, chestnut-colored patina. Sitting at the table, facing the shuttered windows, Magda stared down into memories held in a small silver box sitting alone before her as she thought of all that was lost to her. Everything was lost to her.

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The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind 4. I vaguely remember not reading the Sword of Truth series for some reason, and as this is a prequel novel, I was unsure whether I should read it at all. However, despite these fears, the blurb drew me in and I ploughed through it in a relatively short amount of time. Thanks in huge part to the number of pages I just skimmed or out-and-out ignored. It was a huge mystery — a mystery many fans wanted answered. But to answer it would have been to give away the mystery, to reveal a bit too much. And the character immediately lost some of his mystique.

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