The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus Review

The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus Review

So, everyone here knows that I am a huge fan of the Sword of Truth series from Terry Goodkind.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out about this prequel – and just part one of a trilogy!

If anyone recalls, there is a ongoing battle to determine the winner between Rand al’Thor Vs Richard Rahl match. This book swings the favor towards Rahl now that more magical properties are revealed. The creation of the Sword of Truth gets explained. The reason for Confessors gets explained in great detail, and the Boxes of Orden are ancient even to these times, yet just as dangerous.

To the story. It’s a great tale that follows Magda Searus as she discovers the reasons for trouble in the Wizard’s Keep. There are some very clear and defined ways to describe the powers that a war wizard has. The only spoiler I will reveal is that a character in this story is known as a “maker”. They are people who create new magical weapons and spells the previously were never thought of – that of which Richard Rahl also has.

It also does a great job of explaining some other magical devices and items that appear in the books. It’s a great prequel that makes you want to go back and start the original series again to see how they were dealt with in the distant path.

One interesting note about this book: You can’t get it in a hardcover edition (Ok, technically, there were 300 limited edition copies printed, but they are all sold out). So, if you want to read this, you need a Kindle or Nook to read it. Since it wasn’t published traditionally, Mr. Goodkind was free to inject more of his style of writing that only added more layers of creativity.

Yes, I am biased, so keep that in mind as I award this book – 10/10


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5 Comments on "The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus Review"

  1. Alpha or Omega October 23, 2012 at 12:20 am -      #1

    So a book further explaining the lore. Interesting.

  2. Blood Dancer October 23, 2012 at 4:29 am -      #2

    “was free to inject more of his style of writing”

    So it’s far worse than it used to be? Mein Gott…

    I am sorry and I know you like the series but it’s boring as hell. Too many flat characters populate it, starting with Richard.

  3. Blood Dancer October 23, 2012 at 4:32 am -      #3

    and I won’t get into his Randian “philosophy” – aka stupidity of the highest degree – just so I don’t throw up my breakfast.

    Other than that, I am happy that you enjoyed the book seeing as how you are a big fan of the series. So it’s not all bad.

  4. Mike October 23, 2012 at 6:21 am -      #4

    I bought it but i haven’t had the time to read it yet, but am looking forward to it from what you say admin. Richard has shown on multiple occasions to create magic that hasn’t existed before so it’d be nice to see that explained a little more in detail and maybe even end up not a NLF.


    Hopefully soon here there will also be word of the Omen Machine sequel which Terry himself said would be out before 2013. I’m guessing TOR books didn’t want it’s release to be publicized until after The First Confessor had been out for a while so as to not take away “spotlight” from Terry’s new private publishing career.

  5. ptaine October 28, 2012 at 12:01 am -      #5

    ”“was free to inject more of his style of writing” So it’s far worse than it used to be?”
    .
    I actually thought this was one of Goodkind’s best books recently. After Omen Machine I was really starting to become ambivalent towards them, but this book reminded me of why SoT became one of my favorite series. I imagine most of the things you dislike about Goodkind’s writing are still there Blood Dancer, but it seemed to me like the book flowed better because of the lack of publishing interference.
    .
    ”There are some very clear and defined ways to describe the powers that a war wizard has.”
    .
    I had always thought that Richard, and then Baraccus, were the only War Wizards we had met during the series. Then a certain theory was proposed on the WoT vs SoT thread and I read several blogs which went with the idea that pretty much anyone from the past was a War Wizard. I didn’t really agree with that despite the fact I can see where the idea came from, but after reading this story I’m further convinced that Merrit, Lothain, and Alric weren’t War Wizards. It wasn’t anything definitive really. Just the way Baraccus was referred to along with everyone else.
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    ”This book swings the favor towards Rahl now that more magical properties are revealed.”
    .
    I can’t say that I agree with this because the properties that were revealed don’t negate the arguments put forth for Rand, nor do they further any arguments put forth for Richard.

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