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