In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.
A Message from the Author
First and foremost, I'm a storyteller. Now, by producing what I write, I have a better, more creative and involving way to bring you books.
Stories have been with us since the dawn of mankind. Long before people invented writing, they told stories around the fire. Fantasy was born under the stars as parables of man's place in a mysterious universe. Later those stories were set down on clay tablets, and then scrolls and animal skins, and later yet, in the last, thin sliver of story-telling history, produced on the printing press. Stories in spoken form were only recently able to be recorded so people could listen to them at their convenience. Comic books and graphic novels told stories with words and drawings. When film came along, stories became movies.
The important thread through every form in which stories are told is the story itself.
I have long wanted to tell the story of Magda Searus, the First Confessor. Because this is such a special book, I wanted to bring it directly to readers myself. Now, I'm able to do that and be more directly involved in the entire process than was ever possible before.
I wanted to be involved in every creative aspect of the book, in its design, in the way it is promoted, in its presentation, in the messaging about it, and in selecting the talent for the audio edition. I wanted this story to come directly from author to reader, without the heavy filter of publishers.
By creating this audiobook myself I was able to have much more direct input with selecting the voice talent and with the time and care spent on final production.
I was willing to forgo a major publishing advance and absorb its expense, because I believe so much in the story within.... I wanted to present this story artfully, with innovation, vision, and passion that only I can bring to its production. I wanted to help breathe life into it the way I knew could be done. Most of all, I wanted to show that with, my creative input, the story you are about to listen to could be a remarkable, memorable, exciting experience the way I envision it.
Journey with me on this new path and let me tell you a story you have never before imagined and will never be able to forget.
As many of you know, when Richard was taken to the Old World he was told what to carve, how to carve it, where it would appear, and when. It was all out of his hands. What did he do? He carved his own statue, his own way, and revealed it on his terms, one man taking his work directly to the people. The First Confessor is my statue, my own creation through and through. The subtitle could very well be "It's my life. I am rising up and living it." Welcome to the New World.
We selected the best talent we could find to give Magda's story a memorable voice. I sincerely hope that you enjoy listening as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Thank you all for your trust and your support.
- Terry Goodkind
©2012 Terry Goodkind (P)2012 Terry Goodkind
This is an incredable journey with the wife of the First Wizard, Magda Searus. She is taken through some of the most entangling, and engaging story telling I have read in a very long time. I think that Terry Goodkind found his muse again. This story makes so many questions that have been lingering in my mind answered with believable ease. The other books in the Sword of Truth series touch so rarely on the first confessor, yet they rely so heavly on the charactor of the confessor and Kahlans struggle with her duty and devotion to her calling. There are parts of the other books in the series where Magda Searus and her wizard, Merrit, are seen in large frescos painted on the ceiling in the confessors palace, yet their relationship to the world of the midlands is not fully explained. Now there is no more questions about how they played their part in the melding of the new world. This book takes the reader back to the first great war of the wizards, where so many of the weapons that Richard and Kahlan have to encounter were originally created. The reasons for these weapons is explained as well as why the wizards of the keep choose to create them. There is so much that is answered in this book, and so many new insights created. I found this book extreamly entertaining and well read. I had a tough time putting it down once I got going. The charactor of Magda Searus is explained so well, with all of her nuances. If you have read in to the Sword of Truth series more than a few books you will want to know these answers. The real name of wizard "Kolo" is given and explained, as well as the Sliph, the dream walkers, The Book of Counted Shadows, and so, so much more. Read this one and see if your not re-invigorated to read more of the series again.
Let me start by saying that this is a great story, and classic Terry Goodkind. If you like his other books, this is more of his excellence. The narrator, Kellie Fitzgerald, does a good job, and is a fitting role since this is told from a female point of view. She is clear, easy to understand and relaxing to listen to. All in all, I would recommend this.
However.. it seems that every now and then there is a bad edit in the audio file. It is very strange, and it seems to be (possibly) where they may have stopped and picked up again from taking a break, they started from the same sentence where they left off and forgot to edit out the extra sentence. It is very strange and distracting. I'm about halfway through the audiobook so far, and it has already happened about 5 times. This is the only thing i can think of that would explain this, because Kellie doesn't read the sentence quite the same way both times. I thought perhaps that somehow my phone skipped back a few seconds somehow at first, but the past couple times it has happened, i have gone back, watched the playback bar, and verified that the playback is continuous, it doesn't skip backwards. Hopefully they fix this soon.
Other than the above issue, it is a good audiobook, like we have come to expect from Terry Goodkind's books. If they fix this issue, it will be great. Thanks for reading!!
I loved this story just like most of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth stories, it was a good listen while working.
I'm not sure I could recommend this book except to young adults who may not be quite so critical as me.
I might be willing to try another book narrated by Kellie Fitzgerald, hopefully a little more experience will improve her reading skills. She's not awful by any means but she does stumble a bit here and there.
yes. I've been waiting for this prequel to the Sword of Truth.
the story was as good as one might expect from Terry Goodkind but I'm not sure what happened to his editor. There was repetition from one paragraph to the next which should have been picked up during the editing process. The story was a bit predictable but did tie up a few loose ends from the series. All in all, I'm glad I got it and I did enjoy it.
A good editor who enjoys a challenge, and an audiobook engineer who likes cleaning up big messes.
Let me put it this way: 16 hours of audio and 100+ CHAPTERS!!!! There were some chapters that couldn't have been more than a few paragraphs.
I've read all his other books. If this is an example of goodkinds work, straight from the source, then my respect for his talent has been seriously damaged. The outline of the story is good, but the text is not very written. He must've had some amazing editors for his other books because I've always enjoyed his books before this.
Almost anyone. No joke, this is the most bland delivery I've ever heard in a Narrator. Coupled with the poor content and the mistakes in audio recording, this is easily the worst audiobook I've ever listen to from a delivery standpoint.
Based on the authors comments, if this is what goodkind thinks he brings to the table then he should not bypass his publishers and deliver such poor quality works.
it's a good basic storyline it just sounds like a very rough first draft read with a poor reading.
The story itself is good--i have not listened to any others of the Sword of Truth, only read them in book form, and I wish I had done that with this book.
The narrator was awful--she sounded like a GPS recording--where the voice is compiled of all the phonetic sounds without any inflection. It was distracting, and although there were many questions answered about the back story to SoT, I found my mind wandering because she was so monotone. It seemed to get better towards the end (or I got used to it), but i kept thinking how disappointed I was that Mr. Goodkind purposely selected this narrator and that the book was released with his approval.
The editing was awful as well, as other reviewers have said--I would get confused listening to the words being repeated.
Again, good book, lots of background, but awful recording. I hope they re-edit it and improve it!
First of all, I don't like to write bad reviews... in fact I never do, generally because I don't think I'm the end all of opinions about books. There are lots of books I love that have horrible reviews out there and some that I can't stand that are best sellers that my friends rave about. I figure it's just me... but this book just demanded a review. Hopefully it will help others see what they are in for before they start chapter 1. (this being said, I was always going to read this, good or bad reviews, it's part of one of my favorite series' from one of my favorite authors)
The overall plot seemed like a great idea, but the execution seemed a bit off the mark. Most of the story was dialogue. I fell asleep while listening to this book, woke up 2 chapters later and I was still hearing the same conversation (which was repeating things i'd already heard). When i replayed what I had slept through, I realized I hadn't missed anything!
I am a huge fan of the Sword of Truth series, and I've gone through the books several times. While it does get a bit redundant with history recap from previous novels, I sincerely enjoy the story and with the high expectations I had for this novel I found myself crushed.
The characters didn't seem to grow or change any, it was extremely slow, and the dialogue itself seemed halting and forced.
While I had issues with the story itself I think it would have been better if I had just simply read this novel instead of getting this audio book. As other reviewers have stated, the edit was horrible!! There were more than one place in the recording where the edit repeated a sentence or phrase with a different intonation (as if they were going to cut a better run of that line in and didn't bother double checking the edit to ensure they got the split right). It was distracting, but not as distracting as the text to speech sound of the narrator herself.
I'm not sure if the blame lies with the editor or the narrator, but it was barely a step up from listening to my kindles text to speech function. To top it off it is as though she forgot which character was speaking (while i did enjoy it when she got the accents/voices right for the characters, despite the choppy nature of the flow) and used the wrong voices at times. This makes it hard to follow who is talking in a conversation at points.
All in all, I was disappointed... I had such high hopes... I truly can't believe that Terry Goodkind listened to this as a final product and still decided it was great and ready for release!!
Doc in the Box
The entire series is based on events that took place thousands of years before and is only vaguely hinted at and over the years, I have read all of them because I can't leave a stone unturned in an epic fantasy. Some of the books were great, specially the early books but others could have been edited out in its entirety and just over-fleshed a series that was a bit bloated to begin with. Some of the speeches could have been given by an Ayn Rand character. Sorry Terry, it's true.
First Confessor on the other hand filtered many of the far flung plot points and distilled it down to a point. Not all prequels need to be written, this prequel reads like it always existed as a part of history. Things I didn't like, his enemy's do sort of come from the same mold and made me want to punch them in the face and there could have been a few more listen through's so words didn't get repeated in the editing process but overall, it tied up an bunch of why in the heck would anyone do something like questions which was satisfying to me. The reason I gave it 5 stars if because I couldn't stop listening. Good job on filling in the blanks Terry.
I have read the other reviews available, and I feel like I'm listening to a different book. It is described as fast paced, but I found it to be extremely slow, with very minimal action. Other than two or three situations, in the book, the entire story is dialogue. This is unfortunate, because the dialogue is very amateurish. The characters talk in circles, with an occasional tangent thrown in. They will start the conversation with an issue. They will settle that issue. They will drone on and on until 5 chapters later they decide to rehash the initial issue as though they had never discussed it. This is not an exaggeration. I believe the conversation between Magda and the spiritist, when combined with one of the early conversations between Magda and Merritt, takes up about half the book.
I feel bad about being so negative regarding this book, but it was painful to listen to. I have read thousands of books and listened to over a hundred, and I have never felt so compelled to write a negative review. As a matter of fact, I have never felt compelled enough to even write a negative review.
I didn't have as much problem with the narration as others apparently did. I just don't think a narrator can save a bad book. I do agree that the editing was poor and am surprised that despite all of the comments about it, nothing has been done.
Possibly, as another reviewer suggested, this is for a younger audience and I am just too jaded to enjoy it.
This book sets up the prequel series well fleshes out some unknowns of the series
some areas repeat the sentences, pronouns are confused and some names but it is obvious what is meant.
Terry returns with a great book ,,,,, great story teller,,, excellent character builder ,,, brand new people but you get to know them like old friends,,,,ties all the loose ends of the Sword of Truth series together..... Thanks Terry. Paul t.
"A must for a Goodkind fan."
The book is well written and gives fab insight into the background of the Sword of truth and confessors. The book contains spoilers for the sword of truth series and my best advice would be listen to this once you have done the other books.
Merit, great character and clearly more than what he seems.
I did not find her performance the best, she is no sam tsoutsouvas.
No just a good book following a great series of books
Worth the listen, a good length of book and well worth the listen.
Goodkind at his best! Almost love Magda now as much as Kahlan. Beware of spoilers in this book if intending to read The Sword of Truth Series
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