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The First Confessor Audiobook

The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Terry Goodkind (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Denise 03-04-16
    Denise 03-04-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The first confessor"

    The story itself begin very slowly, but the development of the characters was worth the wait.

    This story began 1,000 years before Kahlan and Richard's adventures.

    The Temple of the Winds has just been desecrated, strange things are happening within the Keep, who or what is trailing on Magda's heels as she tries to "Find Truth."

    Follow through the eyes of the Lady Magda Searus, widow of the First Wizard Baraccus, as she discovers what has happened and what she will become. What will the future hold for her people?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos D. Echevarria miami 12-11-15
    Carlos D. Echevarria miami 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm awww . exided all my expectations"

    After Chinefire kind of let me down the first confesor is briliant . brought me back to what I love about Terry Goodkind world. thank you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Taekema 12-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    great intro to the series. I can see the value to listening to this before wizards first rule.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Dorsey Schenectady County NY 11-21-15
    K. Dorsey Schenectady County NY 11-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    "A great listen."

    Perfect voice for this part of the saga. Should another be written from this point of view, please choose this lady for reading. The amount of emotion injected was perfect.

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    T. Stankard 10-29-15
    T. Stankard 10-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Audible has increased my multitasking skills, since Audible I've been able to fulfill my fantasy of reading while doing other activities.

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    "Spells it out so even a dummy would get it"
    Would you listen to The First Confessor again? Why?

    I liked it but there are some things I wish I didn't know and I won't spoil it for whoever is going to read it but i will say this...DO NOT READ THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE ORIGINAL SWORD OF TRUTH SERIES!!! For 2 reasons.... 1 it will spoil the mystery and intrigue of the 14 books that come before it and 2 it will make no sense to you whatsoever. To me this is not a stand alone book. I think I would listen at least once more in case there are things I missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Magda's rebirth as a confessor


    Which character – as performed by Christina Traister – was your favorite?

    She is one of them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanna listen to all my books in one sitting...however, who has an 8 - 36 hour block of time to do so?


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, read this one...but read it last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 10-30-15
    Stephen 10-30-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing"

    Predictable with shallow characters prone to excessive preaching. Goodkind spends too much time belabor in the same ideas and too little time developing the plot.

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    Philip E Bailey 09-17-16 Member Since 2016

    A college professor with a background in science and the military.

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    "Want more"

    I would love to read more adventures Magnda Searus.This story sets up the sword of truth series but has so much potential on its own.

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    Chris 09-14-16
    Chris 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't get far..."

    The narrator tries to hard in my humble opinion, and ends up sounding like she is reading a breathy romance movel instead of an epic fantasy prologue. I didn't make it into Chapter 14... :(

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    Lisa 08-16-16
    Lisa 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing!!!"

    Was written like the beginning of an amazing story of itself outside of the sword of truth series, leaves you wanting much, much more of the story of Magda, and Merits journey, and love story.

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    Nathanael Green Cypress, tx 07-05-16
    Nathanael Green Cypress, tx 07-05-16 Member Since 2010
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    "great story"

    This gave some great insight to the rest of the series. would have enjoyed more story line about the process for confessor creation.

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