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Death's Mistress

Narrated by: Christina Traister
Series: The Nicci Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Onetime lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, known as 'Death's Mistress' and the 'Slave Queen', the deadly Nicci captured Richard Rahl in order to convince him that the Imperial Order stood for the greater good. But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their most lethal defenders.

Now Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures. Her first job being to keep the unworldly prophet Nathan out of trouble....

©2017 Terry Goodkind (P)2017 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring." ( Kirkus Reviews on Wizard's First Rule)
"Everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy." ( Publisher's Weekly on Warheart.)

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awesome!! Typically Terry Goodkind.

Once you start you cant stop. excellent story line. Nicci will always be Nicci. Loved it.

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Has potential

I enjoyed this story, although I feel it was a bit more predictable than some of Goodkind's earlier works in the series. That said, it has started a new saga and hopefully it continues in a good light.

As for the performance, it was read well, although there were occasions where it seemed like they were reading it for the first time and so emphasis was placed on the wrong words. The pronunciation of the name Jagang was continually pronounced Ja-gong and it may have been driving me slightly nuts by the end. It would have been nice for that to be consistent with the pronunciation in previous titles.

Despite these niggles, it was an enjoyable story and I will be getting the next title once it's available on Audible.

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  • AlexB
  • 06-20-17

Replace narrator

What would have made Death's Mistress better?

A Narrator that knew at least some of the context, previously used pronunciations and was able to read the words correctly and not the words they thought they saw.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?

I'll give anyone else a try

Any additional comments?

For the first time in a long time I'm going to have to read a book as the early narration destroyed this for me

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-15-18

good read

very good story continued nicely from the last ones Terry goodkind knows how to tell a story just a shame about the narrator and the miss pronounced names and words

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  • Vlad Jiman
  • 07-19-17

Packs in a lot of action

What did you like best about Death's Mistress? What did you like least?

There is a lot of action, but not much new information on Nicci or Nathan's background.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christina Traister’s performances?

No, the voices were flat.

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  • Dobs Totev
  • 03-06-18

The most annoying narrator ever in the whole series!

First of all all books so far by told by a male narrator and now this one is narrated by a female who has no clue how to pronounce names like Jagang, Sulachan and mane others. At least she didn’t called Kahlan, KALÁN like once someone read her name in the previous series. I wonder why narrators do not do research of what has been done previously, those could have been easily avoidable mistakes.

Regarding the story I will give an update once I finish the book if that is this narrator lady does not drive me crazy.

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  • Lee G.
  • 11-23-18

Good story but a tad predictable.

I will start by saying that I loved the Sword of Truth series but I didn't really get on with this one. Although the story in itself is good and it's good spending time with some other characters I found it all too predictable, certain parts felt rushed and it came across as quite self righteous.

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  • Ms. Kimberly Ewens
  • 06-12-18

Loved it!

I love anything from this series. It's nice to branch out and see more in depth character development from other important characters while waiting for the next instalment from Richard and Khalan x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-18

excellent book

Terry Goodkind is a master. another fantastic book. I really enjoyed listening to Nici' s and Nathan's story.

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  • Mr. J. R. Daniel
  • 04-18-17

One of Terry's better books

Having ready the entire SoT series and the follow-ups, Terry is back on form with this book. My curiosity is piqued for more of this series.

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  • wrinklie
  • 11-12-19

I wish I could have been kinder

I have enjoyed all previous Terry Goodkind books. Unfortunately I have struggled with this edition mainly because of the narration. Consequently I have stopped using my audible book and reverted to reading from my library book version.

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  • gareth ashley
  • 09-27-19

Why?

As a life long fan of Terry Goodkind I can honestly say this is one of his best reads. I normally love reading and then listening to all books which brings differing images to each book. Why would a woman narrator try something as epic as this book I don’t know. Please stick to your 50 shades of grey or Bridget Jones novels and leave sci-fi fantasy to the professionals. It felt like I was being nagged at by my mum for 18 hours straight.