The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind

I was given a copy of this book by the independent publisher, Head of Zeus, in return for an honest review.

Terry Goodkind has taken a huge step. He is the first well-known fantasy author to take his books out of the hands of the big publishers and agents and decided to publish the book independently. As he states in his Manifesto, which is at the back of the version of the book I was sent, this is a big risk. I admire him greatly for having the guts to take this step.

Before this book, I had never read anything by Terry Goodkind. I had heard good things about his series The Sword Of Truth, for which The First Confessor is a prequel. When I saw that this book was available to review from, I jumped at the chance and requested it. Quite surprisingly, Head of Zeus agreed and I had my first opportunity to delve into this world. What I found there was truly remarkable.

Magda Searus is a most unfortunate woman. Her husband has committed suicide and strange things start to happen around her. Only a mysterious note from her dead husband gives her any hope for the future. She has to find truth, but what that truth is, she has no idea. Racing from danger to danger, from lies and deceit all around her, Magda constantly puts her life on the line to help those around her.

The background cast for this novel are very varied - from scheming men to servant women, from those who create new magic to those who communicate with the dead. Some of the characters I immediately liked, others I loathed with a passion from the first time I met them. Each person has been carefully crafted into the person Terry Goodkind wants us to believe them to be.

If I have one criticism of this book is that sometimes it can be a little predictable, but on the whole I loved it. For a newbie to this series it isn't a bad starting point and has left me wanting to explore what happens in the rest of this series.

Star rating: 5 from 5 - a magical introduction to this epic fantasy world!


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