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Terry Goodkind (1948–2020)

Author of Wizard's First Rule

120+ Works 74,465 Members 847 Reviews 220 Favorited

About the Author

Writer Terry Goodkind was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1949. As a child, he had trouble reading and writing because he suffered from a form of dyslexia. It wasn't until high school that a composition teacher recognized his writing talent. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a carpenter, show more violin-maker, hypnotherapist, wildlife artist and restorer of rare artifacts. Goodkind's first novel, "Wizards First Rule" (1994), took a year for him to write and had a record-breaking debut. It became an international bestseller and won the praise of many writers in the fantasy genre. The sequels "Stone of Tears" (1995) and "Blood of the Fold" (1996) experienced equal success. His fourth book, "Temple of the Winds" was published in 1997. His other books include The Pillars of Creation, Naked Empire, Confessor, The Omen Machine, Severed Souls, and Shroud of Eternity. His series included Sword of Truth; Richard and Kahlan; Jack Raines; Nicci Chronicles; and Children of D'Hara. Terry Goodkind, author of over 35 books, novellas, and short stories, died on September 17, 2020. He was 72. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Terry Goodkind

Wizard's First Rule (1994) 10,803 copies
Stone of Tears (1995) 7,280 copies
Blood of the Fold (1996) 6,572 copies
Temple of the Winds (1997) 6,086 copies
Soul of the Fire (1999) 5,567 copies
Faith of the Fallen (2000) 5,250 copies
The Pillars of Creation (2001) 4,919 copies
Naked Empire (2003) 4,499 copies
Chainfire (2005) 4,098 copies
Phantom (2006) 3,948 copies
Confessor (2007) 3,471 copies
Debt of Bones (1998) 2,564 copies
The Omen Machine (2011) 1,314 copies
The Law of Nines (2009) 1,248 copies
The Third Kingdom (2013) 753 copies
The First Confessor (2012) 614 copies
Severed Souls (2014) 586 copies
Warheart (2015) 478 copies
Death's Mistress (2017) 410 copies
Shroud of Eternity (2018) 260 copies
Nest (2016) 208 copies
Siege of Stone (2018) 202 copies
Heart of Black Ice (2020) 149 copies
Wizard's First Rule, Part 1 (1995) 130 copies
The Scribbly Man (2019) 117 copies
The Girl in the Moon (2018) 112 copies
Hateful Things (2019) 85 copies
Wasteland (2019) 82 copies
The Children of D'Hara (2020) 82 copies
Wizard's First Rule, Part 2 (1995) 78 copies
Witch's Oath (2020) 73 copies
Into Darkness (2020) 69 copies
Blood of the Fold, Part 2 (1901) 52 copies
Blood of the Fold, Part 1 (1901) 49 copies
Stone of Tears, Part 2 (1997) 45 copies
Stone of Tears, Part 1 (1995) 38 copies
Temple of the Winds, Part 1 (1997) 38 copies
The Sky People (2019) 36 copies
Temple of the Winds, Part 2 (1997) 32 copies
Faith of the Fallen, Part 1 (2001) 29 copies
Soul of the Fire, Part 1 (2000) 27 copies
Faith of the Fallen, Part 2 (2001) 26 copies
Soul of the Fire, Part 2 (2000) 25 copies
Stone of Tears, Part 1 of 3 (2000) 16 copies
Naked Empire, Part 1 (2004) 13 copies
Stone of Tears, Part 2 of 3 (2001) 13 copies
Chainfire, Part 1 (2006) 12 copies
Phantom, Part 1 (2007) 11 copies
Naked Empire, Part 2 (2004) 11 copies
Confessor, Part 1 (2008) 8 copies
Phantom, Part 2 (2007) 8 copies
Confessor, Part 2 (2009) 6 copies
Chainfire, Part 2 (2006) 5 copies
Víra poražených (2013) 1 copy
Death 1 copy
Duch ohně (2012) 1 copy
Missing 1 copy
Pilíře světa (2013) 1 copy
Oddělené duše (2015) 1 copy
Třetí království (2014) 1 copy
Zpovědnice (2015) 1 copy
Ohnivá kaskáda (2014) 1 copy
Obnažená říše (2013) 1 copy

Associated Works

Legends I: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 1,894 copies
Year's Best Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 207 copies
Legend of the Seeker: Season 1 (2008) — Original novel — 46 copies
Legend of the Seeker: Season 2 (2009) — Original novel — 29 copies
Legenden nieuwe verhalen van de meesters van de fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 7 copies
Legend of the Seeker (Season 1-2) (2013) — Original novel — 2 copies

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Is the Sword of Truth series worth finishing? in FantasyFans (October 2013)

Reviews

This requires having read previous series with same characters, which is not good for attracting new readers to the author.
 
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Abcdarian | 4 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Great read

Fantastic and engaging story with just enough mystery to keep you wanting to read more. Cant wait to read the next one
 
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J3R3 | 196 other reviews | Apr 19, 2024 |
Really liked it!

Another great fantasy adventure from Goodkind. I didnt want to put it down! While often these larger and longer series can be hard to keep up with Goodkind does a great job of keeping you engaged and making the story easy to follow.
 
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J3R3 | 67 other reviews | Apr 19, 2024 |
Another excellent adventure that I could not put down. Such a great story cant wait to start the next one!
 
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Works
120
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Members
74,465
Popularity
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Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
847
ISBNs
1,035
Languages
12
Favorited
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