The First Confessor

The First Confessor

The Legend of Magda Searus

Book - 2015
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind comes The First Confessor , the prequel to the Sword of Truth

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 begin 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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2015, c2012.
Edition: First Tor edition.
ISBN: 9780765383075
9780765383068
Characteristics: 604 pages ; 25 cm.

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AshesChu
Jun 18, 2018

This is a prequel to the "Truth" series, but I feel like "The First Confessor" can be an amazing stand-alone novel. I've been following Richard and Kahlan's adventures for years now and "The First Confessor" is definitely one of the best books in this series--possibly because it can be a stand-alone novel all on its own and because character exposition is done through what the characters do/how they act rather than a narrative blurb. Overall, if you want a fantasy kick without having to wade through dozens of books to get the full story, "The First Confessor" fills that urge without leaving you hanging and having to hunt down another book/volume of a series.

ChristchurchLib Jan 17, 2017

Before there was the heroic duo of Richard and Kahlan, there was lone heroine Magda Searus. This prequel to the Sword of Truth series opens as Madga unexpectedly loses her husband, First Wizard Baraccus, to suicide. Determined to find out why Baraccus chose this drastic course of action, Magda seeks out a spiritist who can speak to the dead -- and, in doing so, learns of a great danger to the realm. However, as a commoner and a magically ungifted woman, Magda faces staunch opposition from those in power when she attempts to carry on her husband's work.

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BabyDuck68
Dec 31, 2015

I've read most of this author's books. One thing I didn't like was that the story was extremely slow and took forever to get to the main storyline/purpose of the book. If you're familiar with the Sword of Truth "universe," you might enjoy this as it tells the history of how the confessor line first started.

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desertgrandma
Sep 07, 2015

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