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Publication Order of Sword Of Truth Books

Wizard's First Rule (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stone of Tears (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood of the Fold (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Temple of the Winds (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Debt of Bones (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soul of the Fire (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faith of the Fallen (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pillars of Creation (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Empire (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chainfire (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phantom (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Confessor (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Omen Machine (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Confessor (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Kingdom (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Severed Souls (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warheart (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Sword Of Truth Books

The First Confessor(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Debt of Bones(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wizard's First Rule(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stone of Tears(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood of the Fold(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Temple of the Winds(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soul of the Fire(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faith of the Fallen(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pillars of Creation(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Empire(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chainfire(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phantom(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Confessor(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Omen Machine(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Kingdom(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Severed Souls(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warheart(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chronologically, read The First Confessor followed by Debt of Bones first.

The Sword of Truth is a series authored by Terry Good kind; an American writer born in Omaha Nebraska 1948. The first book of the series that is, Wizards First Rule was written in 1994. The books in the novel series follow a definite timeline and chronological flow of events that ensures the reader is both entertained and engaged by the events taking place in the book.

Events in the novel series The Sword of Truth takes place in a medieval period where the world is under threat of being ruled by oppressors who threaten to unleash evil in the world. Amidst all the oppression and evil in the world, three characters; Richard Cypher, Kahlen Amnell, and Zeddicus Zul Zorander have taken the role of protagonist and devote their lives to fighting for the oppressed. The world is divided into two regions that are the New and the Old World. The New world has three regions: the Westland in the west, the midlands at the Middle and DHara in the east. Details of the old world have not been vividly described in the novel.

Each region has its form of leadership. DHara is ruled by the Rahl family that is magically gifted and controls a great army of soldiers and sorcerers. Confessors manage affairs of the Midlands. Confessors are a lineage of women who possess magical powers that they use to find the truth and can by touch, cause a person to be devoted to them until death. Confessors wield considerable power and influence over the Midlands, and their decision is final hence maintain order and justice. Male confessors were considered evil and hence a male confessor was killed upon birth by being drowned. The Westland is a region of no magic and is separated from the rest of the parts by a magical boundary. The region is governed by a council of representatives and also has a small army of soldiers.

There are three main characters in the novel series. The first character is Richard Cypher. Richard Cypher is introduced as a simple young man living in the woods of the Westland. His life changes forever when he earns the title ‘
the seeker of truth’ and is tasked with the job of upholding justice by fighting for the oppressed. Khalen Amnell is another central character. She is a Confessor of the Midlands that has managed to cross the magical border into the Westland. She has to find a wizard of the first order and deliver the Book of Counted Shadows so that a seeker of truth can be named. Zeddicus Zul Zorander is an old man that seems crazy and lives in the Westland. Zeddicus is later depicted as a Wizard of the First order meaning; he is one of the most powerful wizards of the time and has the task of guiding the seeker of truth in his quest. The three characters are united and set out to liberate the world by bringing justice.

The first book, Wizard’s First Rule, describes how the three main characters meet. Khalen and her sister, who are both confessors of the Midlands, are on a quest to deliver the book of Counted Shadows to a wizard in the Westland. The duo has to pass through the magical boundary separating the two lands. The legendary book is said to be a guide of the seeker of truth. Khalen finally comes across Zeddicus, who turns out to be the wizard she was looking for. The duo locates Richard Cypher, who according to prophecy was supposed to be the Seeker of Truth. They manage to convenience Richard to accept the title of Seeker, and he wields the Sword of Truth. The sword is said to possess magical powers that give the seeker immense power to fight evil. A magical power in the sword connects the sword to the seeker’s emotions such as anger and rage enabling him to fight with more conviction and stealth. The three set out to the midlands soon after the magical boundary is broken by the advancing troops of DHara under the Command of an evil ruler Darken Rahl. This evil ruler seeks to gain control of a powerful ancient power by the name the Magic of Orden. The three characters set out on a quest to prevent this from happening.

The second book of the series is the Stone of Tears. The separation and destruction of the boxes of Orden have caused the tearing of the veil that separates the world of the living and the underworld. Richard and his accomplices are not aware of the situation but after they encounter a creature from the underworld they set out to such for the cracks and ways to seal them. In their quest, Richard is separated from his friends by a group of women called the sister of the light who are from the old world. Richard powers as a wizard are beginning to manifest and the sisters of the light capture him so that he can be trained. Richard is taken into the Palace of the Prophets, home to the sister of the light where he learns about his powers and real roots. He later escapes out of the palace and returns to DHara to prevent the keeper of the world from taking over the land of the living.

The novel series continues with the tale of the three characters out on quests to fight evil and bring justice into the new world. Their quests are faced with significant challenges sometimes life threatening but in most instances they emerge victoriously. The writer uses fantasy and epic creations to create a whole new world that is exciting to read about. The vivid description gives the reader a real life perception of the events that are taking place in the novel series.

The novel series was adapted into a TV series under the title Legend of the Seeker. The premier of the two season series was on 1st November 2008. The series was directed by Mark Beesley casting Craig Horner, Bridget Regan and Bruce Spence among others.

The Sword of Truth is one of the most ingenious works of Terry Goodkind and is a must read for all those who enjoy epic fantasy.

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One Response to “Sword of Truth”

  1. Krangus McBasketball: 5 years ago

    Solid series, at least through “Confessor.”
    The next three are a little strange and pretty tragic so be forewarned.

    I’m going to begin “Warheart” soon, so maybe I’ll be able to give an update on how it’s going after that.


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