Terry Goodkind Books

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Terry Goodkind is American novelist best known for his contemporary suspense book The Law of Nines (2009) and his epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth. He was born in 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. He relocated to Maine with his wife in 1983 and later relocated to the coast of Lake Las Vegas, Nevada where he resides up to date.

Order of Sword Of Truth Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Wizard's First Rule 1994 Description / Buy
2 Stone of Tears 1995 Description / Buy
3 Blood of the Fold 1996 Description / Buy
4 Temple of the Winds 1998 Description / Buy
5 Debt of Bones 1998 Description / Buy
6 Soul of the Fire 1999 Description / Buy
7 Faith of the Fallen 2000 Description / Buy
8 The Pillars of Creation 2001 Description / Buy
9 Naked Empire 2003 Description / Buy
10 Chainfire 2004 Description / Buy
11 Phantom 2006 Description / Buy
12 Confessor 2007 Description / Buy
13 The Omen Machine 2011 Description / Buy
14 The First Confessor 2012 Description / Buy
15 The Third Kingdom 2012 Description / Buy
16 Severed Souls 2014 Description / Buy
17 Warheart 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Sister Of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Death's Mistress 2017 Description / Buy
2 Shroud of Eternity 2018 Description / Buy
3 Siege of Stone 2018 Description / Buy
4 Heart of Black Ice 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Children Of D'Hara Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Scribbly Man 2019 Description / Buy
2 Hateful Things 2019 Description / Buy
3 Wasteland 2019 Description / Buy
4 Witch's Oath (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
5 Into Darkness 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Angela Constantine / Jack Raynes Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Nest 2016 Description / Buy
2 Trouble's Child (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
3 The Girl in the Moon 2018 Description / Buy
4 Crazy Wanda (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Richard & Kahlan Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Omen Machine 2011 Description / Buy
2 The Third Kingdom 2012 Description / Buy
3 Severed Souls 2014 Description / Buy
4 Warheart 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Terry Goodkind Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Law of Nines 2009 Description / Buy
2 The Sky People (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Year's Best Fantasy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Year's Best Fantasy 2001 Description / Buy
2 Year's Best Fantasy 2001 Description / Buy
3 Year's Best Fantasy 2 2002 Description / Buy
4 Year's Best Fantasy 3 2003 Description / Buy
5 Year's Best Fantasy 4 2004 Description / Buy
6 Year's Best Fantasy 6 2006 Description / Buy
7 Year's Best Fantasy 7 2007 Description / Buy
8 Year's Best Fantasy 8 2008 Description / Buy
9 Year's Best Fantasy 9 2009 Description / Buy
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The author suffers from reading disorder, dyslexia which initially dissuaded him from writing. Before his writing career, Goodkind built violins and cabinet and was a wildlife and marine artist. In 1993, he began to write his debut novel Wizard’s First Rule during the construction of his home on the forested land off the coast of Maine which was later published in 1994. His first book Wizard’s First Rule was auctioned to three publishers in 1994 and sold for $275,000. The author later published other sixteen novels and one novella. All of the author’s books except Wizards First Rule and Stone of Tears have appeared in The New York Times Best Seller list. His twelve books in The Sword of Truth series have sold over 25 million copies worldwide and have also been translated into more than 20 languages.

While the author admits writing in the fantasy genre, Goodkind states that his books are more than just traditional fantasy since they focus on the human and philosophical themes. He believes that the fantasy genre, allows him to tell his stories better and convey emotion he desires and human issues to share with his readers.


The Sword of Truth series was adapted into a television series Legend of the Seeker which premiered for on November 1st, 2008 and ran for two seasons (44 episodes) before its cancellation in 2010. The series featured Craig Horner, Bruce Spence, Craig Parker, Tabrett Bethel, and Bridget Regan.


These are two best books written by Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule and Stone of Tears.

Wizard’s First Rule: After the brutal killing of his father, a mysterious woman named Kahlan Amnell appears in Richard Cypher’s forest seek help and much more. His beliefs and his world are shattered when the ancient debts come down with a thundering violence. In this heathenism age, it takes more than just courage to survive and confront those who are in charge.

Now Richard and the confessor must take up that task or otherwise become the next victims and far beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their pure hearts could betray them. However, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword of truth might reveal about his very own soul. Falling in love would ultimately destroy them for the reasons that Kahlan cannot dare to say, and Richard dare not to imagine.

In their darkest moment, hunted everywhere they go, tormented by betrayal and loss, Kahlan calls upon the seeker to reach beyond his sword and invoke within himself something noble. Neither of the two knows that the rules of the battle just changed or that their time has just run out.

The first book in the series is an interesting one; the story flows along pretty well. In fact, there no dead spots where nothing seems to happen as you will find in many books. Every scene in the whole story is always moving toward developing a fantastic climax. Every concept comes together neatly in the end.

Stone of Tears: This is the second books in the Sword of Truth series; it picks up from where the first novel in the series, Wizard’s First Rule left off. In the first book, Richard Cypher’s world was shattered. Once a good guy, he is forced to become the Seeker of Truth to save the whole world from destruction by one Darken Rahl.

In his epic quest, he is joined by Kahlan, the only surviving Confessor who has brought not only powerful but also kind justice in the land where Rahl evil dominated. The couple, aided by Zedd, the last of the wizards of the first order, they are able to cast Rahl to the underworld thus saving the world from destruction.

Unfortunately, the veil to the underworld has been torn, and Darken Rahl begins to summon evil to the face of the earth. Some Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil and thus unleashing evil on the world above. If Darken is not stopped, he will free the keeper itself, an evil power that is so deadly and once released; it can never be contained.

When Does The Next Terry Goodkind book come out?

Terry Goodkind doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Into Darkness and was released on March, 2nd 2020. It is the newest book in the Children Of D'Hara Series.


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