Not a Book Review: Magda Searus by Terry Goodkind

Not a Book Review - Not Yet Anyway

Many of my readers know that I am a huge Terry Goodkind fan and that I've read all of the Sword of Truth books and offered reviews on the TV series Legend of the Seeker. When I read that Terry was releasing his newest book Magda Searus: The First Confessor only as an ebook I decided to give it a try. I already had a Kindle Fire that I wasn't using (it was a present I didn't ask for) so I figured I'd put it to good use. I downloaded the book and started to read.

THIS IS NOT A BOOK REVIEW BECAUSE I HAVEN'T FINISHED YET!!!

I'm actually only about a third of the way through this book which I started while reading through A Storm of Swords from the Game of Thrones series. I wanted to get a heads up on what I'll be watching when Season 3 commences on HBO next April. I was also reading the second book of the Hunger Games Trilogy. Needless to say I have finished both of those books and I am now working on A Feast For Crows, which is book 4 in the Game of Thrones series.

We know the backstory of Barracus, The Temple of the Winds, Magda Searus and Merritt, Lothain, war wizards and dream walkers. We know of the empty book Barracus leaves Richard as a message. I'm not sure I needed anything else to explain the story Terry already told us and finished with. I wanted something new and certainly something to wash out the bad taste left by The Omen Machine but I don't think this will serve.

I understand, and so should you, that presenting this tale on his own in an ebook format, will make Terry the most money he can earn on his work. There are no printers, editors, distributors, shipping or anything else to pay for. You pay Terry, Terry has to pay a fee to th ebook sellers and that's about it. So financially this works great for the author. Terry claims this is the story he really wants to tell us. It's certainly long, much longer than the Omen Machine but so far, I just can't get into this story yet. As much as I want to read the story, I just don't see why I should - it relates to a part of Richard and Kahlan's story that is already closed.

Contractually, I'm sure Terry can't offer us a Richard and Kahlan story in this manner. When the rights to Sword of Truth were sold, the name went with it so when we got The Omen Machine, it became a "Richard and Kahlan" story. I'm sure that those characters are still "owned" by the publisher of Terry's regular book series. So he gave us something he "owns" and controls - I get all of that.

The story itself doesn't seem bad so far but I'm only 30% done (according to my Kindle anyway). I can see where this goes though. We know what happens in a general sense anyway because we've already been told this story... I just don't know... I will say that I'll be back for a review once I've completed the book.

Of course, I've already started Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero and will soon begin Mockingjay, the last Hunger games book so I'm not sure when that will be.

Any thoughts on this book so far??? Let us know...


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

So, in summary, going by the first third of the e-book, the story is not bad. I understand that to mean that you do not highly recommend it but at the same time do not pan it. Thanks for the interesting preview of a review. Up, Useful, and Interesting.

That's an interesting topic about the rights to the characters an author creates. To my understanding, when a publisher buys the rights to publish a novel in a certain language and format, that does not automatically include buying the rights to the characters in the novel. That is, the author does not need the publisher's permission to write another novel using those same characters. I suppose it depends on the terms of the contract? For instance, a contract might include first refusal rights.

Now that you have tried your Kindle Fire, how do you like it?


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The Hobbit Hole 4 years ago from Lancashire UK

I loved the Sword Of Truth series but can't say I have any desire to read this one. To me the story is finished, why go back and revisit it, plus I hate reading off a screen. So the fact that this won't be coming out as an actual book also really puts me off. A well written preview of a review though.


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dblyn 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY Author

Thank you both. I have to admit that I wasn't really sure where my comments would go when I wrote this hub. It's not a review obviously but a preview of the book. To answer the questions and comments:

I think contractually, a writer is locked in for a certain number of books and I think the understanding is that the writer will not write a book about the same characters and present it to another publisher.

The Kindle Fire is OK but not really necessary. I didn't ask for it as I'm not a gadgety type of guy and I didn't want the buyer to deal with the $250 price tag. It's nice but unnecessary.

I also am more of an old-school, I need to hold a physical book kind of person. That being said, the wave of the future is ebooks no question. Really, why wouldn't EVERY author do this eventually. Write what you want, sell it over the internet and make money that you don't need to share with lots of "middlemen" like printers distributors and retailers. It really does make sense.


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dblyn 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY Author

I have to admit that I went back to reread the part of Temple of the Winds that originally descibes the events that happen in this book and I'm not at all sure they match up. In TotW It sounds like Lothain was sent to undo the damage the original teample team did, but he actually made it worse and then Barracus was sent. In the new book, it doesn't mention Lothain being sent at all, at least not yet. I really need to get through this book. I hope this rights itself by the end or I will be seriously angry....


bookworm42 4 years ago

I loved his sword of truth series. I could hardly put those down! I am 68% through this one and I am actually enjoying it. I think he repeats himself a bit to much though. I do agree that it is not as enthralling as the song of ice and fire. Oh well, maybe when I am in the 80% area, right?


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dblyn 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY Author

Hopefully!! I am only about 50% of the way through and I'm not sure about it yet. There have been some things I like but I go back to Temple of the Winds to re-read what Richard found in the temple trials and so far it doesn't fit with this book. It might in the end so I'm crossing my fingers but if it doesn't I will not be happy. I have bought Dance with Dragons to keep moving ahead with Game of Thrones but I haven't started on it yet..


Angel 4 years ago

Trust me, all the things that don't add up between TFC and TotW (aside from Magda being able to go through the Sliph when she has no magic, that one he pulled out of his backside) will all level out by the end.


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dblyn 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY Author

I actually finished this beek and have posted a review. I don't actually remember Terry saying that Magda EVER traveled in the sliph - she thought it was creepy, she did travel a lot, but I never put that together since we (as all-knowing readers) know she can't use it. Maybe I need to re-read a bit. All of the other items that didn't seem to match worked out in the end but I was till not thrilled with how that was laid out. If there had been no previous story to draw from it would have been fine, but we KNEW what was coming so we were all a bit confused for a while...

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