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...