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Terry Goodkind - Author

About the Author

Terry Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker, violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artefacts from around the world - each with its own story to tell, he says.


In 1983 Goodkind moved to the forested mountains he loves. There, in the woods near the ocean, he built the house where he and his wife, Jeri, live, and came at last to tell his own stories.

Featured books by Terry Goodkind

Shroud of Eternity

Shroud of Eternity

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2018

Sister of the Light, Sister of the Dark. The Slave Queen, Death's Mistress. The formidable sorceress Nicci has gone by many names and faced many challenges. After driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay, Nicci and her companions - the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon - continue their perilous journey into unchartled lands. Guided by the witch-woman Red's mysterious prophecy, the trio makes their way south of Kol Adair towards a wondrous city shrouded behind time, Ildakar. But the grotesque omens on their path to Nathan's salvation - severed Norukai heads on pikes, a monster born of new dark arts, and a petrified army of half a million - are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity. 'And the Sorceress must save the world'.

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Other books by Terry Goodkind

The Children of D'Hara

The Children of D'Hara

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell confront an apocalyptic nightmare in this irresistibly tense, utterly terrifying, near-thousand-page return to Terry Goodkind's 26-million-copy bestselling Sword of Truth world. The insatiable hunger of the Golden Goddess... The irresistible power of a Witch's Oath... A fracture in the world of life... An opening in the world of death... Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell face the perfect storm. The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series in one breathtakingly compelling, powerful, blockbuster novel. Previously published in five parts: The Scribbly Man, Hateful Things, Wasteland, Witch's Oath, Into Darkness.

The Children of D'Hara

The Children of D'Hara

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell confront an apocalyptic nightmare in this irresistibly tense, utterly terrifying, near-thousand-page return to Terry Goodkind's 26-million-copy bestselling Sword of Truth world. The insatiable hunger of the Golden Goddess... The irresistible power of a Witch's Oath... A fracture in the world of life... An opening in the world of death... Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell face the perfect storm. The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series in one breathtakingly compelling, powerful, blockbuster novel. Previously published in five parts: The Scribbly Man, Hateful Things, Wasteland, Witch's Oath, Into Darkness.

Heart of Black Ice

Heart of Black Ice

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

The dramatic conclusion to Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling Nicci Chronicles. As Richard Rahl's emissaries to the Old World, sorceress Nicci and her companions have travelled far into uncharted territories, battling tyrants, monsters and strange magics. Now in the wake of a brutal war unleashed around the once-shrouded city of Ildakar, they must face a terrible new threat posed by an old foe. The Norukai, barbarian raiders and slavers, have been gathering an immense fleet among the inhospitably rocky islands that make up their home. With numbers greater than anyone could have imagined, the Norukai are poised to launch their final and most deadly war. As foretold by the witch-woman Red, the fate of the world rests on Nicci's shoulders in the dramatic conclusion to Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling Nicci Chronicles.

Into Darkness

Into Darkness

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

'Tell her I am called Fuer Grissa Ost Drauka - The Bringer of Death - and I am coming for her' The insatiable hunger of Golden Goddess... The irresistible power of a Witch's Oath... A fracture in the world of life... An opening in the world of death... To confront an apocalyptic nightmare, Richard Rahl must step... INTO DARKNESS. Into Darkness is the fifth episode - a blockbusting 688 pages - in Terry Goodkind's irresistibly intense new serial novel, The Children of D'Hara. 'I want to introduce everyone to THE CHILDREN OF D'HARA, a new series that continues the story of the lives of Richard and Kahlan. This is a journey that began 25 years ago with the 1994 release of WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, when Richard first met Kahlan that fateful day in the Hartland woods. After the 'The Sword of Truth' series ended, I knew there was more to Richard and Kahlan's story. Much more. A whole world more. For years, readers have asked me about Richard and Kahlan's lives after the Sword of Truth series . . . and importantly, about their children. While my masterwork, 'The Sword of Truth', concluded with WARHEART - 20 languages and 26 million books sold - I was burning to tell readers more about Richard and Kahlan. For that reason, this new series starts immediately after the 'Sword of Truth' books ended. Without skipping a beat, readers will plunge back into Richard and Kahlan's lives, with new episodes releasing every three months. So it is that I want to welcome you all back into the Sword of Truth world with many of the characters besides Richard and Kahlan, such as the Mord-Sith, that we have come to love. Learn what the star shift has done to their world and what monsters now lurk in shadows. I promise an arresting, beautiful, and sometimes tragic adventure that will keep you glued to this irresistible story.' -Terry Goodkind.

Heart of Black Ice

Heart of Black Ice

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/2020

The dramatic conclusion to Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling Nicci Chronicles. As Richard Rahl's emissaries to the Old World, sorceress Nicci and her companions have travelled far into uncharted territories, battling tyrants, monsters and strange magics. Now in the wake of a brutal war unleashed around the once-shrouded city of Ildakar, they must face a terrible new threat posed by an old foe. The Norukai, barbarian raiders and slavers, have been gathering an immense fleet among the inhospitably rocky islands that make up their home. With numbers greater than anyone could have imagined, the Norukai are poised to launch their final and most deadly war. As foretold by the witch-woman Red, the fate of the world rests on Nicci's shoulders in the dramatic conclusion to Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling Nicci Chronicles.

Heart of Black Ice

Heart of Black Ice

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2020

The dramatic conclusion to Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling Nicci Chronicles. As Richard Rahl's emissaries to the Old World, sorceress Nicci and her companions have travelled far into uncharted territories, battling tyrants, monsters and strange magics. Now in the wake of a brutal war unleashed around the once-shrouded city of Ildakar, they must face a terrible new threat posed by an old foe. The Norukai, barbarian raiders and slavers, have been gathering an immense fleet among the inhospitably rocky islands that make up their home. With numbers greater than anyone could have imagined, the Norukai are poised to launch their final and most deadly war. As foretold by the witch-woman Red, the fate of the world rests on Nicci's shoulders in the dramatic conclusion to Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling Nicci Chronicles.

Witch's Oath

Witch's Oath

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Richard knew that there would be no help coming. It was all up to him to stop the threat or Kahlan would die. They all would die. Nine companions - Richard, Kahlan, the witch woman Shale and six Mord-Sith, Rikka, Vale, Cassia, Nyda, Berdine and Vika - are hunting a warlock in the waterlogged depths of the People's Palace. It will take all their skills to close on their quarry, but do any of them understand the true power of a Witch's Oath? Witch's Oath is the fourth episode in Terry Goodkind's new serial novel, The Children of D'Hara. Told in irresistibly intense instalments, this is the story of a world confronted by an apocalyptic nightmare. 'I want to introduce everyone to THE CHILDREN OF D'HARA, a new series that continues the story of the lives of Richard and Kahlan. This is a journey that began 25 years ago with the 1994 release of WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, when Richard first met Kahlan that fateful day in the Hartland woods. After the Sword of Truth series ended, I knew there was more to Richard and Kahlan's story. Much more. A whole world more. For years, readers have asked me about Richard and Kahlan's lives after the Sword of Truth series... and importantly, about their children. While my masterwork, Sword of Truth, concluded with WARHEART - 20 languages and 26 million books sold - I was burning to tell readers more about Richard and Kahlan. For that reason, this new series starts immediately after the 'Sword of Truth' books ended. Without skipping a beat, readers will plunge back into Richard and Kahlan's lives, with new episodes releasing every three months. So it is that I want to welcome you all back into the Sword of Truth world with many of the characters besides Richard and Kahlan, such as the Mord-Sith, that we have come to love. Learn what the star shift has done to their world and what monsters now lurk in shadows. I promise an arresting, beautiful, and sometimes tragic adventure that will keep you glued to this irresistible story.' - Terry Goodkind.

Wasteland

Wasteland

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2019

Richard's gaze traced all of the passageways, the rooms, the circular halls, the dead ends, the entrapments, the lateral routes, the complex of twinned and tripled passageways, checking, hoping he was wrong. He wasn't. We're in trouble, he said. Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell are fighting on all fronts. The Golden Goddess, Collector of Worlds, has infiltrated the People's Palace, able to insinuate herself into the minds of those without the gift of magic. Richard can trust no-one but the gifted. So, when Vika, one of his sworn Mord-Sith bodyguards is abducted, he has to get her back. His determination will lead him and Kahlan deep into the labyrinthine heart of the People's Palace - the Wasteland - and into more danger than they have ever faced before. Wasteland is the third episode in Terry Goodkind's new serial novel, The Children of D'Hara. Told in irresistibly intense instalments, this is the story of a world confronted by an apocalyptic nightmare. 'I want to introduce everyone to THE CHILDREN OF D'HARA, a new series that continues the story of the lives of Richard and Kahlan. This is a journey that began 25 years ago with the 1994 release of WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, when Richard first met Kahlan that fateful day in the Hartland woods. After the Sword of Truth series ended, I knew there was more to Richard and Kahlan's story. Much more. A whole world more. For years, readers have asked me about Richard and Kahlan's lives after the Sword of Truth series... and importantly, about their children. While my masterwork, Sword of Truth, concluded with WARHEART - 20 languages and 26 million books sold - I was burning to tell readers more about Richard and Kahlan. For that reason, this new series starts immediately after the 'Sword of Truth' books ended. Without skipping a beat, readers will plunge back into Richard and Kahlan's lives, with new episodes releasing every three months. So it is that I want to welcome you all back into the Sword of Truth world with many of the characters besides Richard and Kahlan, such as the Mord-Sith, that we have come to love. Learn what the star shift has done to their world and what monsters now lurk in shadows. I promise an arresting, beautiful, and sometimes tragic adventure that will keep you glued to this irresistible story.' - Terry Goodkind.

Siege of Stone

Siege of Stone

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Set in the world of the Sword of Truth saga, a legendary battle may just destroy the ancient city of Ildakar. The sorceress Nicci, the wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon are under siege. Having liberated the legendary city of Ildakar from the despotic reign of the wizard's council, they now face the council's final act of vengeance: an ancient spell has been revoked and half a million hostile warriors released from fifteen centuries of stone-bound stasis. Surrounded, trapped inside the city walls, the companions must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the newly-freed citizenry to repel an ancient foe sworn to the destruction of their city. But Nicci, the one-time Sister of Darkness, knows that there more at stake than just Ildakar. If she can't destroy the approaching army at the city gates, there is nothing to stop it sweeping into the Old World and laying waste to D'Hara itself.

Hateful Things

Hateful Things

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2019

'This is not the way I wanted it to be. Any time but now. Even if by a miracle these children are born, their birth will be their death sentence' - Kahlan Amnell. Only magic protects D'Hara from the Golden Goddess and her kind, the magic of Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell, the magic that the Mother Confessor carries within her womb. To take this world, the Goddess must ensure Richard and Kahlan's children are never born. In the dark shadows of the People's Palace the predators are gathering, watching, learning, feeding... Hateful Things is the second episode in Terry Goodkind's new serial novel, The Children of D'Hara. Told in irresistibly intense instalments, this is the story of a world confronted by an apocalyptic nightmare. 'I want to introduce everyone to THE CHILDREN OF D'HARA, a new series that continues the story of the lives of Richard and Kahlan. This is a journey that began 25 years ago with the 1994 release of WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, when Richard first met Kahlan that fateful day in the Hartland woods. After the Sword of Truth series ended, I knew there was more to Richard and Kahlan's story. Much more. A whole world more. For years, readers have asked me about Richard and Kahlan's lives after the Sword of Truth series... and importantly, about their children. While my masterwork, Sword of Truth, concluded with WARHEART - 20 languages and 26 million books sold - I was burning to tell readers more about Richard and Kahlan. For that reason, this new series starts immediately after the 'Sword of Truth' books ended. Without skipping a beat, readers will plunge back into Richard and Kahlan's lives, with new episodes releasing every three months. So it is that I want to welcome you all back into the Sword of Truth world with many of the characters besides Richard and Kahlan, such as the Mord-Sith, that we have come to love. Learn what the star shift has done to their world and what monsters now lurk in shadows. I promise an arresting, beautiful, and sometimes tragic adventure that will keep you glued to this irresistible story.' - Terry Goodkind.

The Scribbly Man

The Scribbly Man

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2019

'We have all caught fleeting glimpses of them: the monster under the bed, the dark shadow just out of sight, the knot of unexpected terror in the pit of your stomach' - Kahlan Amnell. The world has been forged anew. Tyranny vanquished, the breach between the living and the dead healed, the stars themselves realigned. It is the triumph Richard Rahl and his wife Kahlan Amnell fought so hard, over so many years, for. Ruling a vast realm encompassing lands and peoples unknown, they have vowed to bring a golden age of peace to a world shattered by terror and war. What Richard does not expect is a demand for his immediate, unconditional surrender. Not of D'Hara, but of the entire world... The Scribbly Man is the first episode in Terry Goodkind's new serial novel, The Children of D'Hara. Told in irresistibly intense instalments, this is the story of a world confronted by an apocalyptic nightmare. If you've read Terry Goodkind before, welcome back. If you haven't, there's no better place to start than here. 'I want to introduce everyone to THE CHILDREN OF D'HARA, a new series that continues the story of the lives of Richard and Kahlan. This is a journey that began 25 years ago with the 1994 release of WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, when Richard first met Kahlan that fateful day in the Hartland woods. After the Sword of Truth series ended, I knew there was more to Richard and Kahlan's story. Much more. A whole world more. For years, readers have asked me about Richard and Kahlan's lives after the Sword of Truth series... and importantly, about their children. While my masterwork, Sword of Truth, concluded with WARHEART - 20 languages and 26 million books sold - I was burning to tell readers more about Richard and Kahlan. For that reason, this new series starts immediately after the 'Sword of Truth' books ended. Without skipping a beat, readers will plunge back into Richard and Kahlan's lives, with new episodes releasing every three months. So it is that I want to welcome you all back into the Sword of Truth world with many of the characters besides Richard and Kahlan, such as the Mord-Sith, that we have come to love. Learn what the star shift has done to their world and what monsters now lurk in shadows. I promise an arresting, beautiful, and sometimes tragic adventure that will keep you glued to this irresistible story.' - Terry Goodkind.

Siege of Stone

Siege of Stone

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2018

Set in the world of the Sword of Truth saga, a legendary battle may just destroy the ancient city of Ildakar. The sorceress Nicci, the wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon are under siege. Having liberated the legendary city of Ildakar from the despotic reign of the wizard's council, they now face the council's final act of vengeance: an ancient spell has been revoked and half a million hostile warriors released from fifteen centuries of stone-bound stasis. Surrounded, trapped inside the city walls, the companions must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the newly-freed citizenry to repel an ancient foe sworn to the destruction of their city. But Nicci, the one-time Sister of Darkness, knows that there more at stake than just Ildakar. If she can't destroy the approaching army at the city gates, there is nothing to stop it sweeping into the Old World and laying waste to D'Hara itself.

Siege of Stone

Siege of Stone

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2018

Set in the world of the Sword of Truth saga, a legendary battle may just destroy the ancient city of Ildakar. The sorceress Nicci, the wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon are under siege. Having liberated the legendary city of Ildakar from the despotic reign of the wizard's council, they now face the council's final act of vengeance: an ancient spell has been revoked and half a million hostile warriors released from fifteen centuries of stone-bound stasis. Surrounded, trapped inside the city walls, the companions must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the newly-freed citizenry to repel an ancient foe sworn to the destruction of their city. But Nicci, the one-time Sister of Darkness, knows that there more at stake than just Ildakar. If she can't destroy the approaching army at the city gates, there is nothing to stop it sweeping into the Old World and laying waste to D'Hara itself.

The Girl in the Moon

The Girl in the Moon

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

Terry Goodkind introduces his most unforgettable and deadly character yet. For fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Angela Constantine is a girl born broken. The daughter of a meth addict, Angela is convinced she was born a monster. Haunted by an abusive childhood, she was forced to become a woman far too soon. And in the process, she became more. Angela Constantine has a secret. Living in a secluded mountain cabin and juggling several jobs, Angela leads a double life right under everyone's noses. Because her family's bloodline carries the ability to recognize killers, she adopts a solitary existence in service of her own violent mission in life. When she unexpectedly finds herself stalked, Angela is the only one who knows the truth of what they are about to do. She's an unlikely hero. She's also our only hope. Angela Constantine is. . . The Girl in the Moon.

Shroud of Eternity

Shroud of Eternity

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Sister of the Light, Sister of the Dark. The Slave Queen, Death's Mistress. Nicci has gone by many names and faced many challenges, but now she faces her greatest test yet on a perlious journey into uncharted lands. 'And the Sorceress must save the world'. Guided by the witch-woman Red's mysterious prophecy, Nicci and her companions Nathan and Bannon make their way south of Kol Adair towards Ildakar, a fabled city shrouded behind time. But the grotesque omens on their path - severed heads on pikes, a monster born of dark arts, and a petrified army of half a million - are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity.

The Girl in the Moon

The Girl in the Moon

Author: Terry Goodkind Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2018

Terry Goodkind introduces his most unforgettable and deadly character yet. For fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Angela Constantine is a girl born broken. The daughter of a meth addict, Angela is convinced she was born a monster. Haunted by an abusive childhood, she was forced to become a woman far too soon. And in the process, she became more. Angela Constantine has a secret. Living in a secluded mountain cabin and juggling several jobs, Angela leads a double life right under everyone's noses. Because her family's bloodline carries the ability to recognize killers, she adopts a solitary existence in service of her own violent mission in life. When she unexpectedly finds herself stalked, Angela is the only one who knows the truth of what they are about to do. She's an unlikely hero. She's also our only hope. Angela Constantine is. . . The Girl in the Moon.