Confessor - Terry Goodkind- New Book
Book 11 of the Sword of Truth series
Richard Rahl, leader of the D'Haran Empire, has been captured by an Imperial Order commander, who lets Richard (under the guise of Ruban Rubnyk) live if he will be the point man for the commander's Ja'La dh Jin team. During Richard’s imprisonment, he is warned by a cloaked specter that he is now a player of the Boxes of Orden. Sister Ulicia is also visited by this figure, and is told that the time to open the Boxes has been reset to one year from the first day of winter-the day that Nicci put the Boxes into play under Richard's name. The witch woman Six breaks into the Wizard's Keep during this time and steals the third box of Orden from Nicci and Zedd. Zedd discovers that The Wizard's Keep is being affected by the contamination of the chimes, and must be abandoned. He puts a spell over the failing Keep to protect it from time and future damage. Jagang's excavations in the Azrith Plains reveal catacombs under the People's Palace, which provide a secret entryway. Three Sisters of the Dark enter, killing Ann and capturing Nicci, by combining their powers to overcome the Palace's spell-form. Soldiers are sent into the catacombs to prepare an attack, and the hole is hidden. The Sisters of the Dark discover what they believe to be the original Book of Counted Shadows.
Upon a surprise visit from Jagang, who is sizing up the members of rival Ja'La teams, Richard realizes that he needs a disguise so that Jagang won't recognize him. He solves this problem by obtaining red paint, and covering the faces and bodies of his teammates and himself by intimidating symbols and parts of spell-forms. Not only is the effect daunting, it sets the team apart and effectively conceals Richard's features. His team meets and defeats Jagang's team in the tournament final, but Jagang, refusing to accept his team's loss, announces the win is invalid, having repeatedly making calls to void Richard's points. This unfair decision causes a riot in the camp, during which Richard and Nicci escape and Kahlan is 'rescued' by Samuel. Richard and Nicci (helped by Adie) go back to the Palace through the catacombs, where Nathan and Cara help them wipe out the Order forces hiding there. Rachel is lured into Tamarang by Violet, who has drawn a spell around her that sets 'ghostie gobblies' after her. On her way, she is given a piece of chalk by Shota in disguise as Rachel's mother. Rachel continues to the mystical caves and moves the spell around her to Violet, who is promptly destroyed by the 'ghostie gobblies'. Rachel then takes the spell off of Richard to restore his gift. She is again visited by her 'mother', who sends her off to deliver a message with Gratch. Zedd is captured by Six, and discovers that the witch woman is in league with Jagang and has helped attack D'Haran forces in the Old World.
Richard is warned by Nicci that he must not reveal his love for Kahlan to her, or the sterile field around the Chainfire spell will not restore her memories for him - but will restore to others their original memories from before the Chainfire event was started. She explains that it is similar to how Richard could not be told about the way to love a Confessor without being touched by her power-foreknowledge would contaminate the magic and it wouldn't work. Richard then helps Jillian, the priestess of the bones and dream caster from Caska, give the Order's army terrible nightmares. Jagang is given particularly nasty dreams, mostly involving Nicci. Richard is taught many spells and spell-forms by Nicci, and then sends himself to the Underworld, using Denna as a spirit guide, and retrieves everyone's memories of Kahlan, which he correctly reasons must be in the Underworld because they don't exist in this world. He successfully retrieves them - but is attacked by the beast, which was attracted by the use of his gift. Richard does the only thing he can think of, and risks his life to destroy the beast by unleashing Additive magic into the underworld. He is slammed out of the Underworld, and into the middle of a gathering of the Mud People. He is greeted by Rachel, who, with Gratch's help, had told the Mud People to hold a gathering to help him. Meanwhile, at the Palace, from where Richard has been missing for days, Nathan assumes Richard is dead and accepts Jagang's terms of surrender, which include surrendering Nicci to Jagang, and giving the Order's gifted access to the Garden of Life in order to open the boxes.
Samuel attempts to rape Kahlan after several days of journeying. During the struggle, she touches the Sword of Truth, which causes the affects of Chainfire to be countered. She recalls that she is a Confessor, and releases her power into him. Even though she remembers that she is a Confessor; she does not recall anything of her past. Samuel reveals that he is an agent for Six, and that Richard and Kahlan were once married. Samuel dies when he realizes that he was going to rape Kahlan, his mistress, and she could not forgive him. Richard meets up with Kahlan on the way to Tamarang. He won't answer her questions about the circumstances of their marriage, for fear of contaminating the sterile field, which greatly upsets her. To make amends and to show he does care for her, he carves for her a smaller model of spirit. Six has imprisoned Zedd, Tom, and Rikka, and as Richard and Kahlan arrive in Tamarang to rescue them, the witch woman appears. Shota arrives just as Six is about to recapture them, in disguise as Six's mother. Shota kills Six and then Richard, Kahlan and Zedd fly back to the People's Palace on the red dragon Six had enslaved. The dragon turns out to be Scarlet's son Gregory, whom Richard saved when he was just an egg.
Back at the Palace, Richard surrenders to Jagang's terms, allowing him and his Sisters of the Dark into the palace so they can use the Garden of Life to open the boxes of Orden. During the ritual, Jagang goes, unguarded, to the cell where Nicci is held. She promptly locks a Rada'Han around his neck, rendering him powerless, and eventually kills him unceremoniously, insisting that he will not become a martyr or have a drawn-out, climactic death. Back in the Garden of Life, the Sisters of the Dark complete the magic to find out which Box is correct and open it. At first, it seems they were successful. However, it becomes increasingly clear that something is wrong. Richard explains to the furious Sisters that all of the Books of Counted Shadows were fake keys - they mention Confessors, which were created after the boxes were. He also tells them that even if they did have the true key, they would still fail because of their intent. The Book of Life warns against hatred and malicious intent in the very beginning, and since they were using the power for evil, no matter which box they opened they would forfeit their lives. This is proved when the Sisters are sucked into the Underworld.
Richard explains to everyone that the real key to the Magic of Orden is the Sword of Truth. Much to Richard's dismay, Kahlan tells Richard she loves him, proving that she is not a sterile field and that emotions have contaminated her chances of regaining her memory. Richard puts the Sword over each box in turn. Each box on the side turns the sword black; the one in the middle turns it a brilliant white. Richard stabs the box, capturing the magic of Orden. Now in command of life and death, he uses the magic to send the followers of the Order to a new world, devoid of all magic, as they wished. Richard's half sister Jennsen and the rest of the Pillars of Creation decide that they wish to go to this new world too. They feel that because they have no magic, a world without magic is a better place for them, because in this new world magic will be bred out because of their presence. Tom, the man that loves Jennsen, also goes to this world so that he can be with her. Richard also uses Orden to repair the damage caused by the Chimes, and to remove Chainfire and send it off to the new world he has created, where instead of causing harm it can serve a useful purpose - ensuring the complete removal of magic from that world, and removing all its inhabitants' memories of their previous world. As Richard goes to close the doorway, he fears Kahlan is lost because the sterile field required for Orden was tainted. She then tells him that she was protected because she realized she had fallen in love with him on her own, similar to his realization of his love for her at the beginning of the series, thus bringing the story full circle.
As an epilogue, there is a short look at the other world, where Tom and Jennsen are expecting a child, who will carry on the Rahl name, and where people are gradually forgetting Richard and everything from their previous world. The book ends with the marriage of Cara and General Meiffert. It is revealed that the Sisters of the Light have moved into the Wizard's Keep, where along with Zedd, they can continue to teach young wizards. Chase (now a Warden of the Keep) and his family have also moved into the Keep, as have Adie and Friedrich, who have discovered love in each other. Zedd asks Richard what else he did while he had Orden's power, but Richard is vague. He only admits to taking the spell off of red fruit, so that it is no longer poison, and that he brought back the Temple of the Winds. After the wedding, the devotion bells begin to ring, and people bend to kneel. Richard stops them, saying that devotions are no longer necessary, because everyone's life is their own to live.
About the Author Terry Goodkind
Goodkind was born in 1948 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended schooling in art and Catholic Catechism Instruction. Goodkind learned early in his life that he suffered from dyslexia, a cause of constant frustration while he was in high school. He later dropped out of college and worked as a carpenter, a violin maker, and a restorer of rare and exotic artifacts and antiques. Before starting his career as a writer, Goodkind was best known for his realistic marine and wildlife paintings. In 1993, during the construction of his home on the forested Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine with his wife Jeri, he began to write his first novel, Wizard's First Rule, and his writing career was launched with its publication in 1994. In addition to his home in Maine, Goodkind and his wife built a second home in the desert southwest where he now spends the majority of his time.
Goodkind's first book, Wizard's First Rule, was auctioned to publishers in 1994 for six times more than the record price previously paid for a first fantasy novel. It had a first print run of 60,000 copies, where 3,000–5,000 is more usual, and became an international bestseller.
Goodkind has subsequently published ten other novels and one novella to great commercial success. All of his books, with the exceptions of Stone of Tears and Wizard's First Rule, have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. Of his latest novels, Chainfire, debuted at #3; in January 2005, Phantom at #1 in August 2006; and Confessor at #2 in November 2007 on the NYT Best Sellers List.
Goodkind has been largely influenced by the books of Ayn Rand and is a strong supporter of her works and of Objectivist philosophy. While he acknowledges writing in the fantasy genre, he perceives his novels to be more than just traditional fantasy because of their focus on philosophical and human themes. While he acknowledges that he writes in a fantasy world, Goodkind perceives himself more as a novelist in philosophical topics than as a novelist in the fantasy genre. Goodkind believes that using the fantasy genre allows him to better tell his stories and better convey the human themes and emotions that he desires to share with the reader. Regardless of the genre of his novels, Goodkind states his main goal in writing is to inspire.
The Sword of Truth Series
Wizard's First Rule
Stone of Tears
Blood of the Fold
Temple of the Winds
Soul of the Fire
Faith of the Fallen
The Pillars of Creation
The series is set in a world divided into two major regions: the New World and the Old World. The New World consists of three lands with Westland in the west, D'Hara in the east and the Midlands in the centre of the two. D'Hara is ruled by a magically gifted member of the Rahl family, while the welfare of the Midlands is decided by a council of representatives led by the Mother Confessor, who is also the leader of the Confessors. The Confessors are a group of women who each have a magical power to force a person to become entirely devoted to them, allowing them to fulfill their purpose - to find the truth. Westland, a land of no magic, is also ruled by a council of representatives. The Old World is not introduced until the second book in the series and its geographical features are described in less detail.
The main character is a young man named Richard Cypher, a Westland woods guide whose simple life is forever changed after he becomes the Seeker of Truth - a position similar to that of a Confessor, requiring him to uphold justice in the world. Over the course of the series, Richard learns about his heritage while seeking to stop the evil that others would unleash upon the world of the living. Because Richard refuses to sacrifice his values and lives his life as a free man, others begin to understand the nobility of man and what it means to be free. Each book is loosely themed around a Wizard's Rule, tenets by which all wizards should abide. The eleventh full-length novel, Confessor, concludes the series' central story arc regarding the invasion of the Imperial Order, an empire in the Old World led by Jagang.
Confessor - Terry Goodkind- New Book
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