From bestselling author Terry Goodkind comes THE FIRST CONFESSOR, a prequel volume to the Sword of Truth series that reveals how one woman forged a legend.
War is coming and First Wizard Baraccus, leader of the New World, lover of life, is dead. Worse, he took his own life, throwing himself from the ramparts of the Wizard's Keep. Baraccus' grief-stricken wife, Magda Searus, cannot comprehend why he would abandon her and his people at such an uncertain time. She is intent on following him into the Underworld, but then she finds the note he left, urging her to seek the truth. What she uncovers, no one is willing to believe.
Magda learns that she - alone, ungifted - is the key to her people's survival in the coming war: a war that will spare no- one, a war where the consequences of defeat are more terrifying than anyone could ever have imagined. Her stand will change history, her deeds echo through the millennia. So journey with her into a darkening world, and discover how legends are born.