Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Goodkind, Terry

(1948-2020) US author of the Sword of Truth sequence, to date Wizard's First Rule (1994) and Stone of Tears (1995). These are redeemed from the stock level of commercial High Fantasy by a rather bleak moral complexity and by some moments of (usually unpleasant) inventiveness. In the first volume, the Ugly-Duckling Richard is chivvied into his Quest by the murder of his supposed father and finds himself pursued by agents, human and otherwise, of the Dark Lord Darken Rahl. Richard spends the second volume setting to rights the magical consequences of his victory over Darken Rahl, which proves, potentially, a Thing Bought at Too High a Cost. [RK]

Terry Goodkind


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.