Terry Goodkind, an American science fiction author of The Sword of Truth series and other miscellaneous works, launched into his career after primarily painting, and constructing woodwork in his early years. Goodkind adopted an objectivist approach shortly after ingesting the literary works authored by Ayn Rand. In fact, Goodkind often references Rand’s works within his own novels. Goodkind’s career propelled after his epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, sold over 25 million copies across the world. It has also been translated into over 20 different languages before being transferred into a television series called The Legend of the Seeker.
Terry Goodkind, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, was born in 1948 with a fairly normal childhood. Goodkind married and relocated to Maine with his wife before making a permanent residence on the coast of Nevada. Goodkind was diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, which discouraged him from pursuing his writing projects until 1993, when he constructed his home off the coast of Maine. He wrote his first novel, Wizard’s First Rule, during this period, which propelled his career forward. It was published in 1994 and sold for $275,000 to three publishers. Goodkind’s career exploded with over 10 novels making the New York Times Best Seller list, including Chainfire, Phantom, Confessor, and other books from The Sword of Truth series.
The Sword of Truth:
The Sword of Truth epic fantasy series consists of 13 novels authored solely by Terry Goodkind. Each of the books follow Richard and his friends as they embark on a journey to defeat tyrants who wish to oppress the world and unleash inexplicable evil on the innocent. Each of the novels are independently written, except for the final three, which were meant to combine as a trilogy. However, each of the novels follow a similar time line interlinked between continuous events, which occur throughout the entire series.
The Sword of Truth series began with Goodkind’s first novel, Wizard’s First Rule, which was published in 1994 to three different publishers. The most recent and expected final novel in the series was called The Omen Machine, and was released in 2011. The series was translated into over twenty different languages due to its explosive popularity that led to over twenty five million copies sold by 2008. The popularity of the series inspired a television show aired on November 1, 2008 entitled The Legend of the Seeker. Both hardback and softcover were illustrated by Keith Parkinson before dying on October 26, 2005.
The Legend of the Seeker:
The Legend of the Seeker was a television series inspired by the Sword of Truth novels authored by Terry Goodkind. The television series was produced by ABC Studios and premiered on November 1, 2008. The show was in production for a total of two seasons before it was canceled in late 2010. The series involves a young woods tour guide, a mysterious woman, a wizard, and others who embark on a mission to destroy evil and oppression. The first season was mainly based on Goodfind’s first novel, The Wizard’s First Rule. However, some of the events and characters outlined in the show were not a direct reflection of the novel authored by Goodkind. The second season transitioned into the second novel entitled The Stone of Tears, a tale of the same protagonists who wish to mend the rift between both worlds of the living and the Keeper.