Does This Count as a Blurb Reveal? Terry Goodkind’s SEVERED SOULS

Richard and Kahlan…pretty much the epitome of power couples in the fantasy genre…and one of them might be dying?!

After Terry Goodkind revealed on both his Twitter and Facebook feeds the teaser slogan for Severed Souls, my heart plummeted to the ground, and catapulted back into my throat.

“A hero will die.”

It was/is my fear that Mr. Goodkind’s pulling a Richard Castle/Nathan Fillion and killing his hero – Richard. But then, I started to calm myself down and thought about how the Sword of Truth universe has many heroes – and that maybe it’ll be one of the minor ones that I won’t miss seeing go.

And that was when Mr. Goodkind released the next teaser:

“Her hero will die.”

The second teaser was accompanied by the picture of the woman holding the bloody sword on the Severed Souls cover, which got me back to thinking that it might be Richard after all. But of course, some readers on the internet are more optimistic than myself and think it might be the husband of Magda Searus – the First Confessor – the Mr. Goodkind is referring too. And, gods, I hope they’re right!

I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to hunt down anything else I could find about this upcoming book, but only have a short teaser blurb and an excerpt (below) to show for my efforts. Which means that we all have to be impatient until this book releases on August 5th, 2014.

Teaser Blurb:

From the far reaches of the D’Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved “half-people” into the Empire’s heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives…sooner rather than later.

Here’s a snippet from the previous novel, The Third Kingdom, which I initially thought was from Severed Souls because it was listed under the book on Goodreads, but a HUGE thanks to Tristan for catching my mistake:

Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man’s shoulder blades. He spun back toward Richard after throwing the woman out of the opening, ready to attack. It seemed impossible, but the man looked unaffected by the blade that had impaled him through the chest.

It was then, in the weak light from the fire pit off to the side, that Richard got his first good look at the killer.

Three knives were buried up to their brass cross-guards in the man’s chest. Only the handles were showing. Richard saw, too, the broken end of a sword blade jutting out from the center of the man’s chest. The point of that same blade stuck out from the man’s back.

Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File.

He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up into his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death.

I think I’m going to have a very hard time sleeping till this book is released.

Any heroic book deaths that have you panicked or made you crazy? We would very much like to know. Comment and share!

Rika Ashton

(aka The Very Panicked)

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3 responses

  1. Tristan

    This excerpt is from the Third Kingdom when Richard first encounters the awakened dead in the maze village of Stroyza.

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    July 30, 2014 at 4:53 am

    • Really? Thanks for letting me know…that makes more sense. I still have to catch up with the series, beginning with the OMEN MACHINE, so anything Terry Goodkind lists under SEVERED SOULS sounds new to me.

      *P.S: Will update the post soon with a special mention to you! Thanks again!

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      July 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

  2. Denise Kaestner

    I too have read every book in this series and hope the Terry Goodkind will continue with his magic.

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    December 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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