Tributes have been paid to “amazing” fantasy author Terry Goodkind, best known for the 17-volume Sword of Truth series, after he passed away aged 72.
The Nebraska-born novelist died on 17th September, Head of Zeus announced today.
His first Sword of Truth book was published in 1994 with many more following in a prolific writing spell that climaxed with Warheart, released in 2015 by Head of Zeus alongside e-books of the rest of the series.
In 2019, he returned to the world of D’Hara with five serial novels published between April 2019 and June 2020. The Children of D’Hara, a 1,000-page omnibus edition, will publish in February 2021.
Across his carrer he sold 815,341 books for £7.1m in the Nielsen BookScan era, with the 1995 edition of Wizard's First Rule his bestseller, on 69,213 copies sold since 1998.
Nicolas Cheetham, c.e.o. of Head of Zeus, has said: “Sword of Truth is one of the great fantasy series. I remember sitting round the kitchen table passing the manuscript pages of Wizard’s First Rule between Anthony, myself and my brother Oliver. It was a point of family honour to know the differences between a short-tailed gar and its longer-tailed cousin. Some three decades later, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Terry as his publisher.
"As well as his stories, I admired his questing intelligence, his dedication to perfection, not to mention his invigorating contrarianism. Life without a long, late-night ‘Terry-gram’ won't be the same.”
On his official Facebook page, Goodkind’s representatives posted a short remembrance: “It is impossible to put into few words just how amazing of a man, a husband, a writer, a friend, and a human, Terry Goodkind truly was. He is already desperately missed. We are forever grateful for him having shared his life’s work with all of us, as he was always grateful to be held in our hearts.”
It also quoted Goodkind's own words, from Confessor, the 12th volume in his series.
He wrote: “To exist in this vast universe for a speck of time is the great gift of life. It is our only life. The universe will go on, indifferent to our brief existence, but while we are here, we touch not just part of that vastness, but also the lives around us. Life is the gift each of us has been given. Each life is our own and no one else's. It is precious beyond all counting. It is the greatest value we can have. Cherish it for what it truly is... Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it.”