Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, Volume I (Mass Market)

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Terry Goodkind has begun an all new epic entitled Death's Mistress. Wizard Nathan and Sorceress Nicci are an unlikely teamed character driven duo that has discovered a dramatic reconfiguration of magic in the Goodkind created universe. His conjured characters begin a quest of commonly agreed rules for each individual land, which becomes a task proven to be heavy handed for all involved. Within this realm the reader will be versed in many exciting new Goodkind creations including beginning a life book chronicling accomplishments and experiments of a wizard’s prolific journey to prophecy driven events that consists of strange species such as the deadly sea bearing creatures known as the Selkin. This hefty novel is one heck of a Terry Goodkind adventure awaiting the reader.

— Mike, Albuquerque


Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness launches The Nicci Chronicles, Terry Goodkind's entirely new series with a cast of characters centered on one of his best-loved characters in the now-concluded Sword of Truth.

One-time lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, known as “Death’s Mistress” and the “Slave Queen”, the deadly Nicci captured Richard Rahl in order to convince him that the Imperial Order stood for the greater good. But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their closest friends—and one of their most lethal defenders.

Now, with the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilized, Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures. One of her jobs will be to keep her travelling companion, the unworldly prophet Nathan, out of trouble. But her real task will be to scout the far reaches of Richard Rahl’s realm. This will take her and Nathan to visit the mysterious witch-woman Red, to tangle with the street life of the port city of Tanimura, to fight lethal battles on the high seas, and ultimately to a vast magical confrontation far from home…with the future of life itself, in the Old World and the New, at stake.

Full of life and story, this is a sweeping, engaging tale in the grand Goodkind manner.

The Nicci Chronicles
1. Death's Mistress
2. Shroud of Eternity
3. Siege of Stone

About the Author

Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the eleven-volume Sword of Truth series, beginning with Wizard’s First Rule, the basis for the television show Legend of the Seeker. Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school. Alongside a career in wildlife art, he has also been a cabinetmaker and a violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says. While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife Jeri have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.

Praise For…

"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring." —Kirkus Reviews on Wizard's First Rule

"Outstanding...Characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended." —San Diego Union Tribute on Temple of the Winds

“Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers." —RT Book Reviews on Faith of the Fallen

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765388230
ISBN-10: 0765388235
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Publication Date: December 5th, 2017
Pages: 656
Language: English
Series: The Nicci Chronicles