Terry Goodkind is an American novelist of epic fantasy. He is the author of The Sword of Truth series. Goodkind has been credited with the ability to write large-scale epics and being able to create an intriguing universe. Goodkind’s novels explore human themes within his large and interesting fictional societies. He cites Ayn Rand as a major influence on his writing.

Goodkind made his debut as a published author in 1994 with Wizard’s First Rule. At the time, he set a record by auctioning the novel to a group of three publishers for $275,000. Below is a list of Terry Goodkind’s books in order of when they were originally published and in chronological order:

Publication Order of Sword Of Truth Books

Wizard's First Rule (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stone of Tears (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood of the Fold (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Temple of the Winds (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Debt of Bones (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Soul of the Fire (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Faith of the Fallen (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Pillars of Creation (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Naked Empire (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Chainfire (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Phantom (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Confessor (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Omen Machine (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The First Confessor (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Third Kingdom (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Severed Souls (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Warheart (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Chronologically, read The First Confessor followed by Debt of Bones first.

Chronological Order of Sword Of Truth Books

The First Confessor(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Debt of Bones(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wizard's First Rule(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stone of Tears(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood of the Fold(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Temple of the Winds(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Soul of the Fire(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Faith of the Fallen(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Pillars of Creation(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Naked Empire(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Chainfire(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Phantom(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Confessor(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Omen Machine(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Third Kingdom(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Severed Souls(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Warheart(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Sister Of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles Books

Death's Mistress (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shroud of Eternity (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Siege of Stone (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Heart of Black Ice (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Children Of D'Hara Books

Publication Order of Angela Constantine / Jack Raynes Books

Publication Order of Richard & Kahlan Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Law of Nines (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sky People (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Year's Best Fantasy Books

Year's Best Fantasy (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best Fantasy 9 (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Anthology series.

If You Like Terry Goodkind Books, You’ll Love…

Terry Goodkind Synopses: The Sky People is a standalone title by Terry Goodkind. Raging River, priestess of the Sun People, has done something unthinkable. The Sun People follow an ancient law, written by the long-vanished Sky People: they cannot kill. To other tribes, who have no such law, the Sun People are easy pickings who do not defend themselves. Their game gets poached, their stores are raided, their women abducted, their men killed in the name of sport. But when Raging River and her sister are attacked by the Wolf People, River fights back and kills one of the warriors. Worse, her victim was the son of their chief. Now, with the Wolf People vowing revenge and her people facing annihilation, River must do the impossible. She must prove herself as priestess. She must find the mythical Sky People.

The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind is a standalone novel. Turning 27 may frighten some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the Midwest, it is cataclysmic. One would think inheriting a large tract of land should have made him both rich and happy; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has now made him – and everyone he loves – into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence…

Nest is the first Angela Constantine / Jack Raynes novel by Terry Goodkind. Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary Chicago woman. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers simply by looking into their eyes.

Trying to understand the implications of this discovery, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with mysterious connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, a group of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers are after Kate. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t positive if Jack is really her protector, or another killer coming for her.

The Omen Machine is the first Richard and Kahlan novel by Terry Goodkind. An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has stayed hidden deep underground for thousands of years. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be shockingly accurate, and growing more and more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it can withdraw the omen… in exchange for an impossible demand.

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4 Responses to “Order of Terry Goodkind Books”

  1. Stephen Pfaff: 6 years ago

    If you haven’t read “NEST” by Terry it is not his typical SF. I loved the book. It just came out in 2017

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  2. toothman: 9 years ago

    I have read all the Sword of Truth books. Just finished Severed Souls. Loved it, leaves room for another. I have one burning question. How can Erika use her agile on Kahlan when Ludwig Dreier is dead? The 3 Mord-Sith lost their agile’s power when Lord Rahl died.

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    • House of Rain: 9 years ago

      The agiel is powered by Hannis Arc.

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    • Brogan McDonough: 7 years ago

      Had same question….???

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