“Sometimes, you make a lousy wind of death.” – Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Books
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We had a relaxing trip to Barnes and Noble the other day.  Sat in their fluffy chairs, sipped coffee and read.  I am very fond of these trips. A whole store of unreleased characters at my finger tips! Anyway, on this particular relaxing trip I picked up Debt of Bones and read it in the 2 hours we were there. So it’s obviously fairly short, but very interesting to those Sword of Truth lovers out there.

Debt of Bones is a prequel novella to Terry Brooks’ Sword of Truth series.  As with most prequels, it is necessary to have at least begun the series before reading this story to understand the importance of the events taking place.  In this case, Debt of Bones takes a critical historical event discussed throughout the Sword of Truth, and tells the story how The Boundary was created and a nation saved. A generation before The Wizard’s First Rule begins, a young First Wizard Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander is on the brink of losing The Midlands to the swarms of D’Haran soldiers and evils conjured by Panis Rahl.  With fewer and fewer options available, he convinces the council that it is time to invoke the spell he uncovered that will breach the barrier between the underworld and the living world, thus creating The Boundary between D’Hara and the Midlands, and between the Midlands and Westland.  When a woman requests to see him in the Wizard’s Keep, she reveals the skull of her mother which carries with it the Debt of Bones, which passed from Zed’s father to him and from her mother to her.  Invoking the debt, she insists Zed help her get her captured family back from the D’Haran camp. Fulfilling the debt, Zed goes with her, risking betrayal and capture.

I love these types of prequels: novellas that take a particular character or event from a larger series and give life to that story.  New Spring from the Wheel of Time series is another fabulous example.  Long running series often have history and characters that are briefly mentioned, but I would love to know more about.  In the Sword of Truth series, the erection of The Boundaries was a pivotal moment in the history of the story.  Another Sword of Truth novella I would love to read would contain Adie’s story. What was her life like?

Who’s story would you like to know more about?


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