Terry Goodkind
DIED
September 17, 2020
Terry Goodkind was an author known for his best-selling fantasy series ‘Sword of Truth.’

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Published by The Times and Democrat on Sep. 18, 2020.
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My favorite author in the world next to Robert Frost. WFR changed my heart and started me on a love affair with your writings. No other Author graces my bookcase. You will be missed.
Elginette Powell
October 21, 2020
I cant believe this bad news.
I am one of thousands readers books by Terry Goodkind.
I read every book, Mr. Terry Goodkind wrote.
His book – stories impact me very deeply on my personal life.
My heart is broken and I Im sad.
Mr. Goodkind was my Father “, Kahlan and Richard, my template.
Philosophy and fantasy in his books, lead me to my unknown ways .
Thank you Mr. Goodkind, I met “ you through your books.
You gave me more than Im able to tell .
My deepest condolance to all your family and friends .
Rest with Good Spirits Mr. Goodkind

Filip Lansky Zlebek
Europe / Czech Republic
Filip Lansky Zlebek
October 11, 2020
rescued*
(in memory of Terry Goodkind)
by Ruth Esther Gilmore

a puddle of expanding circles
a salmon-pink gait
library dust upon untied bookcases
sweet vanilla letters
on off-white pages
sun-filtered book spines
specks
as golden as fireflies
wrinkles under industrious brows

a carpet woven and brushed
the aged foundation of philosophy
and architecture and science
lifts a hand
ticks a curl
tucks a pen
my curiosity stands at the guarded gates
i am brimming with exhilaration and impatience

like a racing horse on the line of start
chomping on the leather
holding desires back
once throttled my impetus
as a listener of poetry and words
through letters
i am rescued and understood

*from the book braving life in these uncertain times (Geest-Verlag) by Ruth Esther Gilmore
Ruth Esther Gilmore
October 9, 2020
To Terry I would say that I could never wait for your next book and they never came quick enough. I wish I could tell stories the way you do. Thank you Friend. To Terry's friends and family, May your thoughts about him help bring some peace to you and comfort in time
Steve Brudvik
Friend
October 8, 2020
I found the Sword of Truth books when I needed them and they changed the way I thought about life and how I was living it. I named my first child/daughter Kahlan, I hope that conveys how much I loved his works. I added a picture of then 2 yo Kahlan, I hope it is appropriate.
Richard
October 6, 2020
Hi, I am sorry for your loss. He was one of my favorite authors. I can't stop reading his books. No matter how many times I have read any of them, I want to read it again.
Kristina Hisle
September 29, 2020
My condolences to the family. We do appreciate the novels, written. It allows, ones to travel in life, through our reading. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
September 26, 2020
I'm very sorry to hear of Terry passing. I was just looking up to see when the next book from the sword of truth would come out and I learned of his death. I will miss him!!
Terry Moore
Friend
September 25, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Goodkind family. His books got me through some of the darkest times of my life and he was an inspiration to millions of others.
Grant Frazier
September 24, 2020
My condolences for your loss. But his contribution touched the lives of many and that lives on. May you look to your creator for the comfort He promises to give to those who grieve.
Odette Wells
September 24, 2020
Mrs.Goodkind, I'm sorry for your loss your husband taught me to value myself and other he will be bmissed
Mathew Newcomb
Student
September 23, 2020
Scott Chamberland
September 23, 2020
His books got me through some pretty rough patches in life. When I first learned of his untimely passing, I felt as though I had lost a friend. His writing inspired me to start writing. My condolences to his family for this loss.
Steven Mullins
Friend
September 23, 2020
Terry opened up a world to me, and I'll be forever grateful for that. My heart aches from the loss of such an amazing person and writer.
Miriah F
Friend
September 23, 2020
Sending love and light
September 23, 2020
Many years ago, I found a book called "Wizard's First Rule". That book mesmerized me and beckoned me to follow Richard Rahl through a wondrous adventure. Terry became, and still is, my favorite author of all time. His ability to immerse me in his fantasy world and connect me to his characters is a rare trait among today's authors. I had no idea Terry was in poor health, and it has hit me hard...personally...to hear of his passing. My most sincere condolences and prayers for strength, healing, and blessings, go out to his family and friends. His legacy and his stories will live on. And every new reader who picks up a Sword of Truth series book will, no doubt, connect to him and become an avid admirer and fan. As Zeddicus Zuul Zorander often said of a terrible situation, "......bags." I think that sums it up.
Jason Harris
Friend
September 23, 2020
Sincerest sympathy for the loss the Goodkind family has suffered. May God who heals broken hearts comfort you at this extremely distressing time.
September 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family . May the true God comfort your broken hearts. For Psalms 50:15 says call and He will deliver in the day of distress.
September 23, 2020
Thank you for creating this world and family to join. You will be missed.
Briana
Acquaintance
September 23, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family Master Goodkind. Thank you for your stories, they changed my life .
Jamie Ward
September 23, 2020
I loved the series, My sister gifted me with the first book and then I got the rest and binged read until I caught up. Waiting for the releases was torture for me. Hate that it is over or is it?
Alice Roberts
Friend
September 23, 2020
Terry's books are works of sheer brilliance. His stories are engrossing and endearing. He draws readers into another world and yet this other world is highly symbolic of our own, making his books highly relatable and utterly timeless. I first started reading his novels as a teenager and 20 years later, I attribute my morals and ethics to his writing. He wove such powerful life lessons into each and every one of his books, all while making them one of the finest pieces of entertaining fiction ever. His wizards rules and compelling lessons have seen me through some of the darkest times in my life, and have inspired me to achieve my dreams and live my life to the fullest. I am forever thankful for the legacy he has left us with. Talga Vassternich.
Melanie Kuhn
September 23, 2020
I picked up Wizards first rule when I was 11 because I thought the cover looked interesting. Fast forward 19 years and these books have helped form the morals by which I live by today. Terry Goodkind’s characters have motivated and inspired me throughout my life and will continue to do so forever. His appreciation for life will always be remembered and his spirit will live on through those many people he has touched through his writing.
-you will be missed
September 22, 2020
Always hoped to have met you someday Terry... My heart is saddened to know that that day will never come... I have not read another Author since 1996... You were the best of the best!
RIP Mr. Goodkind
Jennifer
September 22, 2020
What a wonderful man . Sending love to his friends and loved ones .
Vanisha
Friend
September 22, 2020
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Goodkind, his books have had a profound effect on my life, and I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. His books were so dear to me, that I feel almost as though I've lost a friend. You were my favourite author. Rest in peace, Mr. Goodkind.
Tristan Cuschieri
Student
September 22, 2020
How can you not love the Sword of Truth series. Especially when the heros name is the same as mine. I met Terry at a book signing in Indianapolis years ago what a class act and will be surely missed. Rip Terry Goodkind keep the sword safe.
Richard Godan
Acquaintance
September 22, 2020
Your books made me a better man. Thank you.
Manuel Barriga
Student
September 22, 2020
When I was in high school, my father introduced me to Wizards First Rule. In a large way this book helped to shape my life. I devoured all the books following until Chainfire came out. I was so mad that I had to wait for more books because I had caught up the author. These books have helped me to understand life in a way that no other books could or have. The world has lost a true visionary and we are all a bit less for it. I am truly sorry for your loss and my thoughts go out to you at this time.
Salisbury
September 22, 2020
Dear Jeri, we are in utter shock and we can't imagine the pain in your heart and what you must be going through. We are so very sorry. Terry was such a bright light in this world. Your love for each other was beautiful and inspiring. Terry will live on in our hearts and minds and we will miss his wonderful intelect, his wit and his infectious laughter. He was a noble soul, a beautiful heart and a wonderful friend. It's so very hard not having been able to say good-bye to him. May he rest in peace knowing that the world is a better place because of him and that his light will keep on shining.

-Alicja, Karl and Kamil
Alicja Zemann
Friend
September 22, 2020
You touched more then just my heart you touched my mind. Your words have inspired me in so many ways. Thank you now and always and remember your words will live on forever. Thank you Terry
Jen Fletcher
Acquaintance
September 21, 2020
My condolences for your loss. Terry made an impact on my life and will be greatly missed. Know his passing is felt by myself and many others.
aimee kirschmann
Friend
September 21, 2020
May he spend his afterlife in the beautiful world he created.
Erik Rasmussen
September 21, 2020
Terry Goodkind created a fantastical world for readers to inhabit. I looked forward to every new adventure. He left a lasting legacy of incredible writing. My sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be sorely missed.
Dale Conrad
September 21, 2020
Thank you for sharing your creative mind with so many. Thank you for the inspiration and ability to get through hard times because of your worlds and people you created through your writings. Your books have been a saving grace to myself and so many others. Thank you for all the great books, may your legacy never die and live on for generations to come within the writing community.
Erica Bishop
September 21, 2020
Nothing is ever easy. My condolences to his family and team. Mr Goodkind never will be forgotten. His stories, characters and worlds will ever live on. May the Creator guide your way.
Jan Koesters
September 21, 2020
“Your life is yours alone, rise up and live it.”
September 20, 2020
My heart is broken hearing this news, RIP Terry! Be at peace!
Gordon Nenka
Family
September 20, 2020
My love and condolences to his Wife who must be a truly amazing person. I heard him say that his amazing female characters were inspired by her. His books have been a huge piece of my life. I am very grateful for his amazing books.
Mae O
September 20, 2020
Thank you,for all the adventures we traveled thru. You made us feel we knew every person in your books. Thank you again,and bless you
Carolyn Gilbertson
Friend
September 20, 2020
Jeri, I am more than shocked to read of dear Terry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you sweetie. I think about you often. I lost my husband 6 years ago suddenly dying in my arms. Let the memories of Terry and his love for you and all the accomplishments he achieved. He was a very gifted man in so many ways.
Karen Calabro
Coworker
September 20, 2020
I recently downsized my library significantly as I was moving and I kept select books and Terry's books were foremost among the ones I will not part with! He was a phenomenal writer and I so much look forward to reading all of his works again! The "Sword of Truth" series is incredible! What an Epic! So very sorry to hear of Mr. Goodkinds passing so young. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Ronald Barnes
September 20, 2020
His work was amazing; the universe he created was astonishing, detailed, and espoused the common sense principles that should be reflected in everyone - self sufficient lives, compassion, integrity, good moral compasses, and standing up to the tyrannies that threaten to crush liberties that so many take for granted. Thank you for the journey. Thank you for allowing us to see what the journey should be. May your journey continue in whatever universe you imagined it would be. Bon voyage.
Stormy Knight
Acquaintance
September 20, 2020
Will Miss Him
Alice Harrison
September 20, 2020
Terry Goodkind is the reason that I found my joy in reading. I didn’t read very much before a friend introduced me to mister Goodkind’s work. After I read his sword of truth series it opened up a whole new, amazing world of fantasy novels. My favorite authors are passing away and it is leaving a whole that can never be filled. When Robert Jordan passed I was brought to tears. Now I am experiencing that sadness once again. The world will never be the same without you Mister Goodkind. Bless you and your family.
Adam Calder
Friend
September 20, 2020
To the man who saved my life with Richard and Kahlan more than once, you will always be remembered.
Shanda Rudder-Amnell
September 20, 2020
Condolences to the family and friends of Terry Goodkind. Even though I never got to meet him personally, his books were the only light in my darkness as a teenager and helped me grow and become a better person. I will never forget how much he inspired me. He will be missed tremendously.
Desiree Martin
September 20, 2020
My sincerest condolences to Terry's family, friends and fans.

Like so many, Terry's works have meant so very much to me and helped to keep me on my true course. Your legacy will live on always.

We carry the sword within us.
Paul Teague
September 20, 2020
Terry saved me in middle school he let me leave this world behind even if it was just for a little bit thats all i needed. He will forever and always be my favorite author.
Hallie Wilson
September 20, 2020
I became a writer because of him. I owe my career and success to him, he changed my life. I could not imagine how far I've come in a few years. I hope people remember his enthusiasm and passion for life. I send my sincere condolences to his family and hope they gain strength in knowing he touched so many lives.
Jeff
September 20, 2020
My condolences to Mr. Goodkind's family. He was an amazing author. His words were a light in a world of darkness that will forever be missed.
Kevin Fairchild
September 20, 2020
He was an amazing author! I am so glad that he finished the SOT series before he passed. His books are one of my all time favourite series!
Gayle Maas
September 20, 2020
You put into words thoughts about personal issues and standards of society that many if us feel but could not express. Your Wizard's Rules are a wonderful legacy for all who enjoyed your works and admired you. Much love to your family. Nothing is ever easy.
Donna Koontz
Student
September 20, 2020
Thank you Terry for the magnificent gifts you gave to me and all of your fans.
You’ll stay with us all in your beautiful words and the lessons, wisdom and joy your stories gave us.
I’ll think of you every time I look at my daughter, who I named Kahlan in honour of the noble, brave, kind, and strong character you created in the hope that my child would grow to have her spirit.
Kristy
September 20, 2020
To the Goodkind Family,
My family and I send you our deepest condolences. Though his stories can never replace that man that he was, keep in heart that he will forever live on through his tales of Richard and Kahlan. While all of us are stricken with the sadness of his passing, it pales in the comparison of your loss. For us fans we lost an author and celebrity, but for you, you lost a father, husband, brother, and son.
Terry Goodkind was a great and honorable man, who will be greatly missed. May he live in peace with the Creator, beyond the veil.
Sincerely and whole heartedly,
A fan.
A Fan
Acquaintance
September 20, 2020
One of my favorite authors, he will be missed.
James Smith
September 20, 2020
Please accept my deepest condolences to the Goodkind Family, May your hearts be massaged with peace from the God of Comfort who supplies His everlasting love and tender care as you lean on His arm of strength each day to cope with the precious loss in your lives.
BRY
September 20, 2020
Condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort help you cope with this loss.
R N
September 20, 2020
Tabitha Kanea
September 20, 2020
A true giant in the realms of fantasy writing his yearly bright light and anticipated book waiting to be read is gone condolences to his family
Stephen Hall
September 20, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. You changed my life and your words gave me comfort and friendship.
Patricia Servin
Friend
September 20, 2020
He always will stay my favorite author and will be in my mind.
I wish his friends a d family strength in these days.
Tonnie Grijze
Acquaintance
September 20, 2020
I send my heartfelt condolences to Mr Goodkind's family, friends, and other fans. Your works will keep your name with the other greats for all time. May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.
Cary Begole
Friend
September 20, 2020
Rip Terry Goodkind
Elisabeth Anderson
Student
September 20, 2020
Thank you for sharing your stories with the world. You are my favourite fantasy author. I really love your books. I hope you may rest in peace.
Vicky Blockhuys
September 20, 2020
He was the reason I first took a step into fantasy. I have never looked back.
Jon Lucas
September 20, 2020
My condoleances to the family. His books were my introduction to fantasy and helped my in my childhood. His departe is a great list to the world and he will be greatly mist
Richard van Vlaanderen
September 20, 2020
Thank you for all the enjoyment and memories your books gave me and my daughters over the years. You will be surly missed. God bless your family
Wesley Drake
Friend
September 20, 2020
Thank you for the adventure. WFR saved my life. I am eternally grateful to have found your books.
Michele Udy
September 20, 2020
You have made my world better. You have made me a better person. You have made the worlds of people I touch better. I will miss your stories but I will live the ones you gave us over and over. I will make sure your legacy keeps living and help more people know your world. I really believe it can help save lives.
Janae Vandeventer
September 20, 2020
Your books have meant so much to me. Thank you! Deep condolences to your family and friends.
Claudia Giacomelli
September 20, 2020
Thank you for the memories.
Conrad Kovash
September 20, 2020
Thank you for all the wonderful memories I have because I fell in love with Richard and Kahlan. You saved me from my reality growing up and I will forever be grateful. Your legacy will live on in all your fans hearts. May you rest in peace. My deepest condolences to your family.
Briana Bueno
Friend
September 20, 2020
Whilst you have left us, your words will remain
leigh
September 19, 2020
Terry Goodkind was my favorite author. I was sad to hear of his passing and send my heartfelt condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing Terry with the world, his work literally took me away from the world and all of my worries. I could escape for a few hours here and there and I enjoyed every minute of being with Richard, Kahlan and the rest of the characters in his stories. It was like being in another world. He is the only author that has ever pulled me into a story that way. I am rereading his first few books again for the third time and the rest of them for the second beginning with WFR. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful world.
Heather Robertson
September 19, 2020
Laura van Outer
September 19, 2020
Thank you and rest well.
Marcia Campbell
September 19, 2020
Jeri, thank you for sharing your husband with all of us for so many years. Terry said he was always working and never took vacations so you allowed us to have him alot. His stories have opened my eyes to many things in life and in our world. I have read and reread all of his books over 20 times each and still gain great pleasure reading them. Please take comfort in knowing he touched so many and will continue to do so for many years to come. May you find peace in the knowledge he will not be forgotten
CHRISTOPHER Southwell
September 19, 2020
Sam Fisher
September 19, 2020
You took the time to inspire me as a child, you taught me that good people truly exist. You responded to a little boy's letter. You made me feel like I was important.

Through your works and your actions, you inspired me to be someone greater. I will miss you dearly. I will never forget you. You were the ripple in the pond.

RIP.
Daniel Cauble
Acquaintance
September 19, 2020
On September 17th, 2020 many of us lost a mentor, teacher, a parental figuer, and most of all a light in the dark, that many of us so desperately needed. He was able to give us that push to be better then we thought and stronger then we ever knew. Many of us would not be the people we are today without that light in our life. To me and many he was that pebble in the pond. The ripple that he was able to create made so many us better then we thought we could be. And to that we are all thankful for him and the stories he gave us. Now it our turn to go on our adventures and see where life will lead us. It is with the utmost respect and love i say "Thank you Mr. Terry Goodkind, for what you have given us." And to his wife Jeri who shared him with us. Thank you for your generosity.
Jesus Macias
Friend
September 19, 2020
He influenced me as a person at the perfect and mish absorbent period of growth. Whenever I share these characters with others they all exclaim that I am a reflection of each of them. I can say without shame that I absolutely loved who he was.
Chris Haynie
Student
September 19, 2020
Thank you for sharing your life and your imagination with us. It's helped so many through tough times. It's helped me grow as a person thanks to all of the wonderful characters in your books. Rest in peace knowing that you've left you've touched millions of heart and left your mark in the all. We are all better thanks to you.
Daniel Silva
Student
September 19, 2020
Your books have meant so much to my husband and I. Thank you! Deep condolences to your family and friends. You are missed the world over.
Robyn Cain
Acquaintance
September 19, 2020
Travel in starlight, Terry, and thanks for the amazing books. You will live on in your characters and continue to give your fans pleasure.
Xanxa Symanah
September 19, 2020
Thank you Terry, for the huge impact you had on my life. For never having seen each other face to face or even at all; you have left marks in my life that will never fade. From vibrant worlds to unforgettable characters who grew and morphed and changed and lived and died like real people to the Wizard's Rules that shaped my mind. You were a genius and a friend in my darkest times. You've brought me friends and strengthened bonds between others. Your life is an Era, an epoch, a legend, and a legacy that should go on forever. Thank you and may you rest in peace my friend.
Michael Nowak
Friend
September 19, 2020
The best author of all time. My condolences go out to his family & friends.
Heather Maddox
Friend
September 19, 2020
The world has lost an amazing author. The world will be impoverished by his passing.
Stephen Mallett
September 19, 2020
So very sad to lose such a beautiful mind and person. You changed my life.
Kerri Walker
September 19, 2020
Thank You Terry, I have been a fan for 22 years, Spoke to my family and friends of The Sword of Truth Books that I so enjoyed and collected. Loved his mind and stories. You will be greatly missed.
Maureen Miller
September 19, 2020
The world will miss a guiding light.
William Selement
Student
September 19, 2020
Robert Stirman
September 19, 2020
My heart breaks with this loss. Terry was one of the most influential people, outside of my family, in my early adult life. The world lost one of its greats. He will be missed.
Adam Evans
Student
September 19, 2020
The Sword of Truth books changed my life in a few different ways. All for the better. I am so glad these books found their way into my life. Thank you Mr. Goodkind
Nichole Lovett
Friend
September 19, 2020
Terry Goodkind was an incredible author who brought a myriad of characters to life in a wonderful and believable way. I am honored to have seen into his life through the lens of his books. His books helped me through two deployments to Iraq and the PTSD that followed, not only as an escape, but as an example of how to handle difficult times. Jeri and family, you have my love and condolences.
Joshua Perusse
Student
September 19, 2020
Rest in Peace and my sincere condolences to all of Terry Goodkind's family, friends and fans which I definitely count myself among. His novels first came into my life as a teenager and in no small way shaped how I view things like honor, loyalty and reason. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Aimee Simmons
September 19, 2020
Thank you for your amazing work
Rebecca Geary
September 19, 2020
His books guided me through my teenage years, and reading them is like visiting old, much beloved friends. My thoughts are with his family and friends right now, and I hope they can take comfort knowing his life has touched so many.
Nichole Mayes
September 19, 2020
Your lose will be felt and shared around the world. To the man who's words changed my life, thank you.
Heath Lindholm
September 19, 2020
He has been one of my favourite authors since Wizards First Rule paperback came out in '97.

I've already picked WFR back up to reread, I can't believe he's gone.

"In this world everyone must die. None of us has any choice in that. Our choice is how we wish to live." Wizards 14th Rule. He was famous in life, in death he's a legend to everyone that loves his work.

My heart is with the family and friends at this time. Rest well Terry, you've earned it.
Graeme Wilson
September 19, 2020