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From the internationally bestselling author of the Sword of Truth series comes a new Richard and Kahlan novella. "They are the monsters under the bed when you are little, the shape just caught out of the corner of your eye when you thought you were alone, the shadow of something in a dark corner that surprises you and then isn't there. They stop you dead with a knot of une From the internationally bestselling author of the Sword of Truth series comes a new Richard and Kahlan novella. "They are the monsters under the bed when you are little, the shape just caught out of the corner of your eye when you thought you were alone, the shadow of something in a dark corner that surprises you and then isn't there. They stop you dead with a knot of unexpected terror in the pit of your stomach. We have all seen fleeting glimpses of them. Never long enough to see them as I saw them, but it was them. I recognized it the instant I saw it. "We've all seen flashes of them, the dark shadow just out of sight. They could briefly terrify us before but never hurt us because they came from so far distant. They were never able to fully materialize in our world so we saw only transient glimpses of them, the shape of them if the light was just right, if the shadows were deep enough . . . if you were afraid enough. "I think that the star shift has brought us closer to their realm so that they now have the power to step into our world and hurt us." — Kahlan Amnell.


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From the internationally bestselling author of the Sword of Truth series comes a new Richard and Kahlan novella. "They are the monsters under the bed when you are little, the shape just caught out of the corner of your eye when you thought you were alone, the shadow of something in a dark corner that surprises you and then isn't there. They stop you dead with a knot of une From the internationally bestselling author of the Sword of Truth series comes a new Richard and Kahlan novella. "They are the monsters under the bed when you are little, the shape just caught out of the corner of your eye when you thought you were alone, the shadow of something in a dark corner that surprises you and then isn't there. They stop you dead with a knot of unexpected terror in the pit of your stomach. We have all seen fleeting glimpses of them. Never long enough to see them as I saw them, but it was them. I recognized it the instant I saw it. "We've all seen flashes of them, the dark shadow just out of sight. They could briefly terrify us before but never hurt us because they came from so far distant. They were never able to fully materialize in our world so we saw only transient glimpses of them, the shape of them if the light was just right, if the shadows were deep enough . . . if you were afraid enough. "I think that the star shift has brought us closer to their realm so that they now have the power to step into our world and hurt us." — Kahlan Amnell.

30 review for The Scribbly Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I picked this up from the library a little out of nostalgia, but also with some heavy reservations. Terry Goodkind is just not very good. Since it's only about 150 pages, I figured I'd give it a chance, and sure enough, it's classic Terry Goodkind. 🗸 Dumb Characters that do dumb things 🗸 Shrieking hysterical women mad at their man 🗸 Thinly veiled sexualization 🗸 Hints of rape 🗸 Perfect character types showing up at the right time 🗸 Looping repetition in dialogue and otherwise 🗸 Repetition that lo I picked this up from the library a little out of nostalgia, but also with some heavy reservations. Terry Goodkind is just not very good. Since it's only about 150 pages, I figured I'd give it a chance, and sure enough, it's classic Terry Goodkind. 🗸 Dumb Characters that do dumb things 🗸 Shrieking hysterical women mad at their man 🗸 Thinly veiled sexualization 🗸 Hints of rape 🗸 Perfect character types showing up at the right time 🗸 Looping repetition in dialogue and otherwise 🗸 Repetition that loops in various methods 🗸 Talking down to the reader and/or overexplaining things So yea, exactly as I would expect a Terry Goodkind story to go. The problem is, he has good ideas and great descriptions (usually) and I think the books could potentially be very good...if written by someone else. If the Sword of Truth series was rewritten by a Brandon Sanderson or GRR Martin, it would probably be 5 stars. I may or may not pick up the next in this series of Novellas, assuming they don't get lengthy (I don't hold my breath).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Scribbly Man by Terry Good kind and narrated by John Skelley is pretty darn good! A god demanding surrender, a creature killing and attacking animals/people, suspense, magic, and more. Very good for a short book. Good narration!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So SPOILERS!!!! When it comes to Goodkind, I've literally read them all. Richard and Kahlan formed the basis of my love of fantasy as a teenager and I have followed their story through the good, bad and ugly. I found this to be better than his most recent works. The writing is much more what we loved from the beginning of SOT. However, the story was what fell short to me. He really seems to be stretching to create new stories and honestly Kahlan (who has always been my favorite) charging in to u So SPOILERS!!!! When it comes to Goodkind, I've literally read them all. Richard and Kahlan formed the basis of my love of fantasy as a teenager and I have followed their story through the good, bad and ugly. I found this to be better than his most recent works. The writing is much more what we loved from the beginning of SOT. However, the story was what fell short to me. He really seems to be stretching to create new stories and honestly Kahlan (who has always been my favorite) charging in to use her power only to be thwarted is really getting old. The constant recaps took over most of the story, and I swear every woman with magic that Richard sees has to be strikingly beautiful. The ending was also quite predictable. Essentially Richard and Kahlan are confronted with some godlike being that wants to take over their world. Richard continues to be the most specialest of specials, though he is viewed as weak because he hasn't given Kahlan children. It is then revealed that she is pregnant with twins (a boy and a girl because of course.) I hope this builds up to something much better. Terry does great with thriller style books, but I am not so sure about mixing that with SOT. To me is was closer to 3 stars, but I'm a faithful reader and will give it 4 just because I am so happy his writing and editing is going back to what it used to be.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Walle

    full review later.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    I was not impressed. I read this without reading The Oman Machine or any of the books after that, which didn't affect my understanding of the book too much, because half of itwas the author relating the events of those books. The otehr half was way too much detail about magic and the palace. This felt like it could have been three to four chapters of an actual book. I was not impressed. I read this without reading The Oman Machine or any of the books after that, which didn't affect my understanding of the book too much, because half of itwas the author relating the events of those books. The otehr half was way too much detail about magic and the palace. This felt like it could have been three to four chapters of an actual book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    The Scribbly Man by Terry Goodkind is the first book in his new Children of D’Hara series. This is a novella that returns us to the world of Richard and Kahlan, not too long after the Sword of Truth series ended. From Terry’s site, he states that he will be bringing out novellas in this series every 3 months. Having read all of Goodkind’s Sword of Truth, I was anxious to spend time with Richard and Kahlan; the Mord-Sith, as well as finding out more of their children. The Scribbly Man, starts with The Scribbly Man by Terry Goodkind is the first book in his new Children of D’Hara series. This is a novella that returns us to the world of Richard and Kahlan, not too long after the Sword of Truth series ended. From Terry’s site, he states that he will be bringing out novellas in this series every 3 months. Having read all of Goodkind’s Sword of Truth, I was anxious to spend time with Richard and Kahlan; the Mord-Sith, as well as finding out more of their children. The Scribbly Man, starts with Richard and Kahlan meeting openly with those who have requests or complaints. Then someone comes to threaten them to give up their world to a “Golden Goddess”, especially since at this time in their lives, they do not have children who would carry their name. An angry Kahlan takes this man to a private room to question him and use her powers as Mother Confessor to get the truth out of him. Richard also comes face to face with a female sorcerer, Shale, who tells him about strange and bloody happenings in her home of the snowbound North Waste. Richard is then summoned to help Kahlan, who started using her powers in the locked room, and all hell is breaking loose. He runs to rescue her, and uses his own powerful ability to break into the room, and find Kahlan seriously injured. It will be Shale, who is also a healer, who will work to save Kahlan. What follows is an intense, fast paced story that will change everything in their world, and learn what is needed to stop this evil being, before they destroy everything and everyone. When Kahlan becomes healthy, she and soon Shale will work on the man who eyes are being seen through by the Golden Goddess, and they learn more and more about this evil person or persons in another world. To tell too much more would be spoilers, but this was an interesting exciting storyline, and enjoyable when we watch Richard, Kahlan, the mord-sith bring back so many wonderful memories. The Scribbly Man ends as we learn more about the evil out there, and the future books where I expect to meet The Children of D’Hara. Welcome back to the world of Richard and Kahlan. Barb The Reading Cafe

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I thought this was the first book in a new series. But it turns out this is the first book in a new series that picks up after the end of the last series involving the same characters. And the series is about 15 books long!! Don’t know if I want to continue. Starting a new series is a huge commitment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    April

    It wasn’t bad. I’m just worried about this new form. The brevity of the story is so much a departure from the other books in the series, and it felt unfinished. It feels almost as if Goodkind is writing a long book in short installments in order to cash in more frequently. It felt like a commercial move rather than an artistic one. This probably won’t keep me from buying the next one, which, I suppose, means it was a good decision for him (but feels like he respects his readers less).

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Staniforth

    Great story, but way too short. Much as I enjoy Goodkind’s writing, I can’t abide novels split into bite size portions, especially at a cost of £7.99 (glad they had it at the library, otherwise I would not have read it). Goodkind’s books are normally 800 pages long, so the full story will presumably cost £32. A star knocked off for that, and another star for it being incomplete; when I see novela, I think short story, not cash-in serialisation.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    I really enjoyed this. To start off, I'm a huge fan of Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series. Yes, there are books that I like more than others, but overall I enjoyed the series and the characters. It was nice to have a novella that delved back into that world, that wasn't Nicci & Nathan's story because honestly, while I like those too, I missed Richard and Kahlan and all of the mord-sith and I'm happy to be back in this world. I'm really looking forward to reading this series, hopefully qu I really enjoyed this. To start off, I'm a huge fan of Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series. Yes, there are books that I like more than others, but overall I enjoyed the series and the characters. It was nice to have a novella that delved back into that world, that wasn't Nicci & Nathan's story because honestly, while I like those too, I missed Richard and Kahlan and all of the mord-sith and I'm happy to be back in this world. I'm really looking forward to reading this series, hopefully quickly.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charles Alvarez

    Wow, a new danger puts a damper on the “Golden Age” No spoilers for this novella of the ever changing drama that is the lives of Richard and Kahlan. Life isn’t what we expect it to be as there’s never a moment of peace with these two...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Despite both the length of this book as well as my rating, let me start off by saying I will definitely be reading the second in this collection. I read the first seven books in this epic saga several years ago and enjoyed them. The reason I didn't continue with them was largely due to their length (easily over 600 pages each). I enjoyed the characters immensely and was glad to have revisited this adventure with them. Despite both the length of this book as well as my rating, let me start off by saying I will definitely be reading the second in this collection. I read the first seven books in this epic saga several years ago and enjoyed them. The reason I didn't continue with them was largely due to their length (easily over 600 pages each). I enjoyed the characters immensely and was glad to have revisited this adventure with them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    It is a shame this book was so short, the return to the charcters I grew up with and loved was to short lived. The is an excellent beginning to this series of books. I can't wait until the next installment comes out. This is an excellent reminder of why Terry Goodkind is my favorite author. It is a shame this book was so short, the return to the charcters I grew up with and loved was to short lived. The is an excellent beginning to this series of books. I can't wait until the next installment comes out. This is an excellent reminder of why Terry Goodkind is my favorite author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I really loved the original series. Richard always inspired me, made me want to think more, become more, value life. I admired him. That stopped sometime during the last series. He stopped being fair... stopped caring... stopped thinking... it's like when Zedd died his brain and heart died too. I keep reading hoping he will be back... only to be disapointed. I would give the original series a billion stars... this barely gets two from me I really loved the original series. Richard always inspired me, made me want to think more, become more, value life. I admired him. That stopped sometime during the last series. He stopped being fair... stopped caring... stopped thinking... it's like when Zedd died his brain and heart died too. I keep reading hoping he will be back... only to be disapointed. I would give the original series a billion stars... this barely gets two from me

  15. 4 out of 5

    bella

    1/5 Decently interesting premise, but if I have to read about this goddamn author waxing poetic abt the female characters' "figures" or "gorgeous physiques" I'm gonna lose my mind. This dude clearly has some issues imagining female protagonists with any characteristics beyond Physically Attractive & Powerful. This shit was so annoying plz don't make me read any more male fantasy authors 1/5 Decently interesting premise, but if I have to read about this goddamn author waxing poetic abt the female characters' "figures" or "gorgeous physiques" I'm gonna lose my mind. This dude clearly has some issues imagining female protagonists with any characteristics beyond Physically Attractive & Powerful. This shit was so annoying plz don't make me read any more male fantasy authors

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So SPOILERS!!!! When it comes to Goodkind, I've literally read them all. Richard and Kahlan formed the basis of my love of fantasy as a teenager and I have followed their story through the good, bad and ugly. I found this to be better than his most recent works. The writing is much more what we loved from the beginning of SOT. However, the story was what fell short to me. He really seems to be stretching to create new stories and honestly Kahlan (who has always been my favorite) charging in to u So SPOILERS!!!! When it comes to Goodkind, I've literally read them all. Richard and Kahlan formed the basis of my love of fantasy as a teenager and I have followed their story through the good, bad and ugly. I found this to be better than his most recent works. The writing is much more what we loved from the beginning of SOT. However, the story was what fell short to me. He really seems to be stretching to create new stories and honestly Kahlan (who has always been my favorite) charging in to use her power only to be thwarted is really getting old. The constant recaps took over most of the story, and I swear every woman with magic that Richard sees has to be strikingly beautiful. The ending was also quite predictable. Essentially Richard and Kahlan are confronted with some godlike being that wants to take over their world. Richard continues to be the most specialest of specials, though he is viewed as weak because he hasn't given Kahlan children. It is then revealed that she is pregnant with twins (a boy and a girl because of course.) I hope this builds up to something much better. Terry does great with thriller style books, but I am not so sure about mixing that with SOT. To me is was closer to 3 stars, but I'm a faithful reader and will give it 4 just because I am so happy his writing and editing is going back to what it used to be.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Blake Johnson

    "I am the seeker." He tapped the hilt of his sword. "I carry the sword of truth. I ask those things which need asking." This will be a brief review, because I am doing a double feature of the two books for my instagram page @neatlypublished. I don't know if this is a thing yet, but I am doing a #shortbookseptember I picked these up from the new releases from my library! "Prophecy is alien to the world of life. It was long ago sent here from the timeless world of the dead." I was impressed by this o "I am the seeker." He tapped the hilt of his sword. "I carry the sword of truth. I ask those things which need asking." This will be a brief review, because I am doing a double feature of the two books for my instagram page @neatlypublished. I don't know if this is a thing yet, but I am doing a #shortbookseptember I picked these up from the new releases from my library! "Prophecy is alien to the world of life. It was long ago sent here from the timeless world of the dead." I was impressed by this one, as I myself have seen a scribbly man. Kind of scared my socks off when I read that part. It was a good duology though. "Our lives are all changed- mine included. Life is about change. Change has both good and bad elements to it. You can either deal with the way things have changed and move forward, or you can let bitterness about what's lost in the past rob you of your future."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jon Mills

    I absolutely loved this novella. It was quick paced, and I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to keep up with the story. I am eagerly awaiting the next book and I hope it's as good as the first! I would love to go into more detail about the story and the synopsis, but I would rather sound a bit cryptic than accidentally dropping spoilers for the Sword of Truth saga. I absolutely loved this novella. It was quick paced, and I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to keep up with the story. I am eagerly awaiting the next book and I hope it's as good as the first! I would love to go into more detail about the story and the synopsis, but I would rather sound a bit cryptic than accidentally dropping spoilers for the Sword of Truth saga.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Granda

    I've often wanted to read a book by Terry Goodkind, even have some in my library, so I thought with this being a short book I couldn't resist. I loved the flow of the book, although it could easily become confusing as sci fi sometimes does, it didn't. The characters were developed as well as can be in a short book. The story is imaginative and engrossing. I would recommend it. I've often wanted to read a book by Terry Goodkind, even have some in my library, so I thought with this being a short book I couldn't resist. I loved the flow of the book, although it could easily become confusing as sci fi sometimes does, it didn't. The characters were developed as well as can be in a short book. The story is imaginative and engrossing. I would recommend it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Maloyed

    Knowing that this book was a novella, I struggled with reading or waiting. Of course I couldn't wait ! I sat down and couldn't put the book down! There are new characters and of course new troubles. I am eagerly waiting for the next book. Knowing that this book was a novella, I struggled with reading or waiting. Of course I couldn't wait ! I sat down and couldn't put the book down! There are new characters and of course new troubles. I am eagerly waiting for the next book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Titilayo

    I don't know what Terry Goodkind plans to unleash on D'Hara, but I'm here for it!! I don't know what Terry Goodkind plans to unleash on D'Hara, but I'm here for it!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    J Garcia

    Another great book by Terry Goodkind. Love this series. Reading about wizards is amazing. Keeps you interested and wanting more. Cant wait to read part 2 next. Keep up the good work Mr. Goodkind. 😊

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Not a good one. The writing is so lackluster. I miss the original Sword of Truth books. 😓

  24. 5 out of 5

    Helle

    Terry Goodkind was never able to really close the world and the characters he created in The Sword of Truth series, until sadly he died earlier this year. The Scribbly Man is a short novel, introducing new problems for Richard and Kahlan and the people who rely upon them to keep the hard-won peace. Original? No, Goodkind had done it before, and better. To be honest this was not much more than an introduction into something bigger. Good to return to Richard and Kahlan in the d’Haran Empire? Absol Terry Goodkind was never able to really close the world and the characters he created in The Sword of Truth series, until sadly he died earlier this year. The Scribbly Man is a short novel, introducing new problems for Richard and Kahlan and the people who rely upon them to keep the hard-won peace. Original? No, Goodkind had done it before, and better. To be honest this was not much more than an introduction into something bigger. Good to return to Richard and Kahlan in the d’Haran Empire? Absolutely, and I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this short spin-off series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew R

    Omg Fast paced leaves you wanting more as usual with these books you are drawn in and don’t want them to end

  26. 5 out of 5

    itchy

    brief synopsis: a ridiculously short piece set in the sword of truth universe where other previously unknown inhabitants of said universe make themselves known in a manner that would justify giorgio tsoukalos. setting: mostly the people's palace named personalities: richard rahl - the (view spoiler)[shiny man (hide spoiler)] kahlan - the mother confessor who has a world-shaking revelation at the end vika - a mord-sith who has taken cara's place nolodondri 'nolo' - an estonian consul general who served a brief synopsis: a ridiculously short piece set in the sword of truth universe where other previously unknown inhabitants of said universe make themselves known in a manner that would justify giorgio tsoukalos. setting: mostly the people's palace named personalities: richard rahl - the (view spoiler)[shiny man (hide spoiler)] kahlan - the mother confessor who has a world-shaking revelation at the end vika - a mord-sith who has taken cara's place nolodondri 'nolo' - an estonian consul general who served as the conduit for the golden goddess cassia - another mord-sith berdine - ditto the golden goddess - an other-worldly entity who commanded the surrender of richard and kahlan's world in absentia the scribbly man - the eponymous mysterious other-worldly entity shale - a unique sorceress vale - still another mord-sith rikka - ditto nyda - mord-sith number 6 jason - an aide to the estonian consul general i'm not sure i like the direction this one is heading. we'll see. it looks like there are four more. kahlan is obstinate as the underworld.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Really nice beginning and introduction to this world. The narrator wasn't great at first, but was better once I was used to his intonation and delivery. Good fantasy novel, and I look forward to reading more in this series. Really nice beginning and introduction to this world. The narrator wasn't great at first, but was better once I was used to his intonation and delivery. Good fantasy novel, and I look forward to reading more in this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jala

    Lovely I missed Richard and Kahland. I missed their world. I'm glad to have found it again. Looking forward to more Lovely I missed Richard and Kahland. I missed their world. I'm glad to have found it again. Looking forward to more

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Cl

    I just read this book, and i'm not quite sure what to think. And I have these thoughts: - Why is yet again this story filled with heavily hurted characters? - Mysterious saviours arriving on that same time? - Yet again "a world that's going to end" feeling? I mean to say, I love Richard & Kahlan and I hoped for something more. Some more happiness, or a more aftermath story in a peacefull kind of world. And I think there are spelling mistakes in my book! On the back it states "Shale" and in the book it I just read this book, and i'm not quite sure what to think. And I have these thoughts: - Why is yet again this story filled with heavily hurted characters? - Mysterious saviours arriving on that same time? - Yet again "a world that's going to end" feeling? I mean to say, I love Richard & Kahlan and I hoped for something more. Some more happiness, or a more aftermath story in a peacefull kind of world. And I think there are spelling mistakes in my book! On the back it states "Shale" and in the book it says "Schalie". But I'm quite sure I will buy the next book! #3wordresume Threat - Reign - Descendant

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Lenssen

    Due to stress related problems i began a search to find ways to relax and to get my mind off things. So i went to the bookstore and gave reading a book a try. I’m a big sci fi and fantasy fan and for that reason the employee recommended terry goodkind and sold me his latest series. For me it is an instant succes and the story sucked me in, in such a way I instantly bought #2 and #3 ( # is not yet available in the Netherlands). Some background of swords of truth series comes in handy, but without Due to stress related problems i began a search to find ways to relax and to get my mind off things. So i went to the bookstore and gave reading a book a try. I’m a big sci fi and fantasy fan and for that reason the employee recommended terry goodkind and sold me his latest series. For me it is an instant succes and the story sucked me in, in such a way I instantly bought #2 and #3 ( # is not yet available in the Netherlands). Some background of swords of truth series comes in handy, but without that knowledge it is a good read and easy to follow. The characters are will written and described, the story is great and kept me going.

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