Southern Nevada-based author Terry Goodkind, has passed away. His “Sword of Truth” fantasy novels became worldwide bestsellers and were the basis of a syndicated television series. The fans came to know about this via a post on his official facebook page.
“It is impossible to put into few words just how amazing of a man, a husband, a writer, a friend, and a human, Terry Goodkind truly was,” the post stated. “He is already desperately missed. We are forever grateful for him having shared his life’s work with all of us, as he was always grateful to be held in our hearts.”
According to the website of Goodkind’s publisher, Tor Books, Goodkind was 72, and his agent confirmed news of the author’s death. His books — fantasy novels and, later, several adult contemporary thrillers — have sold more than 26 million copies around the world and have been published in more than 20 languages, according to a bio on his webpage.
Goodkind was a woodworker and an artist before writing his first novel, “Wizard’s First Rule,” published in 1994. The novel, about a man who learns that he is a wizard whose destiny it is to save the world, became the first installment in the author’s epic series, “The Sword of Truth, which grew to include 17 novels published over 25 years.