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Death's Mistress

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Terry Goodkind

Narrated By: Christina Traister

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: January 2017

Duration: 19 hours 16 minutes


One-time lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, known as "Death's Mistress" and the "Slave Queen," the deadly Nicci captured Richard Rahl in order to convince him that the Imperial Order stood for the greater good. But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their closest friends-and one of their most lethal defenders.

Now, with the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilized, Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures. One of her jobs will be to keep her traveling companion, the unworldly prophet Nathan, out of trouble. But her real task will be to scout the far reaches of Richard Rahl's realm. This will take her and Nathan to visit the mysterious witch-woman Red, to tangle with the street life of the port city of Tanimura, to fight lethal battles on the high seas, and ultimately to a vast magical confrontation far from home...with the future of life itself, in the Old World and the New, at stake.

Full of life and story, this is a sweeping, engaging tale in the grand Goodkind manner.


  • Jeff L.

    This book is about the place where he stopped writing science fiction and switched to libertarian propaganda. The big old bad meanie is supposed to be a socialist while the hero is an Ayn Rand figure who somehow changes the world with his purity of effort. When he carves his capitalist statue, all the rest of the world, having only seen socialist statues, is gripped in awe and religious fervor and most in the population realize that they have to change their ways. In fact, the premise is so ridiculous that rather than propaganda, a better term is probably libertarian porn.

  • ann w

    I was looking forward to another captivating adventure. This book fell way short of all of the other Rhal books in the prior series. Just because the narrator reads with a British accent does not make something interesting. I listened to the whole book hoping it would get better. It, unfortunately, does not.

  • Brandon U

    The narrator's vocal fry and inability to correctly pronounce anything in this book makes it VERY difficult to get roped into. I would otherwise be extremely excited to dive in. This narrator does an injustice to Goodkind's work. He deserves better.

  • Jameson C

    I'm really annoyed with Terry. He got me hooked with his earlier books but started throwing in random unneeded things that don't push the plot.. He did this again in this book. There were a few points in the book that left me asking "what was that about?" by the time I finished. I would like to rant about those points, but I don't think I can do that without spoiling anything. There is quite a bit of victim blaming, which seems a bit odd considering Richard (from the main series) never really seemed to focus on victim blaming. I know Nicci isn't perfect, but I feel like she should have learned and developed more as a character with all the time she spent with Richard. It's almost like she took a few steps back in terms of character development. It was nice to see Nicci develop more personal relations though. That was something we didn't see as much of in the main series.

  • Rico S

    Terry did it again, created a spell-binding story. Now I can't wait for the next book in the Nicki Chronicles

Death's Mistress

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