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Prequel to the The Sword of Truth series

Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind is the prequel to the Sword of Truth series. It was originally a part of a collection of short stories called Legends 2: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy, released in November 1999. It was released by itself in December 2001.


Debt of Bones takes places many years before the book Wizard's First Rule.

Abby has come to the Wizard's Keep to appeal to the First Wizard Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander in order to save the lives of her husband and daughter, both of whom have been captured by the D'Haran armies. Bringing her mother's bones, she intends to cash in a "debt of bones", a life debt owed by someone else, in order to make the First Wizard do it.


Here is a list of all the characters who appear in Debt of Bones:



Wizard's Rule[]

Debt of Bones is currently the only book in the series that doesn't include a Wizard's Rule.

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Debt of Bones is a short story so it is not broken into chapters.


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Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind

Prequel: The First Confessor
Prequel: Debt of Bones
Book 1: Wizard's First Rule
Book 2: Stone of Tears
Book 3: Blood of the Fold

Book 4: Temple of the Winds
Book 5: Soul of the Fire
Book 6: Faith of the Fallen
Book 7: Pillars of Creation
Book 8: Naked Empire

Book 9: Chainfire
Book 10: Phantom
Book 11: Confessor
Book 12: The Omen Machine
Book 13: The Third Kingdom

Book 14: Severed Souls
Book 15: Warheart
Book 16: Death's Mistress
Book 17: Shroud of Eternity
Book 18: Siege of Stone
Book 19: Heart Of Black Ice
Sequel: The Law of Nines

Wizard's Rules