Terry Goodkind wrote a piece on his upcoming SoT novel, The Omen Machine (Canada, USA, Europe), on the Macmillan website. Here's an extract:
The Sword of Truth series was a story in and of itself. It spanned a dozen books. That story, that conflict, ended. But that does not mean that the lives of the characters ended. When you graduated High School that was certainly the climax of a chapter in your life, but that was not the end of your story. Great things lay ahead and you went on to live those trials, challenges, and triumphs. It’s the same with Richard and Kahlan and all the rest of my characters. Their story goes on. There are people in their world who would very much like to destroy them, or worse. Evil will always exist, as will the struggle to overcome it.
The last thing I would ever do to readers would be to leave them out of experiencing that story. I want them to be there with their friends, traveling the road with them, facing the challenges and the terrors, fighting the fights, sharing their tears, cheering their victories.
Why do I get the distinct impression that this article was aimed at an adolescent public, one that is probably too young and/or too naïve to realize that Goodkind is returning to fantasy (sorry, the man writes about the triumph of the human spirit) where he can milk his popularity for all it's worth after a failed stint as a maintream author???