Terry Goodkind publicly bashed the Shroud of Eternity cover by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme

Terry Goodkind is an Asshat and here’s why

Ah, the Internet. The place to go to if you want to see cute kittens or puppies, funny memes or great tutorials. Also, the place to go to if you want to see an acclaimed author publicly bash a very talented artist. Because that is exactly what Terry Goodkind did to Bastien Lecouffe Deharme, the artist who made the artwork for his latest novel, Shroud of Eternity.


It all started with a post Terry Goodkind made on his Facebook page. He said:

Shroud of Eternity is a great book with a very bad cover. Laughably bad.

Here’s the entire thing, with a reply by the actual (and not credited) artist Bastien Lecouffe Deharme, who would have none of Terry’s crap.

Terry Goodkind Bastien Lecouffe Deharme

Deharme took to Twitter (because that’s what you do if you get ripped apart on social media) and shared the above screenshot with his followers.

Replies came rushing in, with pretty much everybody (and rightfully so) defending the artist. Because let’s face it: Terry Goodkind was in the wrong here. No way in hell do you treat an artist like this. You don’t just publicly hang someone. It’s Goodkind’s good right to not like the artwork, fine. He can be upset about it with his friends or publisher. But not with his readers. And he even made a poll out of it, to bash the artwork even more.

So, obviously, some words between the two men followed and luckily, Deharme also tweeted that:

Terry Goodkind apologized… Sorta kinda

And here Terry was, thinking to himself ‘ha, I made such a cool post, making fun of this awful cover. I even made a poll out of it. Go me. Nobody knows who the artist is anyway.’ But he underestimated the power of social media and Deharme’s 9000+ followers on Twitter. OK, fine, more than 222.000 people have liked Goodkind’s Facebook page. And that’s understandable, because some of his work is actually pretty good. I stand by my opinion that Wizard’s First Rule is one of the best high fantasy books ever written. Sadly though, it’s all downhill from there. If you ever go out and read it, just pretend it’s a standalone and you’ll be fine.

But, back to Terry’s ‘apology’:

This doesn’t read like an apology. This reads like a ‘oh shit I fucked up let’s blame my publisher so I won’t look like such a mean jerk.’  I already stopped reading Goodkind’s books but if I hadn’t, this would tip the scale.

It would have made things better if Goodkind took down the poll and also made an apology in an edit of his original post. But, see the comments for yourself. Most people agree with this.

Some love for Bastien Lecouffe Deharme

I think Deharme came out for the better after all this. After all, most people took his side and now he is known to more people. I have to admit I had never heard of him before all this, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in all this. So while his Shroud of Eternity artwork was not to Goodkind’s liking, the world can now see he is a very talented artist. If I ever finish my book, I would be proud to have such artwork on the cover.

Here’s the last thing the artist had to say about all of this drama:

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Article written by Nora

Nora would like more time in a day to watch more tv-series & films, write more stories and read more books. Instead, she tries to combine working fulltime and being a wife, mom & friend with sponging up as much popculture in her life as one possibly can. Trigger words for her include, but are not limited to: Gaiman, Rowling, Riordan, Rowell, Star Wars, Marvel, Batman, Bucky, Netflix & Disney. On all Social Media she's known as nosinne.

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  1. Jim Reply

    Hi Nora,
    Interesting post. My book has a very different cover to this. Personally, I like Terry’s books; they get a little “preachy” in parts, but generally I think they’re pretty good (I’ve read all of them). I am very disappointed in him as a person though. The posts he made, were indeed very unprofessional. While I agree that the portrayal of his characters may not be how he envisaged them (certainly they’re not how I pictured them) there is no value in disparaging artwork created by a very talented illustrator. One thing I’ve learnt in business over many years; never, ever, publicly ridicule or belittle anyone who works with/for you or a client. It always comes back and bites you on the arse.

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