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Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Goodkind
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Book Description

Wizard's First Rule, the first novel by Terry Goodkind, was a phenomenon from the moment it was published by Tor Books in 1994, selling more than 100,000 copies in North America alone. It still sells more than 100,000 copies a year and has gone on to bestsellerdom in the United Kingdom and in more than twenty foreign translations as well as audiobook form.

It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand.

Richard and Kahlan's story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with Confessor in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than twenty million copies to date worldwide.

In Wizard's First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.

The importance of Wizard's First Rule is sourced in Goodkind taking on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that also makes people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers.

Years after reading Wizard's First Rule, Goodkind fans still ask themselves, "What would Richard do?" when confronted with life's obstacles and challenges. "Your life is yours alone," Richard says at a key moment. "Rise up and live it."

About the Author

Terry Goodkind is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve books. His first novel, Wizard's First Rule, immediately established him as one of the world's bestselling authors. Originally published in 1994, it is the first in the eleven book Sword of Truth series, which has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker and a violin maker, as well as having done restoration on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world. In recent years he has spent the majority of his time in the desert Southwest.

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

The protective barrier that separates Westland from its neighbors to the east is about to fall, letting loose a monstrous evil upon the world. Only the combined efforts of a young man dedicated to finding the truth, an enigmatic woman intent on concealing her past, and a crusty old hermit resigned to his inevitable destiny can prevent the opening of the three boxes of Orden-an event with the potential to destroy existence itself. The inclusion of graphic scenes of sado-eroticism, though integral to the story, may deter purchase by some libraries. Nevertheless, this first novel offers an intriguing variant on the standard fantasy quest. The richly detailed world and complex characters will appeal to mature fantasy aficionados.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In a classic fantasy world, young Richard Cypher must go on a perilous quest with the Sword of Truth in order to deal with evils that have a contemporary degree of ambiguity about them. On the way, he acquires the normal collection of wizards, dragons, and human companions as well as an equivalent roster of enemies. Both the characters and their world come to life, and Goodkind's ambitious juxtaposition of modern ambiguities and the classical fantasy setting works more often than not. Although a fairly self-contained story, the book has something of the flavor of the first volume of a saga; neither Goodkind nor his publisher will receive too many complaints if a sequel is in the works. Hardly an aspirant to Tolkien's mantle, Goodkind certainly seems, at any rate, to be working on being mentioned in the same breath as Robert Jordan. Roland Green

Product Details

  • File Size: 1259 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (September 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00433TO4I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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307 of 337 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it ! June 2, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this several years ago and I truly liked it. I was engrossed in the story and I did not pay any attention to writing style or grammar. The book held my attention and the pages kept turning. Had I written a review at that time I would have given this book five stars. No second thoughts.
Now that I read all the negative reviews about the bad writing, I picked up my copy again to see if it really was that bad. I have to admit, it's certainly no candidate for the Nobel prize, but it's not "awful" either. It's a story being told in perfectly readable language. I find nothing wrong with that.
Many reviewers said that this book takes too many ideas from other books. Maybe it does, but it also puts those ideas together to make a new and interesting story. If you get to the core of 90% of all fantasy novels it will turn out to be a story about an unlikely hero (occasionally heroine) with some mysterious powers or heritage embarking on a quest to fight the evil king/god/sorcerer and save the world. This is what I would call Classic Fantasy. I could read "Lord of the Rings" once a month, but I'd rather read different books from different authors even if they are based on the same storyline and their style may not be as polished as Tolkien's.
Violence plays a big part in "Wizard's First Rule". I admit that I had to force myself to read through the torture bits. It made me sick and I am surprised that someone would give this book to an 11-year-old. I certainly wouldn't. It's okay to let the hero suffer once in a while instead of having him rush from one adventure to the next while he always prevails. But this went on and on and on. Less pages would have been necessary to get the point across.
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101 of 108 people found the following review helpful
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I had a lot of trouble putting this book down. The times when I did were times when I absolutely could not stand the torture being put on characters I loved.

This novel, as far as genre novels go, is pretty cliche. There aren't a whole lot of big surprises. You have your ranger, your wizard, your evil baddie who's so strong they have to work up to him, yadda yadda yadda. You have your impossible quest, your beautiful woman, and even a dragon. Yippee!!

All that being said, this was a wonderful, character-driven piece that had me on the edge of my seat. Every single character lived and breathed with his or her own personality, and there wasn't a weak character in the batch. The good guys were *so* good and so charismatic that at times I had to get up and walk away because I couldn't stand what was happening to them anymore, and with one exception, the bad guys were *so* bad that I rejoiced when bad things happened to them. I have no problem with black and white, and there was no doubt in this one who the good guys and bad guys were.

The sole exception was the Mord-Sith, Mistress Denna, who had more layers than you normally see in a genre novel. At first, I hated her and really wanted to hurt this fictional character. But by the end, I nearly wept for her and what her life had been.

Warning: The torture and murder scenes are graphic. If, like me, you have a vivid imagination and can't stand the thought of someone being in pain, open the book at your own peril. If you love children and can't stand the thought of anyone hurting them, think twice before you read the book. But if you love a good, character-driven story where you really get to know the people in the book, it's a wonderful read, and a fast one, considering it's an 800-pager.
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275 of 341 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Holy Crap Oh My God What The Hell Did I Just Read September 27, 2012
Wizard's First Rule is the first of a million books in the Sword of Truth series. It follows Richard, a guy who takes lots of hikes in the woods. He meets a girl running from assassins and isn't particularly surprised because his dad was recently murdered. He befriends this girl despite her obvious emotional baggage and her GIGANTIC SECRET.

The girl with the GIGANTIC SECRET tells him that an evil man named Darken Rahl wants to take over everything and kill everybody (Because he's evil, that's why.) In addition to having a confusing part of speech for a name, Darken is a horrible baddy who likes to cut people up and play in their gore. What? That's not obviously evil enough for you? His best friend is a pedophile. There you go. Simplicity.

As luck would have it, Richard's good friends with a closeted wizard who the girl with the GIGANTIC SECRET was looking for. The wizard comes out of the closet and uses his power to promote Richard from hiker to The Savior Of The Whole World. Whew, now we can get started with the walking.

Like many epic fantasies, this book is mostly about people taking long walks. The savior and the girl with the GIGANTIC SECRET (who are totally in love but can't do anything about it because of her GIGANTIC SECRET) walk for what feels like a million years, stopping occasionally to stab ghosts or get a fresh supply of exposition from a new race of people.

They become Mud People (in the political sense that they become citizens of Mudlandia and also in that they get covered in mud) just to ask some dead Mud People for directions. The dead Mud People can't give directions because it's against the rules. Being dead apparently involves a lot of bureaucracy.

Oh, but what's Darken Rahl up to this whole time? Good question.
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good read
Published 1 day ago by Steve Pendergraft
5.0 out of 5 stars Was most likely a poor translation to kindle epub and no tthe fault of...
Tons and tons of spelling and typo mistakes. Was most likely a poor translation to kindle epub and no tthe fault of the author.
Published 1 day ago by Andrew Murtha
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The best start to an epic adventure!
Published 2 days ago by James Vega
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Somewhat dragged out but interesting.
Published 2 days ago by Gail Y. Cigler
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure i'll read the rest.......
a fairly typical sorcery v. evil book. the protagonist wasn't very believable in the role of hero until 3/4 of the way through the book. Read more
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Loved it
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Arrived in perfect condition as advertised. Boyfriend was thrilled as this is his favorite book series.
Published 6 days ago by Alicia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a great series!
The story is meant for adults, is well told and overall is pretty good. I have read the entire series and it has its ups and downs. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Morg
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Love this series. Easily the best book, the series went down hill starting at book 3, but the last three weren't too bad, I'd give them a 3.5/5 stars.
Published 8 days ago by Poovs
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Great fantasy novel. Couldn't stop reading it.
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More About the Author

Terry Goodkind is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series, Richard and Kahlan stories, author of The Law of Nines, foundational novel The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus, as-well-as collaborator for Legend of the Seeker, the Sam Raimi produced, Disney ABC television series based on The Sword of Truth books.

Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker and violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says.

While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife, Jeri, have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.

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Two Kindle Editions of the same book?
So, books #2 to #4 just showed up in Kindle editions (search the Kindle store for "Sword of Truth #X). Now we are only missing book #5 in Kindle editions, with #1-4 and #6-11 all available now in Kindle editions.
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