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The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears Paperback – Box set, November 15, 1998

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“Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Wizard's First Rule

About the Author

One of the most popular writers of fantasy today, Terry Goodkind divides his time between Maine and Nevada.

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Product Details

  • Series: Sword of Truth
  • Paperback: 2480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812575601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812575606
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 5.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of these books and would recommend them to any ADULT. But, while these books show many of life's most estimable traits, there remains a darker vision. The books mirror a stark reality which, in my opinion, seem too vivid for younger minds. Between the bloodshed and villainy there also lie scenes of rape and sado-masochism. While not EXPLICIT, I would not allow my nephew of ten years to read it until he's much more matured. Just my two cents, enjoy the books.
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I have had a few friends recommend this series to me when I was younger, but I shrugged it off, as I wasn't a huge fantasy-genre fan. I found Tolkein (Lord of the Rings & Hobbit) a bit tedious, taking too long to get anything said, even being... a little boring sometimes. I tried to read Robert Jordan's book (1st one in the 'Wheel of Time' series), but ran into the same problems, just compounded: A whole lot a weird fantasy names and places, all thrown at you at the beginning. This almost alienated me, making it hard to get into the storyline (one of the main reasons I'm not a huge fantasy fan).

When I started reading the first book, it began wonderfully with one character, named Richard (that was easy to remember!), who knows as much as the reader does about the world. As you read, you immerse yourself in the world with him, learning and discovering this fantastic world of magic, adventure, romance, etc.

I've read all ten now, and as the last three or four came out, I re-read all of them to refresh myself. That's right, RE-READ. This was the first book(s) I've ever re-read, and if you can believe it, they were just as good (in some places much better) the second and third time around.

The first three were flawless. If you want some books that are perfect for the rainy day (with some tea), the day off (also with tea), or the summer afternoon (with iced-tea), these books were the most enjoyable I have ever read. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. (note: some sections not appropriate for readers under 13-14)

The only downside is that there will only be 11 books.
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I discovered Fantasy early on when I was about 12 or 13 when a friend of mine introduced me to The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I have been hopelessly addicted ever since. Unfortunately, even though it very well may be my favorite genre I have been unable to find very many authors who wrote with the *Style* that just clicked with me the proper way. Tolkien was one, and on a whim, I bought Wizard's First Rule some 8 years ago or so and I was captivated from very nearly the first page and I've been hooked ever since.

Now this series has grown and even though some have accused Goodkind of suffering a little 'Jordanitis' when they believed the storyline didn't advance as far as hoped (and I admit that I have wondered this myself after reading 'Soul of the Fire' and 'Pillars of Creation') -- but when all is said and done, Goodkind has done what Robert Jordan has either refused to do, or simply cannot do: come back with utterly captivating stories. Since this boxed set contains the first three books in the series, I should limit my comments to them specifically, so here goes...

I cannot find fault with a single page of all three of these books. I just can't. I admit that after finishing 'Blood of the Fold' the first time, I was a bit disappointed -- although I cannot recall why these many years later I did. All I can say about it is I went ahead and re-read it about 4 years ago and simply couldn't figure out why I hadn't loved every page the first time around. Maybe because it was much shorter than the first two...but suffice it to say that this series contains a great deal of controversy regarding the plotting and it would seem that you either love it or you don't.
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First off, I'm enjoying reading the series. I've blown through WFR and SOT, and am making progress through Blood of the Fold. I typically read to relax at the end of the day, before bed, and this series has delivered nicely for relaxation and enjoyment purposes.

I'm not new to the genre. I began with David Eddings in the early 90s, and have made my way through most of the predominant contemporary authors: Robert Jordan, George R R Martin, Raymond Feist, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, C. S. Friedman, of course Tolkein, even Michael Moorcock, and numerous others I can't remember. Bottom line, Goodkind's stuff is somewhere in between them all. Not something I'm likely to read a second time, as I have with several other books and series, but certainly something I'll read to the end.

What I was most troubled by though was the surprising number of similiarities between Goodkind's work and Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Many themes are common throughout; not just the 'Common Man turned Reluctant Savior' theme, or the Sword and Magic battle of good versus evil. Those are staples that any reader must accept if they're going to participate in the fantasy genre.

No, I'm referring to the almost blatant commonalities between Goodkind's fantasy aspects and Jordan's content. The simplest, of course, is the dual nature of the magical forces represented in the world. Perhaps not unique, but definitely similar. On to the controlling neclaces/leashes, the Sisters of Light (who even have a hierarchy of Novice/Sister), Sisters of Dark, even the concept of The Flame and the Void, or the Oneness. There are numerous others, and each time I encounter one in Goodkind's work, I chuckle to myself a little.

However, I don't let it detract from the experience of these books.
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