- Series: Sword of Truth (Book 1)
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765322757
- ISBN-13: 978-0765322753
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 32.6 x 228.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2,918 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth) Paperback – September 30, 2008
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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WOW! This massive novel (a mere 820 pages) takes Magic Wars into a whole new realm of imagination. The plot has been elaborated in countless previous reviews, so there is no reason to rehash it in detail here. As in all fantasy conflict stories there are three major elements: a young protagonist suddenly in training by a wise and benevolent wizard, versus a tyrant who wishes to enslave the world. (Sound familiar?) The forces of Evil beyond bounds threaten to dominate all of Westland, the Midlands and d'Hara--lead by the Dark Master. Three special friends unite to combat this vicious takeover: naive but resourceful Richard Cypher (who has secretly memorized the fabled Book of Counted Shadows), Kahlan, the feared but respected Mother Confessor, and old Zedd--a Wizard of the First Order. Both sides struggle against the looming deadline of the first of winter.
The gripping story could have been subdivided into at least three sections; the chapters tend to be overlong, although there are breaks in each indicated by a sketch of the Sword of Truth. Despite complex plotting--with schemes and plans constantly being foiled--the pacing proves uneven.
The author alternates between too much action anbdh too much exposition. So many grudges and restrictions in the past must be understood by both readers and Richard alike. We gradually realize that all three of the main good guys withhold secrets from each other; so who will break down and reveal his/hers first? Can prophecies prove two-edged blades with room for serious misinterpretation? Can a person fight against his fate, his destiny or his unknown parentage? Can ancient rules be defined or reshaped through love and compassion? And have we truly seen the last of the Seeker's nemesis, Darken Rahl? Alas, the author's boringly repetitive syntax echoes middle-school grammar. Unfortunately I found myself mentally editing the text as I went along--something I rarely do. Anyway SEEKER fans can look forward to many more novels set in this mystical medieval realm. With a few off-color hints which cater to the frat mentality of many prospective readers this book will entertain kids of all ages.
This is the only one I don't own physically because I loaned it to someone and her dog ate it.. (So part of my review, never loan your books to anyone.)
Otherwise, the story is very good, detailed and deep. It's never boring, but Goodkind's writing changes later around the 4th+ book. I own all his books and I think that anyone who wants a fresh story with characters they can fall in love with, they should seriously look into these. I hope you enjoy it, whether you are a first time reader, or coming back for more!