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Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth) Paperback – September 30, 2008
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“This is a phenomenal fantasy, endlessly inventive, that surely marks the commencement of one of the major careers in the genre. It has three things I find rare in combination: an interesting, lucid narrative; almost unremitting development and action; and some genuinely original and thoughtful aspects. Wizard's First Rule may be Terry Goodkind's first novel; his career is nevertheless already impressive.” ―Piers Anthony
“A wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy debut.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Goodkind choreographs and intricate duality in which the dividing line between good and evil is often turned upside down.” ―Romantic Times
About the Author
Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the eleven-volume Sword of Truth series, beginning with Wizard's First Rule, the basis for the television show Legend of the Seeker. Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school. Alongside a career in wildlife art, he has also been a cabinetmaker and a 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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I really loved this book. This is my second time reading it. The first time I actually read it. That was many years ago and I never really continued reading the rest of the series. As I decided that I want to read the rest of the series, I decided to go back and reread this one. I'm glad I did. I had forgotten so many details from the first time around. I am also fortunate to have stumbled upon the audiobook for this book. The narrator did a fantastic job! I loved it! Makes me want to listen to the rest of the series in audio.
The flow of this story was so smooth. I can't even begin to elaborate. The only thing I can say I had an issue with is the time span. It's kind of unclear how much time actually passes during some parts of the story. That's the only real issue I had with everything. I loved the flow of it. I was kept on edge for many parts of this book.
The characters were pretty amazing themselves. It was impossible not to love the protagonists and despise the antagonists. There was an antagonist in the book that I couldn't help connecting with, though. I'm not going to say who because I don't want to spoil the story. All I can say is that when you read it, you'll understand.
I give this book a full five-star rating. It was a great book. I'm sure that the rest of this series will be just as fantastic. I can't wait to dig my teeth into them. I want to find out what happens to all of the characters from here. To say I'm fully invested in this story would be pointing out the obvious to the millionth degree.
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.