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Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1997
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“Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Millions of readers the world over have been held spellbound by this valiant tale vividly told.
Now, enter Terry Goodkind's world, the world of the Sword of Truth.
In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help ... and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.
In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword-- to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed ... or that their time has run out.
This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.
"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring."--Kirkus Reviews
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Anyway after I started I had a really hard time putting the book down. I think reading Martin actually made this book better for me. Martin is so ruthless you never know who is safe and I think that kept me on the edge of my seat while reading this book. Also I really bought in to the anguish and despair of the characters and I thought that really made the book great too. Another draw for me are the different kinds of magics. Their limitations and how they compliment each other are really interesting.
There are some pretty dark parts, but if you are fine with Martin you'll be fine with Goodkind. There are a lot of coincidences and maybe luck, but this is fantasy so to me that stuff is ok :) He does reiterate a lot, but again it didn't bother me. To me it kept reinforcing the despair and anguish.
Lastly, like I said, I had a hard time putting this book down and that's what I've been looking for since Martin's last book. It moves at a pretty fast pace I think. Goodkind put in plenty of twists that make you want to keep reading to see how they come together.
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.