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Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 10 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075288980X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752889801
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A reissue in B Format with striking new covers for the landmark fantasy series

About the Author

Terry Goodkind's first novel, Wizard's First Rule, immediately established him as one of the world's bestselling authors. Each subsequent book in the Sword of Truth series sold better than the one before and some twenty million copies of books in the series have now been sold. He lives in the USA.


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My boyfriend has been nagging me for years to read this series. When I started "Wizards First Rule" the first time, after 4 chapters of the main characters walking through a forest I have to admit I got bored and stopped reading it. However after much more nagging I agreed to read the whole book on condition that he read "Pride and Prejudice". This made me determined to finish this time...

... and I am so glad I did. It is very much a book worth sticking with till the end.

Yes this book starts slow and at times drags so much you just want to skim read until the next plot twist. However once you hit the halfway point this book begins to flow much more smoothly and becomes very engaging. For the last 200 pages I simply could not put it down. As other reviewers have commented quite often it is the forays the author takes into exploring the other (darker) characters that really draws you into the story.

Yes there are parallels to Lord Of the Rings, but considering how seminal it was, I find that you can find it's influence in many books of this genre. Despite some similarities I don't think it should be held against this novel as a bad thing.

You have three main characters Richard, Kahlan, & Zedd. The Seeker, The Confessor and The Wizard. All three in a quest to stop the evil Darken Rahl and his plans to capture the 3 boxes of Orden. If you enjoy the fantasy genre and are looking for a series of books to keep you engaged I would recommend this book. I so enjoyed the latter half of this book that I have already started it's sequel "Stone of Tears".

The only down side is I'm never going to hear the end of my boyfriends' "I told you so's" now.
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i was never much of reader.. picking up the odd copy of james herbert, shaun hutson every now and again.. but that all changed, and reading became a huge part of my life.. the moment i picked up this book.

with the first installment in the sword of truth series, terry managed to bring to life the most amazing characters i have ever read about. they are not without their flaws, which makes you take them even more to heart but richard, kahlan, zedd, adie and rachel and even the horrifying darken rahl all come to life over the pages of this wonderful piece of storytelling. it starts off slowly and mysteriously as richard stumbles across kahlan running away from four men intent on catching her in the woods of westland.. but the moment richard kahlan and zedd set off to find the pass out to midland, the story kicks off and never lets go building up into a fast paced and extremely emotional and satisfying climax.

buy this book today! it will be the start of a wonderful journey, that will keep you entertained for many books to come. my favourite ever series of books by far, give the first one a try and see how you feel :)
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I was a bit conflicted by this book. Here's why:

Some people have said they liked the lack of overly verbose description. Personally i thought there was so minimal description in this book it became too fast paced and annoying. Other books which attempt to involve the reader in a 'world' have a sense of distance between locations. In Wizards first Rule, the characters seem to move between locations in record time, with little time given to description. This warps the readers sense of distance and time, and makes the 'world' seem rather sparse. Good for some, but not for me.

There also are virtually zero sub-plots. Some will like this but its not my cup of tea. If you like WOT for example, which has more sub-plots thank you can poke a stick at (some might say too many!) this could prove to be a bit distracting. Compared to WOT it all seems rather sparse and simplistic... then again the SOT and WOT series are apples and oranges in so many ways that maybe it's an unfair comparison.

Also, I found that whenever the characters encountered some seemingly impossible problem or hinderence to their adventure, it would in due course miraculously resolve itself. This was very annoying - the Author does not take time to develop the plot or characters, and instead relies on cliched solutions which tend to suddenly materialise out of thin air (in almost all cases).

The book has been described as 'Adult' and it certainly contains some pretty vivid adult content. It would have been great as a really dark forboding tale, but tends to swing between vivid adult content and truly cheesey and childish sounding dialogue. The swings are too extreme that it becomes a bit unbelievable - especially since the author rarely explains anything in detail.
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I found this book highly enjoyable, and I think Mr. Goodkind has created some very interesting characters. The Mother Confessor who, though a good and kind person, is none the less highly dangerous even to her friends, unable to love someone without risking harming them. Zedd the Wizzard, who likes to watch clouds while naked and talks to chickens, when he's not throwing fire at someone or eating every bit of food he can find! And of course the Mord-Sith, surely the finest fantasy creations to be found in any book, or move for that matter. With them I think Goodkind really comes up trumps. Lovely, kind young girls turned by training and magic into superb fighting machines, evil killers who do the dirty work of Darken Rahl, serving him with total devotion even though he cares nothing for them, even raping them whenever he feels like it. Richard, the Seeker of Truth, is tortured almost to death by one nammed Denna, but on learning of the cruel way she was created, actually falls in love with her, admiring her nobility of spirit and wonderful qualities of loyalty and devotion to duty, seeing beyond her evil exterior to the fine woman she still is inside. The Richard/Denna chapters are the highpoint in the book I think, and set the scene for later books in the series when the Mord-Sith all join with Richard, by then the new Lord Rahl, choosing to serve him by their own free will because he treated them with kindness, something they had never known from Darken Rahl. (The TV series, 'Legend of the Seeker', based on the books, ruined these characters I think by keeping them totally evil). Shota, the Witch Woman, is another interesting creation, everything about her seemingly evil so that people are afraid of her but actually a kindly person, who does evil only to try and prevent greater evil. If you like fantasy, with dragons and wizzards and magic spells, red leather-clad Amazons (the Mord-Sith), evil Kings and strange monsters of all kinds, you should enjoy this book.
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