- 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)
Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 10 Jul 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
... 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.
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 :)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good read the start of an epic adventure with likeable charatersPublished 3 days ago by Charles M.
I'm sure that this is a fabulous story, but it is most definitely not for me. It took me 12 days to read 200 pages. DNF @ 15%Published 18 days ago by LydiaLeigh257
1 of a kind the whole series just keeps getting better if you like this type of book and havent read terry goodkind then have at it true as toasted toads this will blow your mindPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
As an avid reader of fantasy, this book goes above and beyond what I could have possibly anticipated. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lewis Hayward
I read this after being introduced to the TV adaptation, which I enjoyed simply as a good healthy helping of fantasy cheese.
The book, however, is very different. Read more
Not for younger readers. A bit of an old fashioned tale but I suppose this book is now quite old. It feels a little overlong in places and the characters are somewhat stereotyped. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Priest
The very extended (around 100 pages) of detailed S&M torture scenes and the chapters about the villain killing a young child are not what you expect from the standard fantasy cover... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JMP
Was a good enough read... although a little graphic at times... I was going to read the next 2 but have been advised that the violence increases and gets more graphic so I may... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs P