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Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series: Wizard's First Rule Bk.1 Paperback – 23 Oct 1995

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  • Paperback: 798 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (23 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857982355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857982350
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker, 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. In 1983 Goodkind moved to the forested mountains he loves. There, in the woods near the ocean, he built the house where he and his wife, Jeri, live, and came at last to tell his own stories.

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A reissue in B Format with striking new covers for the landmark fantasy series --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Simpson on 9 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Domien De Groot on 17 May 2010
Format: Paperback
When I started reading this book, I was very enthusiastic about it. It seemed to have a likeable cast of characters, a nice fantasy atmosphere, a bit of humor thrown in and I was looking forward to an adventurous ride towards a thrilling, epic conclusion. How was I to know that the book would devolve from a charming tale of swords & sorcery into a sick and perverted wet dream for the kind of people you wouldn't want to find outside of a padded cell.
The worst thing about it is that the novel is so effortless in jumping from the kind of corny good-humored dialogue between a person and a fantasy creature you might expect in a children's fantasy book and utterly superfluous scenes of extreme graphic torture.
In contrast to some people I've read here, I didn't dislike the heroic characters, but there are moments... Ugh... There's one scene where a "good guy" uses a bit of unintentional excessive force resulting in something really gruesome happening to a child. It was sick and unnecessary and it made me question the author's mental health. At this point, I felt like giving up but I finished the book anyway. Towards the end, the snuff seems to make way for ginormous lapses of logic so glaring that *no one* could miss them. Think of this: our hero has a gift, an amazing insight and natural wisdom that grants him the title of Seeker. Nevertheless, there is a moment where the bad guy doesn't imply but straight out TELLS him about a trap he has set but our hero somehow manages to just FORGET what he has been told by the evil overlord himself and walks right into the trap. The whole time I was thinking "well, he isn't going to do that because the bad guy told him he set a trap there..." Guess I overestimated this book. All in all... It's really sad. This book had a decent plot and potentially nice characters going for it but unfortunately it turned into a massive, massive and profoundly creepy disappointment.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By PW on 31 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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