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Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth Book 1)

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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

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Wizard's First Rule, the first novel by Terry Goodkind, was a phenomenon from the moment it was published by Tor Books in 1994, selling more than 100,000 copies in North America alone. It still sells more than 100,000 copies a year and has gone on to bestsellerdom in the United Kingdom and in more than twenty foreign translations as well as audiobook form.

It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand.

Richard and Kahlan's story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with Confessor in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than twenty million copies to date worldwide.

In Wizard's First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.

The importance of Wizard's First Rule is sourced in Goodkind taking on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that also makes people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers.

Years after reading Wizard's First Rule, Goodkind fans still ask themselves, "What would Richard do?" when confronted with life's obstacles and challenges. "Your life is yours alone," Richard says at a key moment. "Rise up and live it."


Terry Goodkind is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve books. His first novel, Wizard's First Rule, immediately established him as one of the world's bestselling authors. Originally published in 1994, it is the first in the eleven book Sword of Truth series, which has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

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 and a violin maker, as well as having done restoration on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world. In recent years he has spent the majority of his time in the desert Southwest.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1216 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (14 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00433TO4I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter - good finish 9 Sep 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you like epic fantasy, this is a book to go for. Wizards, dragons, strange and exotic creatures are all there. Lots of blood is spilled, and parts of the book have some sort of sadomasochistic tone. If you enjoy torture scenes, you'll love the description of the Mord-Sith's actions. The hero is a nice guy, though not as worked out as, say, Thomas the Covenant (see Stephen Donaldson). On the whole, I'd say give it a try, you might yearn for part 2 very soon...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "An addictive Piece of fantasy reading" 27 Aug 1999
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Terry Goodkind is in my opinion the new master of Fantasy genre writing. The Sword of Truth series was recommended to me by a friend and once I had picked up Wizards First Rule I couldn't put it down. He inolves you in the characters lives fron the word go. All I can say is that I'm glad three other books are already available because I can't wait to find out what happens next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is good 3 July 1999
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Terry Goodkind is an american who writes very much in the same style as David Eddings. This is the first in a series of books charting the hero's efforts to fight the forces of evil. I have now read all four books so far and would recommend any fans of this genre to definately read them as you will not be dissappointed. The characters and atmosphere is first class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb!! 2 Feb 1999
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Quite simply the best book I've ever read, and that is no lie. Better than The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings which are probably the closest I can compare it to. The 785 pages simply flew by, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to get my hands on the next in the series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MUCH BETTER 2ND TIME AROUND 28 Sep 2009
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bought this on the back of the tv series currntly showing on sattelite, its nothing like the tv show i`ll admit , its been adapted for tv, being a big book not easy to read in bed, better in a comfy chair or in the garden. the characters are fine, well defined and beliveable, sometimes almost predictable, all in all when i read this series a few years ago i was`nt sure, but this time i enjoyed it far more, oh and by the way wait till you see the size of volume two !!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad mixed together 1 April 2008
Well first of all I'd like to say that I'd give some parts of this book 1 star. Goodkind seems to have had great ideas and scenes in his head, but no idea how to fluently join them together.

That said, I have to agree that this book contains some very strong scenes (even if they are soppy and melodramatic and full of cliched language) which elicited some of the strongest emotional reactions of all the fantasy books that I've read.

However the parts which bridged these scenes were mostly indifferent and often simply bad. For example there was one part where *GOLLUM* suddenly jumped out of the woods to lead our main character Richard to the next destination. Also there were some really silly/inane scenes like people being moved to tears by a speech advocating the banning of fire.

This book contained some philosophical pondering, but I don't think it was out of place or overabundant. Yes, (most of) it was obvious if you think those kinds of things, but it was still a good reminder that things aren't always simple and one-sided. And it made you stop and think a little deeper into what was happening.

The characters were mostly mediocre. Richard and Kahlan were likeable, but not loveable. Didn't really like the rest of the good guys. Some of the bad guys were entertaining though.

Oh, and this book does NOT contain rape, it is only hinted at. Same thing with pedophilia. The long torture chapter in the end is more about pain and humiliation than actually describing a medieval torture process in nasty detail.

All in all, this was a good read, if you can get through the really bad parts without your experience being ruined.
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“Wizard’s First Rule: people are stupid.” Richard and Kahlan frowned even more. “People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool. &quote;
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Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward, that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.” &quote;
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“Because, Richard, many people must be ruled to thrive. In their selfishness and greed, they see free people as their oppressors. They wish to have a leader who will cut the taller plants so the sun will reach them. They think no plant should be allowed to grow taller than the shortest, and in that way give light to all. They would rather be provided a guiding light, regardless of the fuel, than light a candle themselves. &quote;
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