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By Terry Goodkind - Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (New Ed) Paperback – 25 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (25 Jun. 2008)
  • ASIN: B00I63QST0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

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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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"Standing there, erect, masculine, masterful in his black war wizard outfit, he looked as if he could be posing for a statue of who he was: the Seeker of Truth..." - Terry Goodkind, `Faith of the Fallen'

Terry Goodkind's 12-volume fantasy series The Sword of Truth is included in Wikipedia's list of the best-selling books in history, with 25 million sales claimed by the publisher as of 2010. I've been reading my way through the list, and when I noticed that Goodkind's series was loosely the basis of the lighthearted cotton-candy fantasy TV show Legend of the Seeker, I thought it would be a fun, breezy read.

My goodness, was I surprised! Picture if you will Ayn Rand and the Marquis de Sade frenetically rewriting Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, in a week-long amphetamine-fueled bender, each inserting astoundingly long digressions on the joys of Objectivism and sadomasochism, you'll have a near-perfect picture of what to expect.

The first volume did have a few elements I enjoyed: It was easy-to-read, Goodkind is obviously sincere in his beliefs, and he clearly enjoyed himself immensely while writing the book. His enthusiasm sustained me through the entire 836 pages.

Despite these positive elements, overall I found the novel exceptionally derivative, poorly written, and the "heroes" are ultimately revealed to be just as evil as the villains, even by Goodkind's rather dubious standards. As with the work of Goodkind's idol Ayn Rand, I find myself baffled as to why these books were even published, let alone beloved by millions of readers.

Am I missing something?

1. Derivative

All works of art build on earlier works, and the charge of "derivative" is admittedly subjective.
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