I originally wanted to read these books because I saw the television series "legend of the Seeker" which is loosely based on the first book. Sadly, the tv series only lasted 2 or 3 series -as most of these fantasies do. Luckily the Sword of Truth series comprises at the time of writing this review 12 thick books and they are all extremely good. I am a great fan of good epic stories such as Frank Herbert's Dune series (and his son's follow ups, Asimov's Foundation series, all Tolkein's works, and so on. Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books were a refreshing new series to read. What I particularly liked was the philosophical angles the stories take throughout the series which was quite different to most science fantasy novels. Terry Goodkind is very good at this. Even though the series is up to 12 books I hope there are many more.