Wizard's First Rule (The Sword of Truth, #1)
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Wizard's First Rule

by Terry Goodkind
Release date: 1994
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Tags: tv series
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Wizard's First Rule marks the debut of a brilliant new fantasy writer. Truly epic in scope and filled with burning intensity, it is the story of Richard Cypher, a modest woodsman in a world achingly beautiful, alive with the joys of nature: a world the reader comes to love as fiercely as do Richard and those around him. Though a mere woodsman, he is the one destined to do battle with the ultimate adversary – Darken Rahl, an evil mage who bids to destroy all that Richard holds good and beautiful, dooming him and the rest of the people of Westland to a living Hell of subjugation and degradation.

Richard's life is changed utterly when he saves Kahlan, a beautiful woman who is desperately fleeing Rahl's assassins as she tries to find Zedd, the last great Wizard. Only Zedd can annoint a Seeker of Truth, one pure of heart and strong of purpose, who must wield the terrible power of the legendary Sword of Truth. Only the Seeker can prevent Rahl from acquiring the three Boxes of Orden, which grant their possessor power over all living things. As Rahl's plan nears its fateful culmination, Zedd calls upon Richard to become the Seeker. At first reluctant to take up the Sword and dare the perils that lie ahead, Richard accepts the challenge when he realizes that his new-found love for Kahlan would wither under the lash of Rahl's dark dominion.

Rahl, a mage for whom no atrocity is too foul, has gained two of the three Boxes. Should he coomplete the set and unlock its magic, not even Richard, whose father long ago taught him the Boxes' secrets, will be able to keep Rahl from fulfilling his destiny.

Breathlessly exciting, told with the sure skill of a great storyteller, Wizard’s First Rule is an unforgettable novel that will captivate readers as few fantasies have done before. Destined to become a classic, it marks but the beginning of a truly extraordinary fantasy cycle...

(updated 2017-01-17)

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Wizard's First Rule is an entertaining fantasy book for adults. I think it's good to mention that this book can't be recommended to young readers, because it contains some adult themes. The story of this book is weird enough to be fascinating and the characters are interesting. There are a couple of annoying things, but otherwise this book is quite good. This book isn't perfect, but it's good entertainment for adults. If you want to read a good and entertaining fantasy book, you should consider reading Wizard's First Rule.
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Terry Goodkind is not a terrible fantasy writer, he's a terrible writer, period. I bought this book because my version had a dragon on the cover, and I thought "Fuck yeah, dragons!" Alas, I was sorely disappointed. Instead of dragons I got a boring and morally questionable hero who likes to kick little girls in the face, a super-powerful wizard who does exactly one trick during the course of the book, a villain who has the most annoying "tick" ever, a convent of SM-nuns, a plot that's pretty ... (more)
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I picked up Wizard's First Rule after I saw the TV series, Legend of the Seeker, to find out what the real story was, as I had enjoyed the show but had heard that it was nothing like the book. I have to say, WFR was very well written. The story is engrossing and the characters are intriguing, though a goody-goody to some extent. The aspects of magic are well thought out and the book follows an excellent pattern where many threads unwind, only to wind back together perfectly in the end for a ... (more)
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