Wizard's First Rule

Wizard's First Rule

Book - 1994
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Truley 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 battle the ultimate adversary-Darken Rahl, an evil mage who bids to destroy al that Richard holds good and beautiful, dooming him and the rest of the people of Westland to living Hell of subjugation and degradation.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312857059
Branch Call Number: SF/GOOD
Characteristics: 573 p. : map ; 24 cm.


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Feb 13, 2019

VERY VERY well written. Excellent plot and character development. Nice long book, with many more to follow in the series from what I can see on orderofbooks.com . Though I could anticipate some of the plot, much of it was not to be assumed and left me hanging urgent to see what was going to happen. I like fantasy and sci-fi that, like this, that is well written. While not on the same par as Tolkien's, Lord of the Rings, (my highest standard) it is right up at the top, with some of the best I have read. How refreshing. This quality fantasy/adventure is difficult to find. My high recommendation as read if you like other world fantasy, magic, wizard, good vs. evil, etc., and compliments to the author. How did I miss this decades ago? I am looking forward to the second in the series.

SPPL_Aura Mar 14, 2018

I recommend this book more for avid readers who like when books are long because they don't want them to end. On a re-read I realized I was skimming quite a bit, but I would look forward to certain chapters or interactions between characters.

Mar 08, 2018

This is the best book of the Sword of the Truth series.
I loved this book. The rest of the series were okay, but the first is awesome

Aug 24, 2016

Seems like people either love this book, or hate it with a passion. I personally love this book. In my experience, read this book and you'll end up reading the whole series, even if at times, you end up wishing you had just stopped reading after this book.

ArapahoeStaff13 Aug 18, 2016

A great fantasy novel for adults. One of my favorite reads. The characters are mature and complex, but also witty, funny, and relatable.

The world that Goodkind creates is so rich that this first novel does not even begin to do it justice. If you're looking for a new series to get lost in, look no further than the Sword of Truth Series!

May 26, 2016

This is a really good book, although it is definitally not for children. It's a little long, but so worth it. There's also a TV series based off of it called Legend of the Seeker, but unfortunately it was pretty average since it was focused more on romance than the rest of the plot of the book. Anyway this book is amazing.

Apr 14, 2016

I jumped into this book with little knowledge of other major fantasy authors and novels. Keep in mind that this book is over two decades old. I don't particularly think that makes the writing lacking,. Though I think it's important to mention to someone who's comparing this story with the action packed neo-literary styles of 2016 fantasy epics.

I liked the romance story in the book. You almost find you're more worried about the main characters falling out of love than getting tortured to near death. With the main hero being as stupidly clumsey as possible, it's a suprise that he made it out of The Shire...I mean Westland. Though in some ways it's more relatable characterization to give characters flaws. I actually liked a lot of the flaws, like Zedd with his eating. There was some really well written comic relief. Which is in no way of saying there wasn't some HARDCORE serious times during the story as well.

There was a character in the story that was basically Smeagle (golem) (from the Lord of the Rings saga). I found that character, and some similar aspects kind of a rip off.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I liked how epic the ending was and can't imagine there was enough left over to make a sequil out of. It really really annoys me when I think an author takes from a novel in order to give to it's sequel and I'm very happy that it seems nothing of the sort was done to this story.

Mar 09, 2016

Recently I discovered this quote from writer and literary critic Jorge Luis Borges:

“If you like the book, fine; if you don’t, don’t read it. The idea of compulsory reading is absurd; it’s only worthwhile to speak of compulsory happiness. I believe that poetry is something one feels. If you don’t feel poetry, if you have no sense of beauty, if a story doesn’t make you want to know what happened next, then the author has not written for you. Put it aside. Literature is rich enough to offer you some other author worthy of your attention — or one today unworthy of your attention whom you will read tomorrow.”

Terry Goodkind is a talented writer—I started reading Wizard's First Rule based on a recommendation—but to put it simply, this story is not for me. Neither is much of fantasy for that matter. It's taken me a long time to realize this. There are exceptions of course, but I've plodded through too many multi-hundred page novels before making peace with the above sentiment expressed by Mr. Borges.

May 28, 2015

As a fantasy lover, I was so excited to get my hands on Goodkin’s so called “Masterpiece”. People tell me “Goodkind is better than Martin. He’s a fantasy master!” Let me tell you right now that Goodkind is the worst fantasy author I have ever read. I hope this helps show why I feel these books are bad, rather than just stating that they are.
Here is why I despise this jerk so much. Wait, you tell me: He is a best seller. Yeah, but then again so is Snooky from Jersey Shore. Let's be clear: popularity does not equal quality.
So Why is BadKind so Good. Sorry, that came out wrong. Why is NoGoodkind so Good? Opps, sorry, he's so bad I'm getting my words twisted up here. One more time: why is Goodkind so Bad? There we go!
Because, he is just like, major bad dude.
Seriously people, if you think Goodkind is the Second Coming of Christ to the fantasy genre, you haven't read any real fantasy books yet.The problem is that Goodkind lacked the actual writing skills to translate ideas to paper. He broke just about every 'don't do this when you're writing a novel' rule in this book. Oh and here’s the crusher...
Richard Raul is THE MAN
Dude, the hero of The Sword of Truth is THE MAN. He's the Chuck Norris of the fantasy landscape, able to defeat every dark god without breaking a sweat. He's so full of altruistic goodness that he's got a halo, except when you disagree with him and he kills you. Hell, he even goes all Chuck Norris in Book 8 on a bunch of unarmed farmer pacificists because they don't have his vision of moral clarity by not believing in absolute good and evil. So he slaughters these weak cowards and is continually praised for this over the course of the novel by Goodkind. But wait, isn't killing people who disagree with you Fascism? Nooo, that couldn't be the case, since Goodkind is so enlightened.
But wait, there is more badness to come. Oh yea, he's so bad (and by bad, I mean good) that he rips a man's spinal cord out with his bare freaking hands -- you can practically hear the Mortal Kombat "Finish Him" voiceover in the background. A few other godlike traits: he's super intelligent on top of being a hunky male model. To delve into more of the hero's badism, let's sum it up a bit (avoid this paragraph if you don't want to read spoilers) the entire series:
Farm boy finds a super sword and becomes the super Seeker of Truth, basically a badass dimwit with the big, big sword who goes around stabbing bad guys or simply any character who actually has the gall to disagree with his -- cough Goodkind's-- philosophy (which is in fact a badly written version of Ayn Rand's Fountainhead). But wait, there's more to big ol' teddy bear Richard. You see, he's really also a hidden prince too, and a pretty damn handsum one at that. No but wait, he's also a Wizard. Did I forget to mention that he's also a War Wizard on top of being a regular wizard which is basically a Wizard 2.0 with even deadlier magic than Wizard 1.0s? Oh, let's not forget about the part where he becomes KING ruler of an entire continent. I'd like to say it's a more intelligent series than an anime made for kids, but I dont' think I can even give the series that sort of credit.
Now let's get to the badly written romance and Goodkind's treatment of women in the books.
Goodkind has a disturbing fascination with the domination and rape of women. I mean you have to wonder about the guy when pretty much every page involves some sadistic torture and rape of yet another innocent and lovely woman. Man, we get it guy: lovely women need to be humiliated over and over in as many different ways as possible. Now stop writing about the same damn thing for 10,000 pages! Do me a favor: Do not read and be spared for this Horror!

Sep 15, 2014

This was an excellent book and at times I couldn't put it down (staying up to very late times during the night). My one note of caution though is that a good portion of the book is VERY dark and VERY graphically deals with torture, rape and gore - definitely should be kept away from younger readers.

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Jul 28, 2016

"When they come back, give the boy one of these to take the horses to the stables for us and tend to them. Tell him that if he will spend the night watching them and have them ready for us at sunrise, you will add the other."
"What makes you think he will do it?"
Richard gave a short laugh. " Don't worry, he'll do it, if you ask. Just smile."

andymanchan Jul 26, 2012

"Wizard's First Rule: 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."


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Aug 13, 2008

Synopsis from www.terrygoodkind.com :

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help…and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age when it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the beat of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them - for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not tell him.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan cals upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed…or that their time has run out.

This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

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