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Wizard's First Rule (The Sword of Truth #1) (edition 2008)

by Terry Goodkind

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Title:Wizard's First Rule (The Sword of Truth #1)
Authors:Terry Goodkind
Info:Tor Books (2008), Paperback, 576 pages
Collections:Your library, Owned as Printed Book, Use for Recommendations

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Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

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A dear friend recommended this series to me, and although I don't usually make many forays into the genre of fantasy, I decided to take the plunge. And wow, have I been glad that I pushed through my usual wariness. This was a fabulous read, and I am already on the second book. While Terry Goodkind isn't exactly a wizard with words, the world which he has created, along with the characters who people it, are nothing short of amazing. The book is full of unexpected twists and turns, with enough humor and lightheartedness to keep it from being dark and depressing. I highly recommend this book not only to the fantasy aficionado, but to those looking to broaden their horizons a bit. You'll be glad that you did. ( )
  silva_44 | Feb 26, 2015 |
This book is one of a whole series amazing book and the books to follow only get better as you read them you are drawn in to the story and the roller coaster ride of a life time begins and you will love ever page you read my thanks to the wonderful author Terry Goodkind & it was a pleasure to read all the Sword of Truth series with that said happy reading to all with love from wee me. xxxxx ( )
  weelinda | Jan 21, 2015 |
Guilty pleasure. Won't read the sequels. ( )
  CassandraT | Oct 10, 2014 |
I'm not sure whether I read this book differently than most people because I watched the two season Legend of the Seeker TV show first (and loved it). So, I already knew a lot of the twists and the secrets in the book that were supposed to shock the reader. Pretty much all of the twists actually.

It's your general high fantasy plot. Richard Cypher and his band of friends (wow is that word overused in the novel) have to stop the big bad. There's a journey and problems and helpers. Richard 'learns' and 'grows' etc. as well.

The think about the novel was that there are definitely flashes of good, even great plotting, and okay writing, but they got drowned in the muck of the rest.

Stuff like the fact that a lot of the scenes, and within the scenes, were repetitive. The fact that every thing was a bit plotting (over 800 pages long and I felt each and every one of them), and sometimes it seemed like we were aimlessly meandering in circles around the plot but never getting near it. And also some of the dialogue was seriously stilted (not to mention everyone but Zedd and some of the very minor characters spoke in the same way as everyone else.

But, I think my main problem (I'm not going to go near the Communism/Nazism overtones in the novel) was the misogyny of the book. Males, males, males, and when there were females the author made them less, or evil, or a victim, or beholden to a man for somehow 'rescuing' her from something. And this was all done in little ways or big ways.

Anyway, I'll probably at least read the second book in the series. I would like to see how the author portrays Cara in the books vs. how she was portrayed in the TV show. I'm not holding out hope for a great portrayal but, we'll see. ( )
  DanieXJ | Sep 26, 2014 |
Booooring. Kind of a good idea in its opening pages, but then we get into these plot devices, one upon another and the whole thing just gets boring while you're waiting for something to happen that you didn't see coming. There are pages of things no one can possibly care about.

While I agree with Goodkind philosophically, his representation of anger as a catalyst for heroic acts was to me contrived and a bit far-reaching as a means of power.

I understand the mastery of the anger and the conflict just fine, but it was inconsistent and sort of made me dislike the hero as not a mere character with flaws to resolve, but as one that lacked the fortitude and genius to master anything with his own 'inner' strength.

Ultimately, I just thought it was boring and full of trite devices that forced the story along unnaturally instead of it coming alive through story and character definition.

In my opinion a good yarn is present when one never thinks of the technicality of a story while one IS READING IT. ( )
1 vote DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
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Beekman, DougCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bond, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In this epic fantasy, woodsman Richard Cypher is still grieving over his father's recent murder when he comes across a beautiful woman being pursued by four dangerous men in the woods. He comes to the woman's aid, and she reveals that her name is Kahlan, and she has crossed the magical barrier which separates his land from hers in order to find a mysterious wizard, the key to stopping the tyrannical and evil Darken Rahl from opening the boxes of Orden and possibly destroying the world. The magical barriers separating the worlds are coming down, the power of the underworld is entering the world, and it is up to Richard to find the strength and power within himself to destroy Darken Rahl and save the people of Westland, the Midlands, and D'Hara from the evil Rahl would unleash upon them.
Contiene i due romanzi: L'assedio delle tenebre e La profezia del mago. La Spada della Verità è uno dei cicli fantasy piú amati e seguiti nel mondo. Immenso per ambientazione e sviluppo narrativo, il ciclo ha ottenuto il favore della critica e degli appassionati, suscitando confronti con le opere classiche di Robert Jordan e J.R.R. Tolkien, e riuscendo a rinnovare un genere di consolidata tradizione. Finalmente in edizione tascabile, La Spada della Verità raccoglie in un solo volume i primi due romanzi del ciclo, L'Assedio delle Tenebre e La Profezia del Mago, proponendosi come un vero e proprio classico della moderna letteratura fantastica e offrendo un'occasione irrinunciabile agli appassionati e ai lettori di ogni età per conoscere e apprezzare un'opera famosa in tutto il mondo. "Credo davvero che quest'opera sarà un evento, come Il signore degli anelli negli anni Sessanta." Marion Zimmer Bradley "Un narratore di talento è una rarità, e Terry Goodkind è davvero tra i piú dotati." Anne McCaffrey "Un romanzo pieno di azione e di personaggi affascinanti, inventivo in modo sempre intelligente e originale." Booklist "Un'opera fantasy fenomenale, di grande inventiva, che rivela senza ombra di dubbio uno dei maestri di questo genere letterario." Piers Anthony
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812548051, Mass Market Paperback)

Millions of readers the world over have been held spellbound by this valiant tale vividly told.

Now, enter Terry Goodkind's world, the world of the Sword of Truth.

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 their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:54 -0400)

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An unearthly adversary descends on an idyllic fantasy world, corrupting magic against good and slaughtering innocents, and only a single man can stop him.

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