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Wizard’s First Rule, the first novel by Terry Goodkind, was a phenomenon from the moment it was published by Tor Books in 1994, selling more than 100,000 copies in North America alone. It still sells more than 100,000 copies a year and has gone on to bestsellerdom in the United Kingdom and in more than twenty foreign translations as well as audiobook form.

It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand.

Richard and Kahlan’s story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with Confessor in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than twenty million copies to date worldwide.

In Wizard’s First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.

The importance of Wizard’s First Rule is sourced in Goodkind taking on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that also makes people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers.

Topics: Epic, Speculative Fiction, First in a Series, Adventurous, Dark, Mystical, Magic, Wizards, War, Love, Journeys, Alternate Universe, Wilderness, and Destiny

Published: RosettaBooks on Jun 10, 2004
ISBN: 9780795330766
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One of the best trilogy novels ever. Thanks Terry. I have read these series of books several times, and I'm sure i will read them again. read more
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one of my favourites ?read more
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My favorite book series ever. It's a long read but I've read it through twice. read more
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spectacular.read more
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I just love this oneread more
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Awesome!!!read more
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best books ever! read more
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I read this many years ago and I am going to read it again. very well written. love the story and the characters.read more
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it's a very good book and I love the charactersread more
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Very enjoyable book with a slightly different take on magic, and a very interesting world.read more
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I have a habit of picking up books without looking to see how many are in the series. 11 in this one, sigh. I did very much enjoy this first one, though. The protagonist is your typical 'I don't want to be a hero and wouldn't even know how to be one' type guy, who is pushed into a battle he doesn't fully understand, mostly because of a really good looking girl. Isn't that always the way? Goodkind has a very smooth style, an imaginative magical world, and endearing characters. I couldn't ask for better elements in a good, classic fantasy novel, and I'm looking forward to picking up the second.read more
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Fun sword and sorcery stuff with heroic heroes (both male and female) and villainous bad guys. Overall an enjoyable book.read more
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I really enjoyed this book (and the entire series that follows). The characters are what make this series worth reading, even when the storyline gets repetitive. The overall length of the book was a bit much for the amount of plot it contains, but it is still a fairly quick read. I would definitely recommend this book for fans of the fantasy genre, but beware: if you think Goodkind's writing style in this book is a bit on the verbose side, it only gets worse later in the series!read more
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Amazing first book. The plot keeps you engrossed, as do the characters. Very real emotion in a fantasy world. Recommended. Warning: sometimes it can be quite dark, particularly in the later books in the series.read more
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Like and old friend, I’ve come back to the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I read the first 6 books of this 11 book series as they came out over the years, but the farther I got the more the wait between books became distracting and I was forgetting too much. So I stopped and waited for the entire series to be released. Well I’ve finally got the entire series waiting on my shelf so here we go!The first book in the series is one of the best books I’ve read (and re-read) in quite some time. The development of the characters of Richard and Kahlan are off to a good start and from having read some of the later books already, I know the development so far is just a small part of the complex characters they are about to become. Lots of twists and turns and exciting all the way through. Great start to the series.read more
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Wizard's First Rule is an amazing book for any reader. It is filled with witty humor and a wonderful cast of characters. Little bits of the story will definitely surprise the reader and what you think will happen may not entirely come true. The plot is engaging and provides a good debut book for the series. Terry Goodkind did a wonderful job crafting this wonderful book. The story follows the path of a young Richard Cypher, a young woods guide. His brother is a large political figure in the area, but Richard shuns the spotlight. He meets a young woman named Kahlan Amell, in the forest and his peaceful world gets shattered. He will be introduced to the world of magic, monsters, and face countless challenges and dangers. For the most part, we see the world of Wizard's First Rule through the eyes of Richard. We will learn more about him, his beliefs, and his secrets throughout the story. Each of the characters he interacts with have their own personal touch that singles themselves out from the rest, creating a lively group of adventurers. Each have their own dark secrets that are hinted throughout the book, making you want to keep on reading to find out. The story does a good job of keeping your attention. Just as you think they characters have finally had a break, some new thing will come and shatter that illusion. As the story goes on, we see how the characters grow and change. The plot thickens the further you are in, but still keeps it easy to understand what is going on. The book is written in its own style of writing. It feels humorous and lighthearted all throughout, even through the darkest of times. When things go good, it really emphasizes the mood that you feel. But when things good bad, it still keeps some of the humorous feel to it while still conveying the feeling of despair and sadness. Even though it may seem cheerful and good for young children, it may not be the best choice. There are events in the book that should not be read about by young children, so be aware. Wizard's First Rule is a wonderful book. The characters are witty and well thought out. The plot will keep you reading until the very last page. The way Goodkind has wrote the book gave it a very unique tone throughout and makes it all that much more interesting. Be aware of the events in the book that are not for a child's eyes. I really love this book and Goodkind has made a wonderful masterpiece of fantasy literature.read more
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I read this one as a kid (I probably shouldn't have - there's a lot of graphic sex/violence; I would NOT recommend this for young readers) and thought it was wonderful, but I think it's telling that this is one of the first fantasy books I ever read, and for me it didn't stand up to re-reading. Upon re-reading, the story feels rather tired and cliched - it's like any other fantasy quest story, and the good guys and the bad guys are both one dimensional. The good guys are obviously super-good and the bad guys obviously super-bad. There's also the gratuitous violence and sex (and violent sex!) with a fairly extended BDSM portion that for me really didn't make sense with the rest of the story - it didn't seem like there was a reason for that to be there, other than that Goodkind felt like it at the time. I give it two stars because I don't think the writing was horrible, but overall the story is pretty generic.read more
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Long running fantasy series. Pluses include strong female characters, minuses are characters are a bit one dimensional, either all good or all bad.read more
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I read this book shortly after it first came out and again just recently. I must admit that it has stood the test of time well in my mind. I think that this is the best book in the entire series. Goodkind creates an interesting world which is only peaked at in this book and screams for additional tales (which of course as we know now come in a rather large series....). Definitely worth having on the shelf.read more
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Too FREAKING long, cliché's up the yin-yang, very simple plot. Did I mention it was too long.read more
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The foreshadowing and characterization are heavy handed, but the plotting is not bad, and the conflicts have some heart in them. Not a bad read, but I doubt I'll bother with the already-numerous sequels.read more
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I enjoyed all his works. In parts Wizard's First Rule is very descriptive, but it reads very well and keeps you hooked. It's a long book, but as I said, it kept me hooked. Characterisation is really good. Very inventive with lots of fresh ideas. I'd recommend thisread more
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What an exciting read! I am lucky enough to have this in both audio and paperback, so I could listen when in the car or doing everyday "stuff", but when I wanted more pace (I read three or four times faster than this audiobook is read), I found a quiet corner and got stuck in. This is my first novel by Terry Goodkind and he seems to be an author you love or hate! I can't judge from one book, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next in the series. The characters are likeable and the plot complex, but flowing. It contains a great deal of cruelty though, and I wouldn’t recommend it for children. There is one section about three quarters of the way, that I think went on too long, and I considered dropping the rating to 4stars because of it, but by the time you get to the end, it's forgiven and the rest of it is so good.read more
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From the very beginning, the story of Richard Cypher is a mesmerizing and hypnotic roller coaster ride.A simple woodsman finds himself thrust into a life and death quest to stop a madman named Darken Rahl. With the help of his friends and a woman he desperately wants but cant have, Richard does what he needs to confront the true evil of this story. A great read - it was able to keep me from my video games, which is saying a lot.read more
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Wizard's First Rule is the first book in Terry Goodkind's series The Sword of Truth. There are currently 11 books in this series which follows a young man, Richard Cypher, on a journey to find out who killed his father. Enemies, friends, and love all find him along his journey. Incredibly well written and a must read for any self respecting fantasy-loving geek.read more
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who also read a number of fantasy novels. Though the basic plot was fairly interesting, I was disappointed by how closely this particular book resembles The Lord of the Rings - not only was The Hero's Journey an obvious inspiration, but nearly all aspects of the characterization and plot seemed to be lifted directly from Tolkien, and hasn't prompted a re-read for me. This novel would be better for younger readers who haven't yet been introduced to the full spectrum of the Lord of the Rings, or for readers who don't mind a "Tolkien-lite" version of the same story. The sequels which followed were only marginally more interesting; after about three books, it simply failed to hold interest. A decent attempt, but overall uninspiring.read more
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This was recommended to me. But I don't really like it. What's up with the weird S&M torture scene? From what I've heard, the series only gets worse.read more
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Started out promising, then turned extremly boring. I think there must have been 5 or 6 chapters of Richard getting tortured. It was really annoying and overkill, but I think in the end, it redeemed itself.read more
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I must admit, I've had this book in my library for quite a while, but haven't been motivated to read it. In its defense, I have many many books I haven't read, though.But recently, I've been something of a closet fan of the Legend of the Seeker television show. Of course, admitting that has probably alienated me from all the people that really like this series.In any case, I enjoyed the book a lot, despite its long-windedness. It is a long book, as are the many others in the series. But it was paced well, which is important to me when I read a book, and even more so with a long book.The story is a little predictable, and sometimes the characters don't seem to learn from their mistakes. Specifically, about lying (or withholding the truth) from each other. One would think that eventually they would start really trusting one another, but I don't let that get in the way of enjoying the story.I also see the glaring differences between the book and the tv show, but that's to be expected. I enjoy both for different reasons, and would strongly recommend this book to anyone that likes to read epic fantasy tales.read more
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One of the best trilogy novels ever. Thanks Terry. I have read these series of books several times, and I'm sure i will read them again.
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one of my favourites ?
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My favorite book series ever. It's a long read but I've read it through twice.
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Love this book
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spectacular.
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I just love this one
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best books ever!
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I read this many years ago and I am going to read it again. very well written. love the story and the characters.
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it's a very good book and I love the characters
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Very enjoyable book with a slightly different take on magic, and a very interesting world.
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I have a habit of picking up books without looking to see how many are in the series. 11 in this one, sigh. I did very much enjoy this first one, though. The protagonist is your typical 'I don't want to be a hero and wouldn't even know how to be one' type guy, who is pushed into a battle he doesn't fully understand, mostly because of a really good looking girl. Isn't that always the way? Goodkind has a very smooth style, an imaginative magical world, and endearing characters. I couldn't ask for better elements in a good, classic fantasy novel, and I'm looking forward to picking up the second.
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Fun sword and sorcery stuff with heroic heroes (both male and female) and villainous bad guys. Overall an enjoyable book.
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I really enjoyed this book (and the entire series that follows). The characters are what make this series worth reading, even when the storyline gets repetitive. The overall length of the book was a bit much for the amount of plot it contains, but it is still a fairly quick read. I would definitely recommend this book for fans of the fantasy genre, but beware: if you think Goodkind's writing style in this book is a bit on the verbose side, it only gets worse later in the series!
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Amazing first book. The plot keeps you engrossed, as do the characters. Very real emotion in a fantasy world. Recommended. Warning: sometimes it can be quite dark, particularly in the later books in the series.
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Like and old friend, I’ve come back to the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I read the first 6 books of this 11 book series as they came out over the years, but the farther I got the more the wait between books became distracting and I was forgetting too much. So I stopped and waited for the entire series to be released. Well I’ve finally got the entire series waiting on my shelf so here we go!The first book in the series is one of the best books I’ve read (and re-read) in quite some time. The development of the characters of Richard and Kahlan are off to a good start and from having read some of the later books already, I know the development so far is just a small part of the complex characters they are about to become. Lots of twists and turns and exciting all the way through. Great start to the series.
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Wizard's First Rule is an amazing book for any reader. It is filled with witty humor and a wonderful cast of characters. Little bits of the story will definitely surprise the reader and what you think will happen may not entirely come true. The plot is engaging and provides a good debut book for the series. Terry Goodkind did a wonderful job crafting this wonderful book. The story follows the path of a young Richard Cypher, a young woods guide. His brother is a large political figure in the area, but Richard shuns the spotlight. He meets a young woman named Kahlan Amell, in the forest and his peaceful world gets shattered. He will be introduced to the world of magic, monsters, and face countless challenges and dangers. For the most part, we see the world of Wizard's First Rule through the eyes of Richard. We will learn more about him, his beliefs, and his secrets throughout the story. Each of the characters he interacts with have their own personal touch that singles themselves out from the rest, creating a lively group of adventurers. Each have their own dark secrets that are hinted throughout the book, making you want to keep on reading to find out. The story does a good job of keeping your attention. Just as you think they characters have finally had a break, some new thing will come and shatter that illusion. As the story goes on, we see how the characters grow and change. The plot thickens the further you are in, but still keeps it easy to understand what is going on. The book is written in its own style of writing. It feels humorous and lighthearted all throughout, even through the darkest of times. When things go good, it really emphasizes the mood that you feel. But when things good bad, it still keeps some of the humorous feel to it while still conveying the feeling of despair and sadness. Even though it may seem cheerful and good for young children, it may not be the best choice. There are events in the book that should not be read about by young children, so be aware. Wizard's First Rule is a wonderful book. The characters are witty and well thought out. The plot will keep you reading until the very last page. The way Goodkind has wrote the book gave it a very unique tone throughout and makes it all that much more interesting. Be aware of the events in the book that are not for a child's eyes. I really love this book and Goodkind has made a wonderful masterpiece of fantasy literature.
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I read this one as a kid (I probably shouldn't have - there's a lot of graphic sex/violence; I would NOT recommend this for young readers) and thought it was wonderful, but I think it's telling that this is one of the first fantasy books I ever read, and for me it didn't stand up to re-reading. Upon re-reading, the story feels rather tired and cliched - it's like any other fantasy quest story, and the good guys and the bad guys are both one dimensional. The good guys are obviously super-good and the bad guys obviously super-bad. There's also the gratuitous violence and sex (and violent sex!) with a fairly extended BDSM portion that for me really didn't make sense with the rest of the story - it didn't seem like there was a reason for that to be there, other than that Goodkind felt like it at the time. I give it two stars because I don't think the writing was horrible, but overall the story is pretty generic.
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Long running fantasy series. Pluses include strong female characters, minuses are characters are a bit one dimensional, either all good or all bad.
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I read this book shortly after it first came out and again just recently. I must admit that it has stood the test of time well in my mind. I think that this is the best book in the entire series. Goodkind creates an interesting world which is only peaked at in this book and screams for additional tales (which of course as we know now come in a rather large series....). Definitely worth having on the shelf.
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Too FREAKING long, cliché's up the yin-yang, very simple plot. Did I mention it was too long.
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The foreshadowing and characterization are heavy handed, but the plotting is not bad, and the conflicts have some heart in them. Not a bad read, but I doubt I'll bother with the already-numerous sequels.
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I enjoyed all his works. In parts Wizard's First Rule is very descriptive, but it reads very well and keeps you hooked. It's a long book, but as I said, it kept me hooked. Characterisation is really good. Very inventive with lots of fresh ideas. I'd recommend this
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What an exciting read! I am lucky enough to have this in both audio and paperback, so I could listen when in the car or doing everyday "stuff", but when I wanted more pace (I read three or four times faster than this audiobook is read), I found a quiet corner and got stuck in. This is my first novel by Terry Goodkind and he seems to be an author you love or hate! I can't judge from one book, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next in the series. The characters are likeable and the plot complex, but flowing. It contains a great deal of cruelty though, and I wouldn’t recommend it for children. There is one section about three quarters of the way, that I think went on too long, and I considered dropping the rating to 4stars because of it, but by the time you get to the end, it's forgiven and the rest of it is so good.
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From the very beginning, the story of Richard Cypher is a mesmerizing and hypnotic roller coaster ride.A simple woodsman finds himself thrust into a life and death quest to stop a madman named Darken Rahl. With the help of his friends and a woman he desperately wants but cant have, Richard does what he needs to confront the true evil of this story. A great read - it was able to keep me from my video games, which is saying a lot.
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Wizard's First Rule is the first book in Terry Goodkind's series The Sword of Truth. There are currently 11 books in this series which follows a young man, Richard Cypher, on a journey to find out who killed his father. Enemies, friends, and love all find him along his journey. Incredibly well written and a must read for any self respecting fantasy-loving geek.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who also read a number of fantasy novels. Though the basic plot was fairly interesting, I was disappointed by how closely this particular book resembles The Lord of the Rings - not only was The Hero's Journey an obvious inspiration, but nearly all aspects of the characterization and plot seemed to be lifted directly from Tolkien, and hasn't prompted a re-read for me. This novel would be better for younger readers who haven't yet been introduced to the full spectrum of the Lord of the Rings, or for readers who don't mind a "Tolkien-lite" version of the same story. The sequels which followed were only marginally more interesting; after about three books, it simply failed to hold interest. A decent attempt, but overall uninspiring.
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This was recommended to me. But I don't really like it. What's up with the weird S&M torture scene? From what I've heard, the series only gets worse.
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Started out promising, then turned extremly boring. I think there must have been 5 or 6 chapters of Richard getting tortured. It was really annoying and overkill, but I think in the end, it redeemed itself.
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I must admit, I've had this book in my library for quite a while, but haven't been motivated to read it. In its defense, I have many many books I haven't read, though.But recently, I've been something of a closet fan of the Legend of the Seeker television show. Of course, admitting that has probably alienated me from all the people that really like this series.In any case, I enjoyed the book a lot, despite its long-windedness. It is a long book, as are the many others in the series. But it was paced well, which is important to me when I read a book, and even more so with a long book.The story is a little predictable, and sometimes the characters don't seem to learn from their mistakes. Specifically, about lying (or withholding the truth) from each other. One would think that eventually they would start really trusting one another, but I don't let that get in the way of enjoying the story.I also see the glaring differences between the book and the tv show, but that's to be expected. I enjoy both for different reasons, and would strongly recommend this book to anyone that likes to read epic fantasy tales.
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