Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind

GoodkindWizardsFirstRuleReleased: January 9, 1994
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 573
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 0-312-85705-5

I decided to borrow Wizard’s First Rule from the library after watching the first season of Legend of the Seeker, a relatively new syndicated TV show based on the Sword of Truth series. I love the show and had to give the book a shot once I realized it existed. I’m pleased to report that the book is awesome, but different.

Wizard’s First Rule is the story of Richard Cypher, a simple woodsman who is named the Seeker of Truth, the person who carries the Sword of Truth on his quest to bring justice to the lands. In this case, he has to defeat Darken Rahl, an evil wizard bent on world domination. (I know it sounds trite when I put it like that but it’s a really enjoyable read.) He gets help from Zedd, a good wizard he’s known since birth, and Kahlen, a Confessor – a woman with the power to compel people to do her bidding with her touch.

The book is a bit different from the show – more grown-up, more crying, and slightly different side stories – although the overall arch is the same. More or less. Don’t want to spoil it for those of you who’ve been exposed to one but not the other. You learn a lot about each of the characters and their motivations but the story never seems bogged down by this stuff, even though the book clocks in at close to 600 pages. Definitely going to have to get the next installment in the series, but I hope it won’t ruin my enjoyment of the second season of Legend of the Seeker!

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