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. (goodreads.com)
The story is filled with romance, magic, and battles. It can be a bit grotesque due to rape, battle, and (well done) torture scenes. The story is very interesting, but can be predictable at times; however, there are some surprises along the way that keep you interested though not enough for the length of the book.
Goodkind spends a lot of time developing his characters and describing the landscape and history. Many of his characters including the Mord Sith and Confessor are, in my opinion, original. The characters are also very deep. You really get to know them as people because many of them have distinct personalities and interests. Depending on who the characters are you may have strong emotions (good or bad) towards them. The only character flaw that I have come across is that Richard (the main character) is just about the most perfect person you could ever meet. There seems to be nothing that he can’t do, which is a little unrealistic. Otherwise, I really enjoyed all the characters in the book.
Wizards First Rule is an excellent book. Once you get passed Terry Goodkind’s inadequate writing, redundancy, and sometimes excessive details, he writes an interesting and engaging story.
If you like books that contain a lot of magic, some unusual or original characters and creatures, and you can get past the writing and grotesque scenes, then you should give this book a try. I do not recommend this book to anyone under 18.
I believe this is a good stand alone book if you do not want to read all of them in the series. I do recommend that if you like the book to read at least the first two books in the series. After that you can decide how much you are enjoying the series and whether or not you should continue.
My rating: 5/5 stars!
Wikia Page for detailed information about the characters, plot, universe, etc. (very neat site)
My other reviews in this series
- The Sword of Truth series, by Terry Goodkind (adoyleblog.wordpress.com)
- Wizard’s First Rule Book Reveiw (tirzabelle.wordpress.com)
- Sword of Truth (themusersblog.wordpress.com)
*photo provided by wikipedia.org