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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.

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Wizard's First Rule
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4.7 / 5
A book you simply cannot put down!!
October 6th, 2015
Fantasy wasn't in my best interest until I have found this book. I could not stop reading this book. The plot and the twists we're too good and addicting.
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Awesome Read
September 27th, 2015
Stepping outside my usual read I found this book of fantasy, I couldn't put it down. Great read for those days you feel like curling up on the couch.
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a captivating heart stealing book
September 8th, 2015
Terry Goodkind is a phenomenal writer. He captures the story in such a way that from start to finish the world comes alive in your imagination. His characters have personalities that are deep and rich. You feel as though you are getting to know them as friends and not through a story. This particular book is the first among a long series following the adventure of Richard, a simple woods guide, ignorant of the world outside of his homeland. After a terrible tragedy, that happens before the book starts, a prophecy unravels before him, a prophecy he knows nothing of. This book is filled with adventure, romance, action and heartache and as You delve deeper into the world with Richard and his companions, secrets are shared that make the world they are a part of, that much more dangerous. 10/10 I would continue to recommend the sword of truth series to everyone and anyone I know. I guarantee you, that if you are looking for books on magic, wizards, in depth story line and characters, this is the series you are looking for.
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Good Read for Fans of High Fantasy
September 4th, 2015
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Richard Cypher is a forest guide trying to make sense of his father’s brutal murder when a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, seeks sanctuary in his forest. This sets in motion a chain of events that bring everything Richard believes crashing down. Old prophecies are set in motion and everything he thought he knew needs to be rethought. When he takes Kahlan to an old friend, Richard finds old Zedd is a wizard of the first order, and Richard is named seeker and given the Sword of Truth, an ancient weapon that can be as dangerous to him as to his enemies. As he sets out with friends, he finds himself drawn to Kahlan, but Kahlan falling in love with him would have disastrous consequence. Of more consequence, the evil wizard, Darken Rahl, is expanding his boarders and searching for magic boxes that will give him unlimited power. More worrisome is that people are accepting Rahl’s lies without question. Zedd calls it the Wizards First Rule: “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.” Review: Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series has become an international sensation, and it is easy to see why. It has rich world building and a cast of characters that one finds easy to care about. It is also reasonably fast paced with dangerous situations constantly rising out of the mists. It also covers some interesting philosophical truths. The only reason I couldn’t rate it higher is that while a good novel, it is not what I would call a page turner, although it doesn’t really drag. I am unable to put my finger on a reason. In the end, I plan on reading the second book in the series and can say without reservation that it is a good read for fans of high fantasy.
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Wizards first rule
August 23rd, 2015
Was awesome have read about 5 times recommend this book to anyone who loves magic love sucks u right in. Love this hole series
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Wizard's First Rule
June 17th, 2015
A little wordy but good story and characters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Brilliant alternative world with magic and wizards
May 7th, 2015
This is the first book of a series. It is a tale in itself which you can read as a single book, but if you liked it as much as I did you will read on and become an addict too! Terry G writes incredibly well, particularly the action sequences, and knows how to vary the rhythm of his books to high's and lows. Characters are excellent, well thought out, and has some smart, central characters that you can respect. He has a world with magic, but that follows rules that make sense. All my friends have been reading them too... a truly great series of books!
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