If you're a rabid fantasy fanatic willing to grab whatever trash comes off the fantasy mill that day to get your daily dose of flaming fireballs and "farmer to hero" junk, you've found your book! Please, make yourself comfortable in the Terry Goodkind home of repeated plots, cardboard characters, and endless rapes. If you're out looking for a powerful, well-done fantasy, I suggest you run for your life-now.
If you haven't run away screaming yet, allow me a chance to let you do so. The jist of the book is that our hero, Richard, meets the mysterious Kahlan in the cut-and-dried forseeable romance, and must confront his evil father, Darken Rahl, with the aid of all sorts of random wizards, and come to grips with the fact that he's a wizard. Plus endless rape scenes, violence scenes, etc. Have I mentioned those? Goodkind clearly opperates under the belief that the more violence and sex, the more adult. Wrong. All elements of "adult fiction" are misplaced. Don't get me wrong, I'm no priss when it comes to fantasy. I love George R. R. Martin. But this is just misplaced and gruesome...and the rest of the series is worse. Plots are re-hashed, places disappear, and everyone but our stereotypical "heroes" die at the end of every book to no effect...no emotional involvment, or intellectual. It just gets worse from here, folks. Trust me-I made the mistake. Run while you have a chance! This is one of the most horrid abuses of Faerie that Tolkien so carefully tried to preserve, and should disgust any seasoned fantasy fan.