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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (Oct. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142337794X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423377948
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,944,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Big, bland and conventional, Goodkind's first novel is an epic fantasy that doesn't conjure up much magic. Its hero, Richard Cypher, is no ordinary woodsman. He is, at first unknown to himself, the "Seeker," wielder of the Sword of Truth and the only possessor of the arcane knowledge contained in the powerful Book of Counted Shadows. After his father is killed for refusing to disclose that book's location, Richard is wandering in his beloved forest when he spies a beautiful woman, Kahlan, being stalked by several assassins who have pursued her from her magic-filled homeland of the Midlands. Stalwart Richard saves Kahlan and, along with a wizard named Zedd, sets out to foil the power-hungry designs of the evil Midlands tyrant Darken Rahl. Many of the best moments here come during encounters with secondary characters: Adie, a crotchety old woman who traffics in Underworld magic by using bones; Rachel, an abused child who longs for her hair to be evenly trimmed; and Mistress Denna, a sadist who tortures Richard. Goodkind's writing improves as the book winds on, giving hope that the promised sequel will outclass this volume, but, for the most part, his prose is flat, his ideas hackneyed (Wizard's First Rule is, "people are stupid"), his characters tediously moralistic and his plot without originality.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The protective barrier that separates Westland from its neighbors to the east is about to fall, letting loose a monstrous evil upon the world. Only the combined efforts of a young man dedicated to finding the truth, an enigmatic woman intent on concealing her past, and a crusty old hermit resigned to his inevitable destiny can prevent the opening of the three boxes of Orden-an event with the potential to destroy existence itself. The inclusion of graphic scenes of sado-eroticism, though integral to the story, may deter purchase by some libraries. Nevertheless, this first novel offers an intriguing variant on the standard fantasy quest. The richly detailed world and complex characters will appeal to mature fantasy aficionados.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Lohr on April 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book created quite a stir in the fantasy genre. Some people loved it and some hated it. I wanted to give it a fair chance and just finished it. I can't tell you whether you'll like it or not, because this is a book where it really depends on what you want from a story. So I'll tell you what it offers and where it comes up short.
First you need to know it follows an over-used fantasy theme. An unknown man who doesn't want to be a hero, finds out he is very special and needed to save the world. He ends up being a fierce warrior who wins the heart of the beauty. The bad guy is super evil, and the good guys are super pure. There is an old man who serves as the mentor and he's wise yet spunky.
Many of you will be turned off at this point. But hold on. As formulaic as it is, Goodkind really does string together a nice adventure. Just when I would begin to think it was getting mindless, he would have a really beautiful scene.
There are torture scenes that are vivid, and I was wary of that going in. But he doesn't use them for shock value as some may think. He has a point and makes it very well. It was one of the only scenes that really gripped my emotions. It was quite inspiring.
The female roles in the book are fairly weak. The leading lady is often controlled by her emotions and love for the main character. Lots of crying.
The world Goodkind has constructed, the different creatures, and the way he uses magic are unique and creative. He often explains why magic works the way it does, and it isn't too way out there.
And while this book is one in a series, you can read just this one and it ends well enough so you don't feel you have to read the next one. So it doesn't hurt to give it a chance. If you like this kind of story, you will certainly enjoy this book. I think it is a good one. However, if you're tired of this storyline, you may want to check out something else. I hope this was helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie on Sept. 9 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 26 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To repeat others ..If I could give it a ZERO I would, negative would be even better. You immediately know who the "secret" wizard is, who the Seeker will be and that Richard's brother is already corrupted. DO NOT waste your time or money on this book.
Some of the more PUHLEEZE plot points? Richard's father entrusts him with memorizing a very important magical book but doesn't bother to tell him ANY of the history of the three lands and the barriers to prepare him for what may come? PUHLEEZE. The TIME sequence in the book seems totally wrong. It hasn't even been a full generation since the barriers went up but the people in Richard's homeland know NOTHING of the other lands. The story itself tries to imply that the barriers and separation of lands are old, long ago but that just isn't the case and to repeat myself makes NO SENSE. And further more how does the son of a ?Trader? definitely not someone even middle class or political reach the highest position possible in the land as Richard's brother did?? Richard's brother mauls Kahlan the first time he meets her, at a formal function. How realistic is that? The first of many hints that Goodkind DOES NOT LIKE women. Kahlan is supposed to be a very powerful and feared woman in her land but everything turns her into a bawling mess. Was Goodkind afraid of a strong female character?? He constantly talks of women being raped, maybe raped or disposable and unimportant in one way or another. The bad guys are truly, stereotypically evil. A child molester who also kills his victims and Darken Rahl who also willy nilly slaughters people. Between him and his friend they will have killed ALL of the younger men that they would need in the future to be their military force.
I expect intelligence and thought in the books I read. It may be fantasy but it should still be intelligent and well written. This book is neither.
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