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Wizard's First Rule Mass Market Paperback – Sep 30 2008

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Mti edition (Sept. 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765362643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765362643
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 1,098 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #895,908 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 the Hardcover edition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really tried to like this book. Yet, right from the start, I found the protagonist, Richard, extremely annoying. He's just another in a long list of whiny, crying, vomiting main characters that often turn up in fantasy novels, which lead you to find some secondary character to latch onto. Unfortunately, neither Zedd nor Kahlan themselves are all that interesting. Zedd is your stereotypical wizard-type who can do all sorts of magical things and speaks in riddles. Kahlan is a little better, but then Goodkind kills it by making her the "Madonna" who can't have sex. I was very troubled by Denna as well, the dominatrix-type who tortures Richard in a sequence that went on way too long. She plays the "Whore" to Kahlan's character. Of course, Richard breaks his torturer (Denna), she falls in love with him and then he kills her. I don't know what kind of message Goodkind is trying to send with this but, then again, maybe I do. Once again, women are defined by their sexuality. All in all, I didn't find Goodkind's world very imaginative, but if you like your main character crying, pleading, begging for his life and then in the next microsecond killing people, maybe this is for you. Ridiculous.
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I saw another review on this book and did not like what it had to say. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so now I will share mine. This book is very well written. It keeps you wanting to read more. The charecters are well developed throughout the story. You must keep reading to learn more. It brings back even the slightest details you may have found un important earlier in the book, and make them very important later. I was given this book by a freind who said it was the best book he read, until the next in the series. I have passed this book on to three other individuals, who also like it as much. Terry Goodkind is a very entrapping writter. It is hard to put the book down, even when you must. The charecters continue developing in the next book as well. The plot is a good one, and the review that I read saying that the interesting points where with secondary charecters was way off. Then the person took it further to make those encounters seem borring. The whole book is exciting, and some of those secondary cherecters beome main cherecters in the next book. Some of the secondary cherecters return as secondary charecters in the second book. One of the main cherecters from this book, becomes a secondary in the next. It is ever changing with Terry Goodkind. The plot is original, the review that I read may have been talking about one peice of the whole plot that was not original, but the plot as a whole is original, and very well written. I would suggest to everyone to read this book, even if you do not like fantasy type books. I would also say that the whole set is worth getting. One person I gave this book to, does not even like fantasy novels, but loved this one and now owns the set. I give this writter and this whole set a very high mark, and as for this book it is great. So you have read the other guys review, and mine. It can't hurt to try it out. I think you will like it, I did.
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Format: Hardcover
To heck with it...I'm going to write a fantasy novel. I sure as heck thought one had to be better than this. Don't get me wrong- i was looking for some "chewing gum for the mind", and got it- compelling in its simplicity. A quick read, for all its length.
A couple of neat little things- i didn't think the additive/subtractive magic angle was any less hackneyed than most "good" fantasy. Comparisons to Jordan are irrelevant- I enjoyed the first 6 or so WOT books (and read the rest), and Jordan rips off just as freely and sometimes more shamelessly- but Jordan at least has panache... Goodkind has a few really fresh ideas, but they are amateurishly played out in the Fantasy Novel Equivalent of those towns in old Westerns with nothing behind the storefronts. Places, people, and history are provided only to place arbitrary obstacles in the path of the plot. No depth.
The casual use of the rape of children in "Wizard's First Rule" is unacceptable. Hundreds of instances of child molestation are alluded to in this book, some more directly than others. The main villain in this area certainly gets his just desserts, but this whole theme is just trashy writing. The frequency and ubiquity of rape in this novel goes beyond plot/theme/character development and goes straight toward a revealing look at Terry Goodkind himself.
I actually thought that the S&M Mord Sith(yes, a dart-board name if i ever heard one) sequence was pretty original and well thought out, at first. It did go on a bit long- i would have forgiven the length, however, if the payoff had been a bit more lucid.
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