Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind
No book has ever made me obsessed as this book has. Goodkind describes his characters so well that you could swear that they were real. They grow like normal people, they learn from their mistakes. Even the sub-characters grow before your eyes.
Goodkind is original, eventhough his story patterns get a bit repetitive in future novels, it doesn't change the impact of the story. What is a story without great characters?
And what's great about this book is that there isn't many "damsels in distress" so to say. The women in this book are not pathetic.
I for one are wrapped in the spell of words that Goodkind has created, and I hope that you are too.
Submitted by Anonymous
I don't think words can describe the masterpiece Terry Goodkind has created! Personally, I read the whole book in less than five days. I never enjoyed reading before one day my friend came to me and said, "You have to read this!" I couldn't come to my senses after I read the book. My favorite two books are Wizard's First Rule and The Stone of Tears.
Throughout the whole series Richard Rahl changes. He grows from a young boy into a man. He becomes wiser with every book Terry Goodkind creates. The book made me realize what really is important in life. I never felt so strongly for a book.
The morals Terry Goodkind writes in the novels are amazing. In a way he makes you realize things that you never thought about before. He makes you realize that you should never give up in what you believe. I think that is absolutely wonderful! I wait anxiously for Phantom.
Submitted by Pyromonkeyac
Wizard's First Rule is my personal favourite of the entire Sword of Truth series. Sure, the idea of some village nobody becoming a great and wonderful hero destined to save the world has been used countless times, but it's still a good place to start. I think it is much more impressive that he saves the world as a real nobody, other than the ruler of half the world as in all of the other books. This is one of the stronger books of the set, containing a lot of mature subject matter, with what my friends and I call "get the picture" moments. Some people I've talked to don't like the idea of the main character being captured and tortured, but that also helps to add an element of realism. Come on, it's not like the main character should be invincible or something, that just would be stupid and boring. All in all, I believe this is the best of the Sword of Truth books.
Submitted by Steve
A friend of mine gave me this book right before he moved out of state and it was the first fantasy book I have read in years. Although it does tend to rip off some other famous works, I really enjoyed it. It kept me up at night reading. For some reason it really pulled me in and I found myself vividly visualizing the characters and surroundings. I haven't done that since I was a kid reading R.L. Stein books.
Submitted by Ash
This book got me uncontrollably hooked to the Sword of Truth series. Non-stop action and a truly original love story make this novel a work of art. Fantasy abounds and deep characters draw you into Goodkind's world. Richard will win your heart, and his trials will bring tears to your eyes. I could not put this book down. After two days, it was finished and I was reading the next installment.