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Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

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Submitted by Eric
(Mar 09, 2001)

"Wizards First Rule" is clearly one of the best books ever. The story line is amazing to say the least. Characters are well developed and believable. Dialogue is usually excellent.
My only problem is the writing itself. The wrong word often tends to supersede the correct one. With a good editor, the book has potential to be a real literary piece of work in not just the fantasy genre, but also in American Literature.

Submitted by zevbarak@hotmail.com
(Mar 09, 2001)

I just finished plowing through Wizard's First Rule. It is without a doubt the worst epic fantasy I have ever read! Goodkind writes on a high school level at best. Thank God, I got the book from a library. The fact that he has had five books published is a tribute to the wizards first rule, people are stupid!!!!

Submitted by David
(Mar 02, 2001)

A few days ago I purchased the first five books of the Sword Of Truth Series after being introduced into fantasy with David Eddings Belgariad/Mallorean series. I had thought that no author could rival him. Now I see that I was wrong. I have just finished reading WFR and thought it was great how they had to go all kinds of places like the mud people and the witch. I like the idea of Gars. This book was great because you really like when Rachel threatens to burn Princess Violet. To sum it up, this was a great read and I am now starting on the next book......

Submitted by Will
(Feb 09, 2001)

Alright. After rereading Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, I decided to give this series another try. Please reference my original review from 12-3-1999.I'm currently 280 pages or so into this book, and it hasn't changed my previous opinion one iota. Goodkind's writing is barely at a high school level. Someone should have pointed him to a thesaurus and taught him how to vary sentence structure. Entire paragraphs are made up of collections of sentences like: "He knew...", "He thought...", "He ran...", "He was...". Subject-verb-predicate. Makes for very tiring reading, even when the story is mildly interesting, if predictable. I'll give it that much, I guess. The plot moves quickly, but mainly at the expense of any real character development. This caters to our shortening attention spans, which is why I'm sure so many youths enjoy this book. Not challenging at all. I don't find myself caring at all for Richard, who seems like a bit of a self-righteous simpleton. Kahlan's character has no consistency. One second she's a fingernail biting damsel and the next she's some sort of ultra-confident uber-witch. Zedd is so archetypal that if you look at him sideways you can see that he was cut and pasted into this story from any number of others. But...to appease the masses here, I will finish this book soon and return here to see if my opinion has changed.Will.

Submitted by Chantel@jillb@sierra.net
(Jan 03, 2001)

This is by far one of the best books ever written. It's the richest, most fast paced fantasy I've read. Unlike Jordan, who I also love, Goodkind manages to describe a scene in under half a page and so well that you see it clearly in your mind's eye. You fall in love with Kahlan even before Richard does, despite, or maybe because of the mystery of the Confessor's power. In this book the women are strong and independent and the men willful and compassionate. the story is rich with danger, mystery and longing, and has so much thought put into it that you literally become a small child named Rachel and feel the slaps of a mean and spoiled princess. (Don't worry, I won't give anything away.) The plot is intricate and thought provoking, and even sometimes scary to the point that you catch yourself literally on the edge of your seat. You love Denna despite everything and wonder about Shota and have the same love/hate relationship with the Sword of Truth that Richard does. I love all of the books in this series, but this one is the best. Don't forget The Stone of Tears though, Kahlan Shines.

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