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Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

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Submitted by Anonymous
(Aug 26, 2000)

In my opinion I just can't see how this book ever got published. So far I am only half of the way through, but come on. How silly can you get. It almost seems written for kindergardners. This is not the worst book I have ever read, however it comes close. If you have at least an ounce of brains you can pretty much tell what is going to happen next. I don't know if this is what the author intended but it seems simple to me.

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(Jul 26, 2000)

I can't understand anyone who hated this book! I thought it was absolutely amazing! It had all the elements of a truly amazing fantasy. Darken Rahl was the perfect villain and Richard his amazing opponent. Not to mention hilarious old wizard--Zedd, of course. Kahlan and the Mord-Sith were also incredible--strong and independent, not your usual fair-maidens-in-trouble. I sat down and finished this book in a day and a half!! I couldn't put it down!! This is the perfect book for someone who wants an amazing fantasy without useless dialogue and boring descriptions given by other fantasy writers like Tolkien. And you guys--give the book a chance!! Don't read two chapters and decide it's the "worst book you've ever read..."

Submitted by
(Jun 16, 2000)

Non-fantasy fans and Tolkienites alike should find Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule quite enjoyable.

What sets his series, of which this book is the first, apart from its contemporaries is the brilliant depth of its main character, Richard. Instead of relying on simple legendary excuses for heroism, this man proves his worthiness of a fantasy series through true cunning.

Reminiscent of Captain Kirk, Richard is able to time and again accomplish the impossible -- from befriending his enemy's personal dragon to winning the love of a woman more powerful than any queen whom destiny purported may never love.

Goodkind's world is every bit as imaginitive - if not complex- as those of Robert Jordan and Tolkien. Fast-paced, fun and exciting, Wizard's First Rule is a great read and entryway to a fantastic series for anyone whose ever thought there's a problem that can't be solved.

Submitted by Anonymous
(Jun 12, 2000)

This is a vary good story.  I think is a good blend of originality and borrowing from concepts in the culture.  I have read lots of science fiction series and I did not find the story a repeat of others.  The author may have borrowed some story ideas, but there is a lot of originality.  The orginal elements make this story a treasure.  I can name one unique example.  What wizard is like Zedd?    He is definately a unique character and he is not a stereotypical figure.  He might have a little bit of Obi-wan and he might resemble some of the other wizards from other stories, but his sense of humor, his wit, his wisdom make hime unique.  Give this story a chance.  Introduce yourself to this world.  Terry Goodkind creates a beautiful story, memorable characters and many plot twists not found in many books.  I highly recommend it.

Submitted by Joe
(May 09, 2000)

I finished Wizard's First Rule today, and started the next book in the series already.  I think several reviews have showered enough praise on Terry Goodkind, so I won't waste my time with that.  I found the book very easy reading and not wanting to put it down (most times).  It wasn't the greatest ever written though... Let me qualify my review by saying that in the past two years I've read all the released books in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.  If you've read these, you'll understand my disappointment that the Sword of Truth series (so far) is WAY TOO OBVIOUS!!  I will admit that it was far easier reading than WoT, but I was able to predict almost all the plot points, even the central and surprising ones.  While it was enjoyable reading, there was little suspense.  I was disappointed at the lack of surprise... everything was too neatly layed out, and not much left to wonder.  Hopefully the story will continue with the enjoyment of reading, without the simplicity of thought.

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