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Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

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Submitted by Tiago 
(Apr 04, 2003)

When I bought this book I had read the prequel "Debt of Bones" and really liked it, a nice short story with good likable characters, so I went to Amazon.com and got this. IMO this book has some serious problems, I could never get into the story, especially the last part of the book. The world Terry has created has real potential, we see a lot of new fantasy elements introduced, but the characters are impossible to get into (once again this is my personal opinion). I really looked forward to this series but just couldnīt keep going onto book 2. Iīve read a lot of fantasy and this really is the first negative review I have ever gave.

Submitted by czar 
(Apr 04, 2003)

Garbage, though readable garbage. The lead characters nearly escape death about seven times in the first hundred pages of this book (once because a cat makes a noise, once because they "sense something is wrong," once because they see a fly), so it is clear that Goodkind is making the audience suspend disbelief even more than fantasy typically requires. How many times should the lead characters almost die? I'd say less than the thirty plus times Goodkind brings them to the brink of death (yawn). What happened to pacing?
Every character is broadly sketched and looses his temper in a predictable and annoying way. When an author has his "intelligent" characters yelling and behaving rashly all the time, I start to draw negative conclusions on what the author perceives to be "intelligent human behavior." I don't want to ruin this book for you, but the big twist at the end is the same as the one in Star Wars. I will give Goodkind minor credit for creating an unbelievably long and harrowing torture sequence (and the gars are pretty neat), but The Wizards' First Rule of "people are stupid" is one the author seems to apply to his own writing techniques and appraisal of fantasy audiences. Please email me with book recommendations if you know what I'm saying is true.

Submitted by Zach Sisco 
(Dec 12, 2002)

This book is the BEST fantasy book I've ever read! Unlike LotR it doesn't drag on with unreasonable historical knowledge, and the suspense keeps the reader begging for more. I am currently reading book 3 (Blood of the Fold) right now, and still can't get over the epic story. I suppose this is what intrigued me to begin writing my own novel. Terry Goodkind's books have become top on my list of books. Kudos to Terry!!!

Submitted by Maria Nichols 
(Dec 12, 2002)

I was shocked after reading WFR, then seeing a very degrading and insulting review by an "editor". I was SO very glad to have a place where I may tell any interested party .. I enjoyed reading this book IMMENSELY!!
It was winter in Wisconsin and I had "Cabin Fever" to the highest degree possible. A friend gave me WFR after I spoke of my depression because of nature trapping and confining me.
"This will help" he said.
OMG!! He was TOO right!! I thought about the characters and the story all day as I did chores and took care of my family... I heard it call to me each evening as I neared my alloted "reading time".
My husband called WFR my "other man," as it was my preference to take the book to bed with me. I am VERY lucky I did not lose him during the time.

Submitted by Steven P. 
(Aug 16, 2002)

The first half of this book is exciting --- not terribly original, but Goodkind sort of milks the cliches and mostly succeeds. People who swear SoT isn't a WoT rip-off are wrong, though: everything is here -- the Aiel (Mud People), Sisters of the Light (Aes Sedai), The Sword of Truth (The Sword That Is Not a Sword), the Mother Confessor (Amyrlin Seat) -- and on and on. But, lest we forget, WoT is actually a rip-off of LotR, but the best Tolkien rip-off to date.

This first book has a lot of energy, and kept me engrossed for about 3/4 of the way through, but this is where I started losing interest. What disturbed me is how prejudiced TG seems to be. Is it coincidence that the only gay character is a rapist/murderer of young boys? Or did he think that just having a gay character at all would be something different? I'm not sure, but I'm kind of leaning toward the first. There's too much hatred toward Demmin, and not much background explaining why he's so sadistic. Even the most evil men have SOME good in their hearts. I am planning on reading volume 2 of this series, but I hope, if TG can't bring himself to pen sympathetic, complex gay characters, that he avoids plugging them into the story at all.

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