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Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

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Submitted by Angelika 
(Dec 03, 2001)

WIZARD'S FIRST RULE. This is the best fantasy story I have ever read. It's a 6, yes a ******. Be forewarned, lock your doors, have drink & food on hand, disconnect that phone & turn off your cell phone and don't start reading on a weekday unless you don't have to work, study or anything else because once you start.... well, the only other thing you'll be doing is running for the bathroom. No other diversions accepted. You say sleep?? Ha! Your nuts. Not with WIZARD'S FIRST RULE. It is 573 pages of non-stop action. Oh the bliss. Their are no slow, boring pages or chapters. You will never ever pick up a Terry Brooks (yawn, unless you want to fall asleep by end of chapter one) again. Well off to read STONE OF TEARS. Oh the anticipation.. Oh the bliss....

Submitted by Anonymous 
(Oct 30, 2001)

This book became my favorite book before I finished it. I hated reading, but now I understand that all the crap teachers give out to read really can't compare with this book. Let me put it simple: If you don't like this book after reading all of it, then I gotta see what you're reading...

Submitted by ChaosDarkKnight@aol.com 
(Sep 25, 2001)

This is one of the best series I have ever read. I am currently on the second book and am very impressed with the depth of the story especially whilst only remaining behind the eyes of a very limited characters. I am also very pleased with his evil. I love a great truly evil character, they are extremely believable in the fact that they do have some morals and a soft side at times they truly emphasize the depth of evilness by exposing their humanity. I won't say that Terry Goodkind is the best of all time, just because my favorite is usually the one I am currently reading, I love a great deal of fantasy writers out there, but I must say if you want a fast paced, extremely well written book, please give this one a chance, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!!

Submitted by IndianDragon 
(Sep 03, 2001)

Wizards First Rule, is the very first book that I have ever read that has not made me sleepy. it is also the first book that is over 200 pages that I have ever read. I enjoyed it period hands down. he was very vivid with his descriptions, and even made me have compassion in the end for Richard's torturer(her name escapes me at the moment). I found myself actually feeling sadness for her & strength for a character, Richard, that starting out being just a guide who got stuck by a thorn. BRILLIANT plot... oh my goodness, simply brilliant. I had never known that from such a simple beginning that it would have ever turned out that way. I felt such compassion for all of them, except for Richard's brother and his true father of course. While I have not read the second book as of yet, I am assured that it is equally as good or most likely WAY BETTER(descriptions & icky animals) THAN THE FIRST. way to go Terry...

Submitted by chip 
(Aug 17, 2001)

I'm always on the lookout for a new fantasy, which is why I picked up this book. From the cover blurb it seemed to have the right elements. And indeed it does. I have to admit right here that I didn't finish the book. The reason was a growing sense of frustration. That frustration resulted from plot holes, paper-thin characters, and trite events, which mar what could have been a good fantasy. They need a wizard to help them, and it just happens to turn out that Zedd is nearby and available for the trek. Do all powerful wizards have nothing to do but wait around for mundanes that need their assistance? Obi-wan from Star Wars is a classic example, as is Justin from Dave Edding's first book in the series. These guys have no life, and you can imagine them daily hoping that the main character will get into trouble so they can get off welfare, turn off the soaps, and finally have something to do. Tolkien, to his credit, kept Gandalf constantly in motion, as befits someone as important as he is. The female lead is both useless and all-powerful. This type of bipolar disorder is common in fantasy books, but she is almost clinical. Naturally she is the perfect mate for the male lead, but in this story you are led to believe the two will be married by page 50. The writing has already been commented on, so I won't go there except to say that there *has* to be some interaction between the characters that answers the kind of questions that the reader is asking. Does it seem reasonable that Richard character would get a thorn embedded into his hand, an event which is reflected on in the narrative many times, but then never seek help or even ask about the peculiar way the thorn dug itself deeper into his flesh? If this was routine for his world, then why did the author bring it up; if it was an odd event and worthy of description, then why did Richard fail to do what anyone with half a brain would do and seek help? Either the author or character has a serious problem, and neither bodes well for the reader.

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