Wizard's First Rule : Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series, Paperback Book

Wizard's First Rule : Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series Paperback

Part of the Gollancz S.F. series

5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


One man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations and of humanity.

But until he learns the Wizard's First Rule his chances of succeeding in his task are slim. And his biggest problem is admitting that magic exists at all ...A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: in a world where heart hounds stalk the boundaries for unwary human prey, blood-sucking flies hunt on behalf of their underworld masters, and where artists can draw more than your likeness, there is no place to hide, nowhere safe.Here magic makes love twice as sweet, betrayal and loss twice as bitter.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780752889801



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Fantastic, I loved every page :) Proper old fashioned fun fantasy, wizards..dragons..magic swords, the works. There’s a brilliant kind of minimalism to the way Goodkind writes, compared to say Jordan it’s bliss to read, fast paced and no faffing. He also doesn’t mince about with a thousand subplots, which for my personal taste is a breath of fresh air. No messing! The characters are engaging, the plot is sound, and on the whole it’s a thoroughly entertaining read. I can’t fault it to be honest with you.

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I remember years and years ago coming across Terry Goodkind novels at a flea market, I believe it might have been. I'm afraid that at the time I had him confused with fantasy author Terry Brooks. I had not and have not read much fantasy—still have not read Brooks books; though admittedly, since reading Cervantes "Don Quixote", I have slowly been picking up interest in the genre.My obliviousness to Goodkind, Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, and "The Sword of Truth" novels remained until one day I came upon the tv show "Legend of the Seeker", which of course, I found out was based on Goodkind's fantasy novels.Now, since the beginning I have been a fan of the television shows "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (remember the rare N64 game that was available only through Blockbuster?) and "Xena: Warrior Princess" (I had the Xena N64 fighting title too).I must say that I did not immediately take to the tv show "Legend of the Seeker". I don't take to many tv shows at all. It grew on me. When enlightenment came (partially due to the beauty of the actresses who play Kahlan and Cara), I jumped completely on board when I came across the 1st novel in the series.I was absolutely delighted with "Wizard's First Rule". It was strange being vaguely familiar with the characters already, yet not at all disillusioning—in fact, just the opposite. I was a bit wary of jumping into something 836 pages long, but wow!, did they fly by!I was a bit shocked at what an excellent writer Goodkind was. I wonder if he is a wizard... Not once did I find reading a chore! The story of the Seeker is truly magical. I have fallen in love with the characters. Together with the tv fantasy nostalgia, the wizards, Confessors, Mord'Sith, dragons, Gars, border guards, underworld creatures, vile princesses—just WOW! Most of all, I love Richard's Westland forests...& Kahlan. ( ^_- )Can't wait to continue the series. I plan to finish the novels before completely immersing myself in the tv show (don't want to spoil it!).I feel a bit like I should go into the story, but it is of such epic proportions, I feel I can only do it justice by bragging on it! Quite a time Richard had there with Denna... Read it!

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I’m still to find out why loads of people don’t like Terry Goodkin. I really liked this book. It’s full of adventures and magic and loveable characters who always get in trouble but always get out of it. It’s a happy book with a “to be continued” happy ending.It never gets boring, there’s always something happening for sure. I guess that’s what makes 820 pages fly by. Richard, Kahlan and Zedd joined my imaginary friends so quickly and I think I’ll never forget them.

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This book is one of a whole series amazing book and the books to follow only get better as you read them you are drawn in to the story and the roller coaster ride of a life time begins and you will love ever page you read my thanks to the wonderful author Terry Goodkind & it was a pleasure to read all the Sword of Truth series with that said happy reading to all with love from wee me. xxxxx

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