Reader’s Advisory: Book Review, “Wizard’s First Rule” (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind

swordoftruthIn the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them–for reasons Richard can’t imagine and Kahlan dare not say.
In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword–to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.
This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.


3 Stars

While I came to enjoy this book immensely, and fully intend on continuing the series, I cannot fully forgive such a slow start to such a long book.

I loved the true originality of the main characters and the driving story combined with an obvious influence of other fantasy writers with the small details. It created a familiar world with a determinedly unique plot. Looking forward to his other books, and hoping they maintain the speed that the last 300 or so pages of this one did.

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