Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind [novel]  » Books  »
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      In Terry Goodkind’s seminal “Sword of Truth” fantasy series, the forces of good and evil: their natures and their struggle against one another are just one of the themes explored. The story of a young woods guide named Richard Cypher begins when he meets a young, dangerous woman named Kahlan Amnell in the first book in the series: “Wizard’s First Rule.

      ” As I [and many of the other critics giving their blurbs on the back cover will tell you, “Wizard’s First Rule” is a magnificent fantasy novel.

      In my mind, Terry Goodkind has

      three major assets to the quality of his writing [and it is of great quality]: he is able to address the ‘good’ and ‘evil’ sides of human nature, and how either may stem from a personal belief that either is the most inherent in human beings.

      Another is his ability to seamlessly show his story from multiple viewpoints [places and characters] without taking the power or connectivity we feel from the main characters of Richard and Kahlan, he builds his story from all sides in this way, stacking up the suspense and tension ...

      • to the breaking point at the climax.

        His most important skill as a writer is his excellent ability to write empathetically.

        He creates realistic, and yet extremely varied characters with their own beliefs, moral values and patterns of thought and behaviour.

        He allows us, the readers, to approach and become connected to these characters, and thus, the story by not getting on a moral or social high horse and seemingly dictating directly to us what is right and wrong in his world.

        Through all the struggles, the trials and tribulations that Richard and

        Kahlan face as they adventure across Goodkind’s world, [from ‘Westland’ across the ‘Midlands’ to the evil D’Haran Empire, where they must face [the well-named] Darken Rahl] the challenges are both clearly internal and external, and both are clearly one and the same, unable to exist without the other.

        It’s that kind of unity in Goodkind’s worldview that allows me to take him more seriously than other, more static fantasy outings.

        A great adventure with a well-developed world full of characters, creatures, and unique rules of magic that sets the foundation for the rest of the ‘Sword of Truth’ series.

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