This book reads like a game of Dungeons and Dragons It s a quest, a bit formulaic, and at times I could practically hear the narrator telling me to roll the ten sided die to see what happens when we go down the left fork In this book, we have the hapless regular guy who through a great series of coincidences finds himself traveling to save the world with the beautiful, mysterious woman formerly, the damsel in distress , the great and powerful wizard who is utterly disappointing and mostly serves as comic relief , and the hardened, streetwise soldier It almost feels like the author drew a map of his new fantastical world, decided to put the main character at one end, and the solution at the other, and then gave him a veritable obstacle course of classic problems on the way He runs into underworld beasts, monsters, dragons, deluded armies, and betrayal which, consequently, the rest of us saw coming 500 pages before he did To say this book is plot driven would be an understatement Sadly, though, even the pacing of that plot isn t good.
But none of that has anything to do with why I wouldn t want to hang out with the author I found the creations of his imagination really disturbing I could almost feel his delight in divining new and horrible atrocities to detail as the story went on Yes, the bad guy is very, very bad But there was a definite sick, sadistic side to the story I just have to wonder what kind of person decides to spend something like eight chapters on very descriptive and imaginative torture of one character, when the great love that supposedly drives the story took a comparative flash to develop He s great at devising innovative ways to cause pain and anguish, but terrible at imagining realistic human interaction The dialogue, sadly, reflects that When the author isn t describing pain or evil, a sitcom like feeling prevails A paraphrased typical scene a genuinely disturbing challenge with an emotional resolution that should leave everyone drained and perhaps scarred, until big old wizard asks, When do we eat To which everyone chuckles, Oh, that wizard, his stomach s always in charge and they all saunter off into the sunset arm in arm.
If you love Dungeons and Dragons, or if you re someone who enjoys causing or experiencing pain, this book is for you For me, not so much I wonder if his other books get any better Wizard s First Rule is a good example of why people think all post Tolkien Fantasy is trash It bears one tenth of Tolkien s imagination, a smaller fraction of his brilliant study, and oh look, swords Cliche family drama, an angsty romance between tormented lovers, powerful characters who are so unjustly tortured it s immature at best At its best, it is a clunky and self indulgently obtuse hero s journey Then there s the hundred page BDSM tangent, where the hero goes through excruciating pseudo bondage games with his captor This part borders on self parody, because the outrageous subject matter is stretched out for so long that it becomes boring and we re just waiting for it to end, and we know it will, because this isn t an inventive story that s going to venture to brave new intellectual worlds The romance is similarly brutal, but on the weepy side rather than the sado masochistic There isn t even the hero empowerment fun of Eragon to turn this into a fun immature adventure it s too slow and anxious for that Instead it builds to a ludicrous climax and a plot twist that you wouldn t think anyone would pen after Star Wars came out But this book would.
In The Aftermath Of The Brutal Murder Of His Father, A Mysterious Woman, Kahlan Amnell, Appears In Richard Cypher S Forest Sanctuary Seeking Help And 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 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 SayIn Their Darkest Hour, Hunted Relentlessly, Tormented By Treachery And Loss, Kahlan Calls Upon Richard To Reach Beyond His Sword To Invoke Within Himself Something Noble Neither Knows That The Rules Of Battle Have Just Changed Or That Their Time Has Run OutThis Is The Beginning One Book One Rule Witness The Birth Of A Legend I very much enjoyed this book I only hope I can say so for the rest of the series Mel Okay everyone Below is my review from when I tried to read Wizard s First Rule back in 2007 I was fresh out of college You know, back when you thought your opinion mattered While I didn t personally like the book and couldn t get into it, I really went for it in this review I now regret it You don t really understand how difficult it is to write something good until you try and write a book yourself It s taxing, time consuming, alienating Sometimes you think you wrote something amazing, and then someone will come around and tell you they d rather lick their own dog s teeth than read what you wrote Ouch It s hurtful I m leaving my review up below because I think it s a good lesson If you don t like something, cool, that s fine But you don t have to tear it down publicly Better yet, why not point out the good you saw in it There will be, inevitably, some person who shows up to point out all the bad Nobody s worried that that person won t show up, so they now must shoulder the responsibility I m also leaving this review up so that I don t run from it This review has gotten a lot of likes here on Goodreads, and with each new like, I feel and guilty about it Writing is hard My hat s off to you, Mr Goodkind I apologize for my distasteful and mean review Thankfully, you have so many fans out there that love your book and will stand by it, even when little shits like me throw out a mean review I m sorry I really did try for this one, as I love my boyfriend very much who loves this book I found the writing unbearable, as I would rather smell my dog s breath and lick his teeth than have to read words written by Terry Goodkind That being said, I was interested in the story, but it was as if the guy did not have an editor Oh, he had spell check, don t get me wrong, but no one told him to take out the emotions and or inner dialogue he would repeat up to 4 times in a paragraph I did love reading his acknowledgements page Does that count Also, just incase Terry Good and Kind is out there, I am very sorry too I wasn t too keen on your book, and I m sorry this attack on your book was personal to your writing style and abilities I think you are a cool looking man one of the best with a ponytail and I am sure you are as your last name implies.
Richard and Kahlen s Relationship Timeline Day One Richard Kahlen, now that we just met, we re the bestestest friends aren t we Kahlen We sure are Day Two Richard Kahlen, we re the bestestest of friends and I would give my life for you even though we just met Kahlen Me too Day Three Richard Kahlen, I love you than life itself What It s only been three days Well, that still seems sensible Kahlen My sentiments exactly Days Four through 20 Richard Love, love, love Kahlen I love you, but we can never be together ever because of the magic Days 21 through 30 Random Mord Sith comes in out of nowhere Days 30 See Days Four through 20.
More Details So, I didn t quite go into this with the best of intentions I wanted to jump on the bandwagon since I felt like the only one not making fun of Goodkind I can, however, say that I enjoyed Wizard s First Rule Ten years ago, I would have loved it than anything Five years ago, I still would have really really liked it Today, I ve realized I m not quite the same reader I was before I ve always loved what many term the traditional fantasy Farmer scullion learns true history that he she is the ultimate of awesome, the supreme queen of butterflies and aardvarks, the master and commander.
While I enjoyed Goodkind s twist on this traditional tale, it was still a bit much for me at times Richard is the boy who would be insert title and he s just too perfect He s good at EVERYTHING Okay, he s a wilderness guide, so he s good at tracking and woodsy stuff that s the technical term, believe me, I m a woodsy guide I can get behind that But then he can fight and solve riddles and do rubik s cubes and everything.
Then, and I kinda feel like a tool talking about this since I don t really know all that much what I m talking about, there s the lack of foreshadowing There s probably a better term that would qualify this, but we jump from one adventure to the next There s the ultimate good versus bad tale going on, but to get to the end, there s so much padding with multiple adventures in between We have to go to the mud people so they can tell us stuff Oops, the mud people can t tell us, we have to go to that mountain over there and it s such a dangerous mountain Oops again, now we have to call a fairy by tapping our ankles twice while holding our breath, doing a somersault on a donkey and spelling the word Goodkind backward.
I know Eddings Belgariad does much the same thing, but that has a special place in my heart, whereas The Sword of Truth was just too late in my reading career Add to that the less than stellar feelings toward the later volumes in the series, you may not see me carrying on.
I will say, the ending was pretty good and will actually be moving my 3 star rating up to a 3.
5 Lucky duck.
5 out of 5 Stars The sheer depth of Wizard s First Rule is simply amazing His characters are unique and original, yet seem simple when you realize that they aren t perfect Every chapter you read will cling you tighter to his series Of course, many will dislike Terry Goodkind s works, either because he establishes dead on ethics in an I m right, your wrong approach, or because of dissatisfaction with his writing style, but it would be a baseless altercation to state that he is a run in the mill, and mediocre author Terry Goodkind deserves nothing but praise for this extraordinary novel.
originality is a bit of a gray area It s hard to find what exactly constitutes paying homage versus stealing Terry Goodkind has left that gray area, sprinted 6 miles down the road, dug up the bodies of fantasy authors who came before him, and took the coins from their pockets.
Terry Goodkind is a grossly inept writer, with the writing ability of a somewhat intelligent seventh grader, but he jumped into the wide open fantasy field when there were hardly any good fantasy writers a state that hasn t completely changed, btw and he has the persistence to turn out 600 page novels, and so he got published and now he s grandfathered in, because some people don t have better taste than to buy his novels Additionally, his early work is grotesquely derivative, mostly of Robert Jordan as a matter of fact It also includes all kinds of clich fantasy tropes, which then never appear again in the series, as though dragons and gars just up and wandered off the planet at some point His bad guys, particularly in this book, are such a mish mash of evil that they became caricatures of evil, and are actually laughable For instance, either Darken Rahl or his henchman, I don t remember which These guys were not just evil and out to despoil everything in sight and out for total power and in cahoots with the evil underworld spirits, one of them was also a child molester to boot I m sure Goodkind would have called him a Nazi, had the concept fit into his milieu And finally, after about four novels or so, Goodkind sacrifices story telling on the altar of making a political point, and since then every book has been a thinly veiled objectivist, anti religious and anti altruism rant I don t care that he has a point of view, or that he occasionally slips it into his writing, but his evil characters have become now, not caricatures of evil, but mean spirited caricatures of the philosophy he opposes And so he has shown himself, through his writing, to be someone I would despise quite apart from it someone who can t conceive that the people who see things differently are men and women of good will who have just come to separate conclusions He tortures the crap out of his writing in order to make it serve his convoluted agenda.
Do yourself a favor and don t start this series Especially if, like me, you have OCD tendencies and feel compelled to finish what you start.
And yes, I am jealous that a lousy writer like that can have 600 page volume after 600 page volume published, and I can t Because, frankly, I think I m better than he is.
This is the beginning One book One Rule Witness the birth of a legend.
There are books you read once, you enjoy them and never give them a second thought There are books you love and want to share this love with the entire world And then there are books that are so precious to you that talking about them feels like sacrilege, like exposing your bare soul and instead you safeguard them like a treasure For me, Sword of Truth belongs to the latest category The only reason I decided to write a proper review is because it s a series that readers either love or hate, and I wanted to show you that despite the negative reviews there is something worth reading here, a gem that not everyone can appreciate but the ones who do, they will never be the same again So, here s my bare soul Take care, Seeker You have the gift Use it Use everything you have to fight Don t give in Don t let him rule you If you are to die, die fighting with everything you have, everything you know That is the way of a dragon There is a storm coming in the Three Kingdoms The tyrant of D Hara is about to put together the pieces of an ancient puzzle that can either give him unlimited power to control the world of the living or destroy life itself The wizards have fallen, and the only person that stands a chance against him is the Seeker of Truth, the wielder of the Sword of Truth, a weapon forged with magic destined only for those that are deemed worthy And that person is Richard Cypher With a grumpy wizard and a mysterious woman as his companions, he sets off an epic journey, a journey to unlock the secrets of magic and human nature, greed and love, and find his destiny People are stupid They will believe a lie because they want to believe it s true, or because they are afraid it might be true Terry Goodkind created a world I d give anything to live in He combines adventure with romance, magic, evil queens and dragons, sorcerers and wild tribes, past and present, death and life His magic system is extremely well written, his world building solid and fascinating, his characters realistic When I read his books, I feel like he s talking to me, he unravels the multiple layers of my soul and when he puts them back together, his story is among them It s a part of who I am Because his writing contains deeper messages and wisdom about life and love that sank into my bones The light of a new day always chases the shadows of the night away, and shows us that the shape of our fears is only the ghost of our own minds Every fantasy books narrates a version of the eternal battle between Good and Evil What makes Sword of Truth stand out, is that the enemy isn t a dark, inhuman lord who commands legions of nightmarish creatures No, the enemy is one man, a man who has given his soul to the darkness, whose goal is to eliminate resistance and free will And because of his pervertion, this book is dark, mature, cruel and sometimes disturbing, and themes like rape, tortures and human sacrifices are also included But without the darkness, we would not appreciate the light I am who I am no , no less I struggle to find words sufficient to describe why Richard is the best protagonist you could ever ask for He is not a child, he is a man, a man brave and loyal and fair, a man who tried for years to tame his anger only to find out that his righteous fury will be the means to use the Sword of Truth and deliver justice, no matter how hard it is He is kind and noble, he can forgive his enemies and fight for people he never met and above all, he is the smartest character I have ever met He is a hero And so is Kahlan She is a woman of power, strong and confident, dedicated to her mission and a nightmare to her enemies But the price of her power is the isolation and fear she inspires to everyone but Richard To say that they are my favorite couple of all time would be an understatement I ship them in an I would walk through the fiery pits of hell to make sure you end up together kind of way Don t expect rainbows and pink clouds, there are forces that keep them apart but their love is steady as a rock In fact, I believe those two give the definition of the word love Love is not about what you want It s about finding happiness for the one you love When I have a problem, when I can t decide what to do, I think of what Richard and Kahlan and Zedd would do They re than friends, they live inside me As soon as I read the first pages of Wizard s First Rule, I knew that my life was about to change And for that I am eternally grateful.
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