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"An amazing epic fantasy"

The evil Darken Rahl is succeeding in making a grab to possess the three boxes of Orden in order to control the magic that is contained within them. Darken Rahl's strategic goal is conquering the three kingdoms (Westland, The Midlands, and D'Hara) currently separated by a seemingly impenetrable mystic boundary.

To stop Darken Rahl, the wizards send Kahlan Amnell across the barrier to find the 'Seeker of Truth' somewhere in Westland where magic is outlawed. She meets Richard Cypher who immediately takes her to his teacher Zedd, who he believes is the great wizard who can identify the Seeker. The last things Richard expected were to fall in love and learn he is the Seeker. With the aid of a wizard and his beloved, Richard must fight Darken. Richard realizes he must use the very weapons that make his foe powerful and malevolent for without them he cannot win, but using them can easily turn him into a darker Darken.

WIZARD'S FIRST RULE is a reprint of the fabulous first tale in Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' saga. The story line remains a powerful epic fantasy that never slows down though like most opening genre books, it leaves threads for the next novel. The characters, especially the 'good guys', are engaging as they struggle to contain the evil within themselves from turning them into Darken clones. The WIZARD'S FIRST RULE does not apply to anyone who reads this book because this mesmerizing novel is worth the time and money.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 1, 2001

SUMMARY

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 more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age when 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 beat 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 tell him.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan cals 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

 

Wizard's First Rule
(Sword of Truth: Book 1)
by Terry Goodkind

Tor Books
August 1, 1994
Available: August 15, 1994
ISBN #0765300273
EAN #9780765300270
576 pages
Hardcover
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