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This book has constant action and a steady stream of challenges, some seeming impossible to overcome. The characters, including animals and dragons add to the improbability of success, yet, at the end of the book, the "good" succeed!
I picked it because it was recommended to me, I love it! It’s definitely a page turner. All characters are wonderful. Wizards, creatures, are amazing. I feel as if I’m actually in the book. Highly recommended this book!
4.0 out of 5 starsThis is the main thing I love about this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2016
Some passages in this book made me think about the philosophy this book was trying to portray. This is the main thing I love about this book. It makes you think about life, what it means to be good or evil, what meaning your actions and the reality behind the wizard's first rule. The characters are not unique; they are your stereotypical hero (complete marysue), heroine and your local helpful wizard. I liked the introduction but fell in and out of reading as it did become boring. However, as soon as they introduce the main villain, I could not put it down. Darken Rahl is also your stereotypical villain (evil for the sake of being evil) but his traits are what draws the reader to want to learn more about him and his intentions. So if you feel a bit bored reading at first, please keep at it till you get to the first scene with Darken Rahl. It becomes so much more thereafter.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2018
I came across this series thanks to the television show, Legend of the Seeker. I must say, I loved the show and it was a travesty it ended. However, the detail of this book is amazing and never dulls. I understand the characters better, the setting is so detailed and I really do feel the show missed vital elements for the continuity of the story. Highly recommend to all! I can't wait to start book 2!
5.0 out of 5 starsExciting, fun, magical adventure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2018
I've loved this book ever since the first time I read it, when I was 11....I am now 34 and love reading it just as much now as I did then! It is a fantastic, magical adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythical or magical stories, stories about good vs evil, with a little bit of romance sprinkled in with the danger and excitement. I love the writing style, the characters and the scenery in which the story takes place. It is a brilliant book on its own, but also an exceptionally good introduction to the world of The Sword of Truth. Chances are, if you like books like Lord of The Rings or The Wheel of Time, you will enjoy this!
I'm not really big on wizards etc, but this seemed like the shallow end of the fantasy genre so I gave it a go. It starts off slowly but good and something like a young adult adventure. By the end is firmly in the adult area as its grim, violent and set in a world of evil people who do evil things.
The cast of characters are all good, even the villains, everyone gets introduced and their story told. Its fun, lengthy and worth a read.
Its probably at the easier going end of the fantasy genre and nothing too dare I say, nerdy! Which was perfect for me. I've now bought the next 6 books in the series, its that good.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2019
A very imaginative, excellent fantasy but let down by a coupleof things which may well be ironed out in the later books. I found the torture scenes too long even though they are necessary to the plot and I got the impression that TG actually enjoys writing these scenes. But for most readers I would imagine these details are unpalatable and like myself are probably skipped over without detriment to the story line. The second thing that I found difficult to accept is the baby language and the superficial character delineation of both Rachel and the Princess and this spoilt the flow of the narrative. This is definitely for adults who love fairy tales (and I include yours truly!). But overall the book is gripping, fast-paced and leaves you wanting to know what next interesting development awaits the intrepid heroes. The characters are all certainly well conceived and apart from my two caveats above (hence the 4 stars) the book is definitely recommended for hard-line fantasy lovers. This is Mervyn Peake, J R Tolkien, George Martin, Steven King and Tad Williams presented in a single package!
4.0 out of 5 starsGood - but not great. Strong story let down a bit by the writing & character development.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2018
The writing style is a little bit simplistic and he beats you over the head with foreshadowing sometimes (you don't get to feel smug and clever for figuring things out because there's very little subtlety) but the story is very engaging and hard to put down.
I ended up not finishing the second book as some parts were very dark and I found them personally difficult to read comfortably, but if you don't mind that sort of thing I would definitely recommend the series as good (but not great) fantasy.
4.0 out of 5 starsA good book from start to finish
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2013
This book took longer to read than expected as I had other commitments (that darned university work) though I am glad that I kept it going in the background rather than thinking about reading it at another time.
The book does start slowly but I dont mind this. You really get a feeling for the characters in the beginning, knowing who will reall excel and develop throughout the book.
I did find some parts of the book a drag, for example, the amount of time that they spend with the mud people. They are there for such a long time that I expected them to appear at the end, but alas they did not.
In another review it was mentioned that there was around 100 pages on the torture of Richard and that this was not needed. This is some what true but I actually didnt find that this dragged at all.
Before the last 10 pages there was a very slow moving moment, but then I felt that the ending of the book came to soon, though it was very good. I love how Zedd was so much more than he really let on.
Even though this is a big book if you are looking for some easy fantasy to read please try this one. There is alot that happens in the story but it does not get confusing unlike other books that I have read.
I really did enjoy this one and will move onto the next once I have read some smaller books!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2014
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I read one third, and decided I wasn't reading any more. At first I quite enjoyed it. The novel seemed an authentic heroes and wizards tale, with a sweet love story from the beginning. The writing was simple, but the plot kept unfolding, like adventures always used to.
However, it began to wear thin, the writing was getting annoying and then some sick scenes appeared, which weren't necessary. The attributes which made me overlook the poor writing, were gone.
The writing is poor. Characterisation lacks realism and the dialogue is often very bad. It's all written in a kind of childish level of emotion, with lots of repetitive interior thoughts, and lots of slightly idiotic dialogue.
2.0 out of 5 starsExtended S&M and Child-Killing Chapters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2015
The very extended (around 100 pages) of detailed S&M torture scenes and the chapters about the villain killing a young child are not what you expect from the standard fantasy cover or from the blurb.
Also, as other reviewers have noted, there are some stock characters in here (the witch and her assistant), some characters/dialogue that belong more to a children's novel (the evil princess, the good wizard, the brave girl fleeing the castle) and the brother's betrayal can be spotted a long way in advance.
That said, the style was readable and there were some new ideas added into the mix.
5.0 out of 5 starsA review for the 'Legend of the Seeker' fans:
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2012
After having watched (and loved) The Legend of the Seeker, I had to give these books a go. I'm not usually a fantasy reader - i like easier dysotopian/vampire/romance novels.
The differences:- I knew it wasn't going to be a carbon copy of the series (that book would make no sense, a lot of the events in the series wouldn't add anything to the storyline in the book, e.g. going to the previous Seeker Ciarans crypt would just waste pages). There are a lot of differences between the book and the series, for example Panis Rahl is not Richards father and Kahlan is already the last Confessor at the beginning of the book, instead of the middle of the series, etc. The series follows Richard, Kahlan and Zedd on tangents of helping others, and the many different magical ways that Rahl can gain power and kill Richard. Whereas the synopsis of the book is much more focused on Richard becoming the Seeker and stopping Rahl get all 3 of the boxes of Orden by the first day of Winter (there is a deadline!). So the book is thankfully more linear. One last comparson: the TV series is toned down a lot, in the way that the book can be somewhat brutal at times. For example, George Cypher wasnt just killed, but instead Rahl cut open his stomach and "read" his guts. However, the brutal things are mostly just stated, as opposed to being written out in gory detail. So i think the more brutal aspects add to the storyline, but not your nightmares.
The similarities:- The main characters in the book and the series are true to each other, so i found it effortless to take the Richard and Kahlan i knew from LOTS and imagine them in the book. (Rahl is blonde but i just ignored those bits).
The review:- Basically, i loved it! The writing style was easy to read, the plot (although different) was fantastic. I really liked that you find out parts of the characters that you didnt know before, and see them in a new light. Essentially the series and the book really compliments each other, they are totally different but you can easily love both at the same time. The actors are true to the characters, and i can watch the series again thinking "oh now i know this about you, Demmin Nass you sick b******". There are some things in the book that never made it to the screen, and a lot of things on the screen that are not in the book, however that is how it should be. Both the 'Wizards First Rule' and 'Legend of the Seeker' are fantastic, but they are fantastic individually and needed to be as different as they are. Instead of reading a copy of the TV series, now i have 2 fantastic storylines!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2016
Just coming near the end of this book. Will definitely be getting rest of series ( 17 so far!) These are very thick books I think will take me years to get through the series! Excellent story got all the right ingredients, easy to read none of this faffing about weirdness that some authors do. Characters are believable and relatable. Think I've become terry goodkinds newest fan! (Can't believe he lives in woods in maine-how jammy)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2019
Scam! I have ordered the edition as seen on the picture however, I have received a different edition! Also, I have specifically asked at the check-out to hide the price as this is a gift and they have PRINTED the price on the book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2020
Returning to old favourites can be a mistake, this wasn't - classic fantasy well written, intricately but logically plotted and some (startlingly) mature themes Someone please do a series of this - got to be better than the witcher!
I'm unsure why this was such a hit. It has many obvious tropes of fantasy, granted with some original twists (the mord sith). It is well written with likeable characters. However magic is very convenient for the main characters to get them out of situations again and again. Also the names rather telegraph the characters. I mean Darken Rahl, must be a top guy, right.