One man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations and of humanity. But until he learns the Wizard's First Rule his chances of succeeding in his task are slim. And his biggest problem is admitting that magic exists at all ...A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: in a world where heart hounds stalk the ...Read MoreOne man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations and of humanity. But until he learns the Wizard's First Rule his chances of succeeding in his task are slim. And his biggest problem is admitting that magic exists at all ...A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: in a world where heart hounds stalk the boundaries for unwary human prey, blood-sucking flies hunt on behalf of their underworld masters, and where artists can draw more than your likeness, there is no place to hide, nowhere safe. Here magic makes love twice as sweet, betrayal and loss twice as bitter.Read Less
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this is a super story it is part of the sword of truth series which has a different name for T. v. legend of the seeker one of the best i ever read
Jun 5, 2009
This book was recomended to me by my fiance and we bought the CD so we could sit and listen to it together. He had listened to it years ago, and couldn't stop talking about it. In fact, he talked about it sooo much, that I decided to buy it and listen for myself. It was well worth the buy. I cant wait to get the rest of the set!
Sep 2, 2008
This was by far one of my favorite books ever. My father tried to get me to read this book for years and I put it off until last summer. I read it nearly from cover to cover. I couldnt stop myself from reading. I literally would wake up, read it, take a nap and read it when I awoke.
The story is so engrossing and you can just feel what the characters are going through. This is a must read!
Feb 11, 2008
Absolutely worth the money
The book started off with actions right away. It's a change from many books that builds up slowly. This sucks you into the story right away. Before you know it, events start to unfold fast. I love the details of the main characters. Each of their emotions are carefully layed out for the readers to savor, to experience and immerse into each character, bad or good ones. I find myself constantly going back to previous pages to find clues relating to the events I was reading about. So I can totally understand it. Definitely a must read, besides The LOTR.
Apr 5, 2007
A great book! rich complicated characters that stay with you long after you've read the book. I consider this the best book out of his sword of truth books. Once again, great fantasy, great charcter development, a must read!
Publishers Weekly, 1994-08-29 Big, bland and conventional, Goodkind's first novel is an epic fantasy that doesn't conjure up much magic. Its hero, Richard Cypher, is no ordinary woodsman. He is, at first unknown to himself, the ``Seeker,'' wielder of the Sword of Truth and the only possessor of the arcane knowledge contained in the powerful Book of Counted Shadows. After his father is killed for refusing to disclose that book's location, Richard is wandering in his beloved forest when he spies a beautiful woman, Kahlan, being stalked by several assassins who have pursued her from her magic-filled homeland of the Midlands. Stalwart Richard saves Kahlan and, along with a wizard named Zedd, sets out to foil the power-hungry designs of the evil Midlands tyrant Darken Rahl. Many of the best moments here come during encounters with secondary characters: Adie, a crotchety old woman who traffics in Underworld magic by using bones; Rachel, an abused child who longs for her hair to be evenly trimmed; and Mistress Denna, a sadist who tortures Richard. Goodkind's writing improves as the book winds on, giving hope that the promised sequel will outclass this volume, but, for the most part, his prose is flat, his ideas hackneyed (Wizard's First Rule is, ``people are stupid''), his characters tediously moralistic and his plot without originality. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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