Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was recommended by my friend to read this book. She exclaimed that Terry Goodkind's imagination was second to none. Hearing such high acclaim from my friend, I agreed to give Wizard's First Rule a try.
At first, I found it very hard to believe that such a cliché book with non-original character and plots could make such an impression. This impression quickly changed. How it did, I still do not know. Perhaps it was simply Goodkind's descriptive words that fluidly described every colourful event that takes place, and amplifies every emotion felt by characters in the story.
Later in the book, I found out that this story was not to be taken lightly. It is not a book for children like I first thought, but instead a book with very violent and complicated woven plots. Its constant theme, the sacrifice of few for the greater collective, is constantly explored, often in heartbreaking ways.
I quickly grew an affiliation for Richard and Kahlan, the main characters. I was able to witness their forbidden love, how they wanted each other so badly yet wasn't able to have the other. Although they have very cliché personalities, the manner of which Goodkind makes them act makes them much more alive and interesting.
It also must be noted that Goodkind adds several creative elements and objects that is purely original and not seen (not that I have anyway) in other fantasy novels. The power of the Sword of Truth and the Confesser's powers are entirely new to the world of fantasy. Other creations with these included, created a vibrant new world that we cannot have possibly seen ourselves.
Wizard's First Rule is still not comparable to Tolkien's epic Lord of the Rings series, but it stands very high above the plethora of other fantasy novels. I am very excited to read the second book in the Sword of Truth series and am hoping that it will be as good as the first.
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