WIZARD’S FIRST RULE by Terry Goodkind

The Premise: Richard Cypher’s decision to help a woman in the Upper Ven near the Boundary between the Midlands and Westland sires more trouble than first appears. Kahlan Amnell seeks the help of a wizard in the Westland, and she brings with her dark news from the other side of the Boundary: Darken Rahl, Ruler of D’Hara, has brought down the other Boundary between D’Hara and the Midlands. This menacing ruler continues his dead father’s quest for control by pressing war on the now vulnerable Midlands. Kahlan wants the wizard to name a Seeker of Truth who can try to stop Darken Rahl. When she finds the Old Wizard, he names Richard to be the Seeker and starts him on the quest that will forever alter the world. (from Wikipedia)

My Take on the Book: This is one of those books – the kind that leaves you wanting more when you’re finished. Lucky me, I think there are 10 more books in the series. This is also the type of book that has you wondering what to read next because it is hard for anything to measure up. The characters keep coming to mind, even in my dreams. That’s a sure sign that a book has deeply affected me. I have a request for the 2nd book on paperbackswap.com – hopefully it will be coming soon, otherwise, I see a visit to Borders in my near future:)

There is a lot of violence in this book, both mystical and natural. There is a war going on between the D’Harans and the people of the Midlands, and many of the atrocities of war show up here. There are also some sexual situations, most not by choice, so if that offends you, this may not be the book for you. One of the things I really liked is the intelligence Richard Cypher shows in his behavior and in the way he handles difficult experiences. He questions things rather than just accepting them. In one instance, rather than offending the people he is staying with by not accepting their customs because it goes against what he believes, he comes up with a unique solution that stops him from doing something he is morally against, while allowing his hosts to “save face”.

Reading Challenges: What’s in a Name Challenge, 1sts Reading Challenge, and the ever present 100 Book Challenge

Rating: five stars

My Rating system: five stars – couldn’t put it down and will read again
four stars – enjoyable read, but had some flaws
three stars – really didn’t affect me one way or the other
two stars – too many problems to make the story enjoyable
one star – didn’t even finish the book

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