Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Wizard's First Rule

8 / 10

The first fantasy book I’ve ever read. I thought of buying one since I’m getting fond of fantasy movie genres, why not read one since I’m getting hooked to many already on the silver screen.

I like the twists applied in the book on the protagonist’s life, Richard Cypher. The tale will keep you up at night in how Richard will develop into from an ordinary woods guide to a powerful Seeker that he should be, the most powerful Seeker Midlands will have, the chosen one. He will be guided by his friends, a great wizard (Zedd), a respected mother confessor and his love interest (Kahlan), and a brave boundary warden (Chase).

In stopping Darken Rahl, he will meet different people from diverse places, from the Mud People, that welcomed him as an outsider from their tribe, up to the Mord Sith that thought him the spirit breaking brutality of pain and suffering.

Here is, by the way, the Wizard’s First Rule:

<i>People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.
—Chapter 36, p.397, U.S. hardcover edition</i>

With this tenet, Richard Cypher will have to utilize with his head to defeat Darken Rahl as a Seeker and perhaps as a potential wizard. Though it spoiled the excitement of the use of the rule after Richard applied this on Zedd. After he used this on Zedd, I predicted already on what to come about his confrontation with Darken Rahl in the end.

Wizard’s First Rule is the first of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, the book is now in a TV adaptation entitled “Legend of the Seeker”, which trailer is posted here a few weeks ago.

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