Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Wizard's First Rule

By Terry Goodkind

  • Release Date: 2010-09-14
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 252 Ratings
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Wizard's First Rule, the first novel by Terry Goodkind, was a phenomenon from the moment it was published by Tor Books in 1994, selling over a million copies in North America alone. It still sells more than 100,000 copies a year there and has gone on to bestsellerdom in the United Kingdom and in more than twenty foreign translations as well as audiobook form.

It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand. 

Richard and Kahlan's story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with CONFESSOR in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than 20 million copies to date worldwide. 

In Wizard's First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.

The importance of Wizard's First Rule goes beyond these achievements. Goodkind took on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that would also make people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers. 
Years after reading Wizard's First Rule Goodkind fans still ask themselves, "What would Richard do?" when confronted with life's obstacles and challenges. "Your life is yours alone," Richard says at a key moment. "Rise up and live it." To take that step, you must rise up and read this extraordinary novel that has meant so much to so many.


  • Amazing Series

    By Billiam2920
    I love these books, I started reading them several years ago and am retreading them now, but my question is why are there books missing?
  • Loved it!

    By MissSaVvage
    I've read this whole series sooo many times! Can't get enough! Best series ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Harlequin romance with s&m overtones

    By Beatnik ben
    Predictable, repetitive, repetitive, repetitive, unidimensional characters, feels like a very poor "made for TV" series where main characters are winning the lottery at every corner (After the prerequisite suffering). ... but ultimately, the one suffering the most is the reader. Oh... and the editing is terrible. Too bad I can't give it a fifth of a star...
  • Iffy a little immature

    By Cvansoelen
    Plot line was ok and the basic were good but he is not very imaginative in his creatures and seems to have a very childish way of describing each character or creatures, I agree with an earlier post after reading George RR Martin's a song of ice and fire they just cannot compare. I am only done the first book so maybe they will get a little more mature but if you are older and looking for some mature fantasy I would stay away from these books
  • Good book

    By Wd5gcb
    Just wondering if someone could put up a list of the books in order for the series
  • This book rocks

    By Peter Grear
    I have got to say, this is the best fantasy book ever. Riveting in detail and compelling storyline.
  • Incredible

    By KayyteeB
    There are few authors that can make one read with such reckless abandon. Terry Goodkind is one such rarity.
  • Amazing journey

    By D.laroche64
    I read a lot of fantasy while I was a teen. It was part of a wonderful little world I constructed with the help of Tolkien, Weis, Brust, Eddings, Mcaffrey, to name a few. Like any teen, it allowed a welcome break from a lot of the stuff we go through at that age. Goodkind brought me back to my secret world, with a prose showing storytelling talent like I hadn't enjoy since... Well, for quite a while ! If you are hesitating about reading this book, don't. I'm sure you will appreciate the amazing journey in Goodkind universe. Everything in the very true and pure tradition of fantasty litterature.
  • Amazing

    By Spr1nkman
    I have read this series a half dozen times. And finding it on here made my day. Other than some spelling issues throughout the book it was the same as holding the novel. Now to buy the rest.
  • Only the first one

    By thank you CaptainObvious
    I have already read the first one where are all the others. Over 280,000 books and you can't even put more then one book of a series on.