Lettering and Literature

Wizard’s First Rule

Author: Terry Goodkind
Series: Sword of Truth (Book 1)
Paperback: 836 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (August 15th 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765346524
ISBN-13: 9780765346520

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more.

His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them—for reasons Richard can’t imagine and Kahlan dare not say.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword—to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.

This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

What I thought: I first read this book in high school and I love the world that Terry created. Richard and Kahlen’s relationship was one of the reasons why I could always reread this book. I love that their relationship problems revolved around her powers and her fear of destroying him. Too many books used a love triangle or simple lying and omitting as their way to keep their lovers apart – but Wizard’s First Rule did something different. These characters truly loved each other from the beginning and the problem they had was a serious one and yet they worked together as a team to either work around it or even solve it. Then the issue was resolved by the end and the couple could continue to be a power couple and focus on other things!

The Quote: Wizard’s First Rule: People are Stupid.

Why I chose it: I mean, I think it’s obvious. But the whole rule is, “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.” In today’s world – it rings quite true.

About the Author:


Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more than 20 different languages, world-wide.

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