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Wizard’s First Rule

August 17, 2014

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Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?


Twilight has fallen upon the Three Kingdoms: a grey time that could foretell either dawn or descent into bitter night. Richard Cypher, woodsman and warrior, is chosen to bear the powerful Sword of Truth, but his enemy, Darken Rahl, ia a royal mage who commands armies, hideous beasts and-more terrible by far-a twisted magic.

Terry Goodkind tells the compelling story of magical world that mirrors our own, a world in which goodness and honesty are besieged by the forces of darkness and deceit. Richard Cypher’s odyssey is a journey of the utmost risk and uncertain reward for the sake of love. it’s a journey into the utmost darkness of the human soul.

“Wizard’s First Rule: people are stupid.” Richard and Kahlan frowned even more. “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.
“Because of Wizards First Rule, the old wizards created Confessors, and Seekers, as a means of helping find the truth, when the truth is important enough. Darken Rahl knows the Wizard’s Rules. He is using the first one. People need an enemy to feel a sense of purpose. It’s easy to lead people when they have a sense of purpose. Sense of purpose is more important by far than the truth. In fact, truth has no bearing in this. Darken Rahl is providing them with an enemy, other than himself, a sense of purpose. People are stupid; they want to believe, so they do.”

—Chapter 36, p.560, U.S. paperback edition

Wizard’s First Rule is the first book in the Sword Of Truth Series, it is a complex fantasy done with a realistic twist. There is no Truth or Lies, no Good or Evil, no Dark or Light, no Black or White, but blurred lines, difficult choices, people who believe that they are doing the right thing, and hundreds of shades of Grey. Heroes can do wicked things in the name of good and villains can perform miracles for the sake of evil. Terry Goodkind is a breath of fresh air to the standard fantasy novel. He creates compelling situations and intriguing characters and proves that true love can conqueror all. It has become one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend this book.

In response to Daily Prompt: Off The Shelf

  1. Wow. Very informative writing. Will look for this book to read.

    • emilykarn permalink

      It’s an excellent book as are the rest in the series, well worth the time.

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