If you are a fantasy reader, you must read Terry Goodkind’s, Wizard’s First Rule. This is the first book in his eleven book series, and in my opinion, probably one of his best books. Like Robert Jordan and his lengthy series (Wheel Of Time), Goodkind tends to get more and more verbose and off topic to his story line later in the series, but Wizard’s First Rule has none of that. From start to finish the characters are rich, the writing is exceptional and the ‘fluff’ is minimum.
Richard Rahl, the lead character, learns that he is the key to helping save the land, instead of the poor woodsman he believed himself to be. With untapped magic, and a gift for seeking the truth, he begins to understand the importance of his role in correcting the imbalances being created by evil. With the help of his grandfather and some new friends, Richard begins his quest on helping solve the world’s problems.
Probably the most interesting thing I found was that where Goodkind conjures the typical fantasy novel, he brings forth a unique form of magic that the characters utilize—additive and subtractive magic. Along with a remarkable set of good and evil characters, Wizard’s First Rule, takes off brilliantly and continues until the last page. I highly recommend Terry Goodkind’s entire series, but Wizard’s First Rule is certainly the diamond of the group.