Wizard’s First Rule is a rare book. On the outside, it appears to be a giant, sprawling fantasy novel in the same vein as The Lord of the Rings. However, this book is not about giant battles, deep and complex history, or bearded wizards. Instead, this book is entirely about the characters and their development… the plot is nothing new.
Richard Cypher is a woods guide living a normal life with his father and brother. Then he discovers a mysterious woman named Kahlan who is trying to escape a group of armed men. After saving her from them, Richard learns that he is a legendary warrior called “the seeker.” It’s his destiny to defeat the evil tyrant, Darken Rahl. And then, adventure!
Like I said, the plot isn’t really the best part. Personally, I can look past that. The reason I can do that is because of how masterfully Goodkind wrote this. There are a few twists that come out of nowhere and work very well. The characters are real and relatable. Plus, it has a great sense of humor.
If you, like me, are really into character development, then I highly recommend this book. If you’re interested, Wizard’s First Rule is actually a part of a much larger series called The Sword of Truth. Even still, it works very well on its own and tells a complete story.