This is the first book of Terry Brooks famed ‘The Sword of Truth’ series, published in 1994.
This is a great book. The series only started going downhill from the second book onwards.
This book tells the story of a young man named Richard Cyper who is living a humble life as a woods guide when a sudden meeting with a mysterious (and beautiful) young woman propels him into a world full of magic and danger.
One of the things I loved was the way Goodkind portrays Richard as a clever hero (Something fantasy needs more of). He is contending with wizards and witches but he himself is not a magic user. So he settles for trickery and out of the box thinking to defeat more powerful foes, right until the end.
The story is set in a high fantasy world divided into three sections by ancient magical barriers. Quite different from the normal ‘impassable geographic feature’ most authors favor. The world map is ok for a single standalone novel, same with the world building. The world is not that detailed, we only get a board overview of the three lands, and none of the places are described in detail, but again that’s fine for a single book. None of these make the book any less enjoyable.
The writing style is pretty good, Goodkind focuses a lot on the characters and their interactions, even to the expense of the setting they move through. The reactions and behavior of some of the characters might be a little over the top, but again this doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book. There are also plenty of action scenes to keep you turning pages and the plot twists and ending are quite gripping.
Sadly, this book does contain some scenes that make it above the pg-13 range.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy literature who is looking for a good book. This book wont disappoint you.