Wizard's First Rule
If you’ve never read a fantasy book, start with Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind. It is a fantastic way to dip your toes into the dangerous and often complicated waters of Epic Fantasy.
The strength of this story is the vast world introduced in a simple yet compelling way. It follows Richard and Kahlan, two young heroes who are guided by a wizard named Nedd. Their quest is to stop the dark forces from bringing evil into the world. It’s is told in a way that you’ll enjoy the characters and the plot.
The thing I liked best about the book is that it followed all of the standard fantasy tropes, but did so with some twists and turns that made it unique. The relationship between Richard and Kahlan has an intriguing conflict (that I won’t spoil) that gave me a “what would I do?” moment. It’s this type of situation that turns a good book into a great one because it adds depth to the world the author has created. For this reason, the book gets a few extra points in our philosophy category.
Another thing I enjoyed is Richard’s “tempering” on his path to becoming the hero. I won’t spoil the story by revealing what happens, but suffice it to say that Richard’s journey is fraught with pain and peril that creates an elevated sense of tension for readers. He finds ways to win small successes even in his darkest moments that keep the book an optimistic read.
If you want to know what Epic Fantasy is all about this is the book for you. It is definitely a Must Read.
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