I was never into the fantasy genre in the past, but after reading the first five Game of Thrones books, my interest was piqued.  Having been a frequent visitor to bookstores over the years, I’ve seen the name Terry Goodkind on shelves and shelves of books in the fantasy section.  Given his prolific presence in the genre, I decided to take the plunge and read Wizard’s First Rule.  

I was not disappointed.

A fast-paced story filled with magic, wizards, good vs evil, romance, violence, and a few laughs, Wizard’s First Rule tells the tale of Richard Cypher, a young man still grieving the loss of his father when he crosses paths with a woman in danger.  But this damsel in distress is far more than she seems, and Richard soon finds himself reluctantly part of a quest filled with dangers and evils he’s never encountered before.

A boundary exists between Westland, the land where Richard lives and no magic is permitted, and The Midlands where magic and other sorcery are allowed to flourish for better or worse.  With the Boundary collapsing, the evil that resides on The Midlands side threatens Westland and its residents in the form of the sadistic Darken Rahl.  His desire to rule over all must be stopped at all costs, and his thirst for ultimate power only makes him a greater threat to all living things as his influence grows.

The first in a series of eleven books, Wizard’s First Rule does an excellent job of telling a complete story while also feeling like the start of something larger.  This truly is a fantasy epic, and with so many characters, lands, magic powers, and other fantastical elements, I’m definitely on board for the next ten novels in the series.

It should be noted that while it may be easy to make a few comparisons to Game of ThronesWizard’s First Rule was published in 1994, while the first book in the Game of Thrones series – A Song of Ice & Fire, Book #1 – was published in 1996.  

I truly enjoyed my experience reading Wizard’s First Rule, and I look forward to the future adventures of characters in this fantastical setting.