Rating: 5 stars
Genre: High Fantasy, Adult, Magic, Romance
This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.
There are books you read once,you enjoy them and never give them a second thought.There are books you love and want to share this love with the entire world.And then there are books that are so precious to you that talking about them feels like sacrilege,like exposing your bare soul and instead you safeguard them like a treasure.For me,Sword of Truth belongs to the latest category.The only reason I decided to write a proper review is because it's a series that readers either love or hate,and I wanted to show you that despite the negative reviews there is something worth reading here,a gem that not everyone can appreciate but the ones who do,they will never be the same again.So,here's my bare soul.
“Take care, Seeker. You have the gift. Use it. Use everything you have to fight. Don't give in. Don't let him rule you. If you are to die, die fighting with everything you have, everything you know. That is the way of a dragon.”
There is a storm coming in the Three Kingdoms.The tyrant of D'Hara is about to put together the pieces of an ancient puzzle that can either give him unlimited power to control the world of the living or destroy life itself.The wizards have fallen,and the only person that stands a chance against him is the Seeker of Truth,the wielder of the Sword of Truth,a weapon forged with magic destined only for those that are deemed worthy.And that person is Richard Cypher.With a grumpy wizard and a mysterious woman as his companions,he sets off an epic journey,a journey to unlock the secrets of magic and human nature,greed and love, and find his destiny.
“People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.”
Terry Goodkind created a world I'd give anything to live in.He combines adventure and romance,magic,evil queens and dragons,sorcerers and wild tribes,past and present,death and life.His magic system is extremely well-written,his world-building solid and fascinating,his characters realistic.When I read his books,I feel like he's talking to me,he unravels the multiple layers of my soul and when he puts them back together,his story is among them.It's a part of who I am.Because his writing contains deeper messages and wisdom about life and love that sank into my bones.
“The light of a new day always chases the shadows of the night away, and shows us that the shape of our fears is only the ghost of our own minds.”
Every fantasy books narrates a version of the eternal battle between Good and Evil.What makes Sword of Truth stand out,is that the enemy isn't a dark lord who commands legions of nightmarish creatures and wants power.No,the enemy is one man,a man who has given his soul to the darkness,whose goal is to eliminate resistance and free will.And because of his pervertion,this book is dark,mature,cruel and sometimes disturbing,and themes like rape,tortures and human sacrifices are also included.But without the darkness,we would not appreciate the light.
“I am who I am; no more, no less.”
I struggle to find words sufficient to describe why Richard is the best protagonist you could ever ask for.He is not a child,he is a man,a man brave and loyal and fair,a man who tried for years to tame his anger only to find out that his righteous fury will be the means to use the Sword of Truth and deliver justice,no matter how hard it is.He is kind and noble,he can forgive his enemies and fight for people he never met and above all,he is the smartest character I have ever met.He is a hero.And so is Kahlan.She is a woman of power,strong and confident,dedicated to her mission and a nightmare to her enemies.But the price of her power is the isolation and fear she inspires to everyone but Richard.To say that they are my favorite couple of all time would be an understatement.I ship them in an I-would-walk-through-the-fiery-pits-of-hell-to-make-sure-you-end-up-together kind of way.Don't expect rainbows and pink clouds,there are forces that keep them apart but their love is steady as a rock.In fact,I believe those two give the definition of the word love.
“Love is not about what you want. It's about finding happiness for the one you love.”
When I have a problem,when I can't decide what to do,I think of what Richard and Kahlan and Zedd would do.They're more than friends,they live inside me.As soon as I read the first pages of Wizard's First Rule,I knew that my life was about to change.And for that I am eternally grateful.