I’ve started this series as a journey of sorts as there are twelve books in The Sword of Truth series. My brother read these many years ago and declared them his favorites series; although I don’t think he’s actually finished it. I had previously avoided the series because the book covers and illustrations did little to draw me in. Yes that could be considered shallow of me as I’m judging a book by its cover but I’m trying to break out of that habit. I have a seriously long commute (90-120 minutes one way) and I’ve decided to listen to this book on audio versus reading it. This is a first for me as I’ve never done audio before.
Day 1 – I begin Wizard’s First Rule. I’m a few chapters in and have gotten used to listening to the story versus actually reading. I find it hard to concentrated sometimes as traffic pulls my attention away but so far I’m enjoying the experience. I find myself getting slightly impatient with Goodkind’s writing style as I’m excited for the story and want the plot to progress. It is in no way a compliant about the author’s writing style but rather a self observance that I’m too impatient when reading due to lack of time to actually read! I need to slow down and enjoy the story and all of its detail (even though some is repetitive).
The characters names always intrigue me. I used to try and write my own fantasy short stories and found developing the names the hardest part. It amuses me that the main character’s name is Richard (which is a fairly common name in the “real world”), and his brother’s Michael, and the rest of the characters have very unique names that seem more suited to a world of fantasy. Zed has a very unique name with both middle and last starting with a Z as well! Chase and Addy are also more unique than Bill. Perhaps this coupled with a lackluster cover made me skip over this series so many times in the past. When I pick up a book to consider reading it I always read the back cover and then one or two pages in the middle to get a sense of writing style. It could be the names Richard and Michael bored me at the time? No offense to all Richards and Michaels out there, they’re not boring names … just not what I expect (or have been used to) in fantasy writing … the names tend to be more abstract?
This book definitely builds as it progresses. The chapters on Denna of the Mord-Sith were intense. Goodkind truly explores and tests the limits of the human mind and what it can handle. For some reason all I can picture in my mind when I think of Mistress Constance is Virgo of Fairy Tail and her gorilla appearance. I know … not even even close but the voice + description cause me to think her!
Fantastic start to a new series! I’m thrilled that there are so many to read! Moving on to the second book! 5 out of 5 stars for this one!