"Wizard's First Rule" is the first book in the The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It is a LOTRistic fantasy with creatures, humans, ghosts and wizards. No elves. Abuse and sexuality present (teasing, rape, sexual excitement while hurting someone - and not the enjoyable kind).
Typical job slots are filled: paladin, mage, warrior, priestess, dark knight, assassin, that kind of business. There's a lot of moral digress; it fits but many times your eyes cross with the repeated and repeated and repeated ideologies (or you learn to speed read at those spots in later novels). The 1st book in this series is old but likable. After looking back from reading all the series there is almost a longing for the 1st book's innocence. Terry's style changes slightly as the series advances - most believe he gets better. Although magic is always present, the number of magical creatures decrease in later novels. It makes later novels seem more realistic yet I am disappointed at the loss of fanciful wildlife/beings. Their loss is part of the story line and you keep hoping beyond hope that somehow they'll be magically reborn.
I like nature and woods. In this I feel Terry is a kindred spirit. His characters spend a good amount of time in the forest, which is comforting to my soul.
There wasn't a sexy male character I could glom to at first. Someone might find Richard hot. Later the series adds some attractive males. Terry sometimes talks about women to much. There were times I was bored waiting for attractive men to take the stage.
Rating of 7.
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