Richard Cypher and His Sword

10 03 2010

So, once upon a time I wouldn’t be caught dead reading anything with magic, dragons, etc. in it because I thought only geeks read those books.  (This was back when I thought the only redeemable novels consisted of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Victoria Holt.)  Recently however, I needed something to read at work other than Anna Karenina as that dead Russian guy can get a little dry, and come 3 a.m. I just can’t take it anymore. 

Enter Penguin, and him lending me a copy of Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind.  It’s the first book in the Sword of Truth series. I was still skeptical at first, and the first few chapters didn’t help a whole lot.  I powered through and found myself texting Penguin saying things like, “**** is the great wizard! He is! Right?”  and “I knew it! I knew it!”  and “That’s so sad! ****** shouldn’t be treated like that!” Lots of exclamations and more than a few chuckles on Penguin’s end. 

Basic storyline is that Darken Rahl (bad guy) is ticked that his dad was killed by the great wizard.  He wants revenge.  He also wants to do what every evil person in a magical land wants to do–he wants to rule the world.  To do this he needs to find and open the correct magic box.  The catch, if he opens the wrong one either a) he dies, or b) everyone dies.  So, this means the good guy/s need to get it together to save the world from… well… all but the option where the evil guy dies.

Richard Cypher is the guy who doesn’t know how awesome he is.  He grew up in Westland, where there is no magic.  He also grew up with a secret he swore his father not to tell anyone.  He meets Kahlan when he rescues her from a quad send by Darken Rahl to kill her.  Richard decides to help Kahlan after a long talk with his friend Zedd during which he becomes The Seeker.  Basically this means he gets a cool sword that works in tandem with his anger.  Richard spends a great deal of the story learning how to master his anger in good and bad ways with good and bad outcomes. 

There’s really so many things that happen in the book, that I can’t share them all.  Since there’s a whole series of books about the Sword of Truth I think I’m safe to tell you that Richard doesn’t die.  I leave the rest for readers to figure out on their own. 

I was captivated by Richard’s plight; the family he’s lost, the unknowns he has to face, the girl he can’t have, etc.  The chemistry between him and Kahlan had my heart aching and my eyes tearing at more than one point and I found myself hoping against hope that there would be a way to make it work. 

I read all 700-some pages in less than a week.  All told, it was probably around 48 consecutive hours as I work and don’t get as much time to read as I’d like.  I’m hoping to get through the rest of the series in a similar amount of time.  I already have books two through six sitting and waiting on me.




One response

12 03 2010

Addition: This is a great series. If you intend to read this book don’t give up on the slow introduction to the series after the fourth chapter or so it goes from snail pace to about mach 3.

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