Sequel to the bestselling WIZARD'S FIRST RULE,volume 2 of THE SWORD OF TRUTH sequence Terry Goodkind already has a major following,and WIZARD'S FIRST RULE achieved widespread media attention 'It's going to sweep the country as Tolkien's work did' MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY 'A phenomenal fantasy,endlessly inventive,that surely marks the commencement of one of the major careers in the genre' PIERS ANTONY 'A real born storyteller is a gift and Terry Goodkind is' ANNE McCAFFREY
Terry Goodkinds first novel, Wizards First Rule immediately established him as one of the worlds bestselling authors. Each subsequent book in the Sword of Truth series sold better than the one before and some twenty million copies of books in the series have now been sold. He lives in the USA.
After the death of Sorcerer Darken Rahl, Richard Cypher‘a woods guide turned reluctant hero‘finds that his responsibilities have only just begun. He seeks a teacher to help him control his magical gift but is caught in a difficult struggle to retain control over his destiny. Goodkind's talents for world building and characterization are again featured in this sequel to Wizard's First Rule (LJ 9/15/94). He explores not only the deeds but the innermost thoughts of his heroes and villains. Graphic depictions of sex and violence, though integral to the story, limit this powerful saga to mature audiences.
This satisfying sequel to Goodkind's powerful debut novel, Wizard's First Rule, has everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy. In the earlier book, Seeker of Truth Richard Cypher tricked the sorcerer Darken Rahl by using Wizard's First Rule (that people are stupid and can be easily misled) into opening the wrong Box of Orden. Though this saved humanity from the evil mage's tyrannies, it also tore the veil between worlds, so the diabolical Keeper of the Underworld can now reach through and seize permanent control of the living. To stop this from happening, Richard must now learn how to be a wizard. The Sisters of the Light promise they will teach him to wield his powers, but they require that he wear a collar of obedience, something he has sworn he would rather die than do. Events sweep Richard and his betrothed, the Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell, apart from one another; later, in one of the most vigorous battle sequences written for a heroine in modern fantasy, Kahlan leads her underage troops against battle-hardened soldiers, the young warriors naked except for a spectral coat of whitewash intended to make them look like ``spirits.'' Those who like their fantasy big and brassy will revel in this exemplar of the genre. (Oct.)