Friday, July 8, 2011

My Favorite Books - Part 1

I have to admit.  I have been slow on the reading the last week or two.  Blame it on book editing, children, and injuries.  So, I got a great idea to hopefully make up for that.  Ready for this?

Every so often, I will post a new segment to the My Favorite Books. (And yes, I am currently singing "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens..." in my head.)

In these posts, I will share one of my all-time-favorite books.  It won't be a book review, per sey.  More like a mini rant of my love and adoration.

Sound good?  Yeah?
Here is segment one, of My Favorite Books!

Wizard's First Rule
(okay, the entire Sword of Truth series...)
by Terry Goodkind

When someone asks me what my favorite book of all time is, I rarely even hesitate.  "Terry-Goodkind's-Sword-of-Truth-series-it-is-so-good!" is my usual ramble of a reply.

Honestly, I love it.
I discovered the first few books in a used book store back when I was in 9th grade.  (Wow... has it been that long already?)  I had just gotten through my first ever break-up, and needless to say... I was heart broken.  I needed a bookish escape, and decided to give Wizard's First Rule a chance.

Honestly, I think that is the only reason I came through in one piece.  I was carried away in the world Goodkind had created.  I breathed when the characters breathed.  I cried when they cried.  I wished, so much, I had that additive magic that could make life grow and heal wounds... and yes, the subtractive too, just to exact some revenge...

Since then I have read the entire series.  Multiple times.  There are 12 books total in the series.  For my birthday a few years back, my hubby made my day by surprising me with new, hardcover copies of entire series.  My paperbacks were literally falling apart, and I pretty much almost cried when I saw the hardcover copies trickle in.  Best.  Birthday.  Ever.

I know this isn't exactly the genre I have been reviewing lately.  But this is the genre I grew up reading.  I actually didn't even discover YA novels until about two years ago... after I was already an adult.  Crazy huh?

The world Goodkind has sculpted is unlike any other.  You follow Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell as they go through their journey, of course, to save the world.  You watch their love grow.  You hate the enemy.  You go "oh no he didn't!" when that new plot twist is thrown in.  You discover magic, and life, alongside them and feel like you truly are a part of this quest to save the world.  I honestly cannot say enough about this series.

It is my gold.  I keep the books on their own special shelf, and oggle at them every time I pass.  What I would give to meet Goodkind...

In short, I love this book (series).  I know I would be a different person today, if I hadn't read it.  Each book teaches a new "Wizard's Rule," and each rule truly has made an impact on my life.  I was so sad to finish the series, but content to know that in about a year I would reread it all over again.

(And guess what!  I just found out a new book, The Omen Machine, is coming out!  Can you say I did the major happy dance or what!)

If you are looking for a great piece of epic fantasy to devour, I highly highly recommend Terry Goodkind's Wizard First Rule (and the entire series after, of course.)

Here is a synopsis of book one, Wizard's First Rule:

Truly epic in scope and filled with burning intensity, it is the story of Richard Cypher, a modest woodsman in a world achingly beautiful, alive with the joys of nature: a world the reader comes to love as fiercely as do Richard and those around him. Though a mere woodsman, he is the one destined to battle the ultimate adversary - Darken Rahl, an evil mage who bids to destroy all that Richard holds good and beautiful, dooming him and the rest of the people of Westland to a living Hell of subjugation and degradation.(Goodreads)

Oh, and side thought: They made a TV series based off of this series, called Legend of the Seeker.  I won't rant right now... but read the books instead.  The show is... meh.  There.  Enough said.  Read the books.

What think you?  Have you read this book?  Do you think you will?  


Anonymous said...

I haven't heard about these books. I don't usually read adult novels, but if they're worth ranting about, I'll have to check them out.

~Valen~ said...

I LOVE Wizard's First Rule! It is prob. my favorite book of the series. Once I finished it, I didn't even hesitate before I Amazon'd! the rest of the books! I liked the TV show, Legend of the Seeker, alot too, even though it did deviant from the books. Shame it got cancelled.

MSodapop said...

this sounds really good. i will look into it<3 thanks for the post! ^_^

Jenni Merritt said...

Do check them out! Then tell me if you love them!

Valen - So happy to see another fan! I wasn't the biggest fan of the tv series, mainly because it did deviate SO much from the awesome books. I was hoping for more... but at least I still have my books to read over and over!

Brad Jaeger said...

Wizard's First Rule, Temple of the Winds and Naked Empire are my favourite from his Sword of Truth series. That being said I've read everything he's ever put out and remain a fan :)

PS: Zedd is one of my favourite literary characters.

Jenni Merritt said...

Brad - If I could adopt Zedd as my own grandpa, I totally would! Though he might eat me out of house and home...


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