A few posts back I made a list of all of the television shows that I am currently watching and those that I am waiting to return next season. One of those shows, Legend of the Seeker, is one that I am very fond of. While doing a little research on the show, I learned that the series is based off of a series of books entitled The Sword of Truth. The first season, based off of the first book entitled Wizards First Rule.
Being kind of bummed out that the show was off the air for the season while new episodes were shot, I gave alot of thought to reading the books to fill the void. I was hesitant to do so because I was afraid they would ruin the show for me. After all, being the source of ideas for the show, I was afraid that the books would lead me too far and allow me to know what was coming of the show before I actually watched it.
Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to go for it and read the first book of the series. Since season one was based on the first book only, I thought I had nothing to loose. I hopped onto amazon and ordered a box set containing books 1 through 3 and eagerly awaited their arrival.
When they arrived I was a little surprised by how thick they were. The average book that I read was on average 400 pages, these books were at least double that. Looking forward to what the books contained, I got started on a Saturday afternoon. Before the first chapter was complete, I knew I was hooked. For the remainder of the day I did nothing but read. As midnight approached, I forced myself to set the book down and get some rest.
On Sunday morning I got an early start and dove right back into the book. Unable to put it down, I continued to read throughout the day and into the night. I somehow managed to complete the first book in that second sitting and my eyes were weary. Looking at the clock, I realized that it was 3:30 AM.
Looking back at what I had read, I’m very glad that I decided to read the book. I found vast differences between the television show and what the book contained. My attention was gripped tight by the tale of Richard, Kahlan, and Zed.
Unlike other books I have talked about here on the site, I don’t want to say a word. There is so much packed into the book and so many twists and turns that I don’t want to ruin anything for those that intend to read Wizards First Rule.
If you enjoy tales of magic, wizards, and old ways, this book is one that you should most definitely read. It was by far the most captivating I had ever read and I eagerly look forward to continuing on with the series. In the video below I rambled on about my experience with the book, as well as a little on how I read and what goes on in my mind as I do so.