First Rule marks Terry Goodkind's first entrance into fantasy and
is the first book of The Sword of Truth series. I found it to
be an entertaining, although somewhat disturbing read. If you like the
darker side of fantasy, then I would say you would enjoy this book. It begins
to explore the netherworld ties of magic which I would guess are explored in
more detail in the later books of the series. It has a few predictable plot
twists, but was still mostly a smooth read.
As a first book, it didn't drag me in like The
Eye of the World did for Robert
Jordan'sWheel of Time Series, but rather was more self-contained,
with a seemingly complete victory for good at the end of the book. It was a
long and enjoyable read partly because I read it while travelling, but I have
yet to continue on with the second book in the series.