10 December 2008 | MidnightWraith
Exactly what Terry said it would be... and I'm glad.
I bought Wizard's First Rule the day it was released in 1994, simply because of the great cover art and my love for new, good fantasy books. What I got was my favorite fantasy series of all time, including Tolkien and Jordan. I am a published author myself, as well as having a profile on this website. I am an avid reader of classic literature since 1975, especially fantasy. So, written above, is my claim to believability.
This series is terrific. The camera work and ambiance is smooth and satisfying for the fantasy genre of swordplay, magic and high adventure on an epic scale. The story is changed a bit, especially the time line, but that is expected to keep it exciting and suspenseful for a TV audience, which it is. Can you imagine tuning into a show about a book you've never heard of and watching a woods guide walking around the forest for 2 hours? Of course not. It amazes me how many people complain about the series without doing a bit of research, making common errors. Terry Goodkind IS involved, intimately, with the story flow of the show and to keep his characters as close to his creations as possible, allowing only changes needed for TV adaption. You can read a letter about the series, directly from Terry to his readers, on his official website TerryGoodkind.com. It explains everything. Go read it to keep this review shorter after you've finished here.
Some people are comparing this series to the Lord of the Rings movies, and, in the same breath, complaining about the changes made for this TV series from the Wizard's First Rule book. Yeah, like they never had to cut anything out of LOTR movies. That book was only about the size of the bible. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE LOTR; books and movies. It's my second-favorite fantasy series of all time. The only reason I like Goodkind better is deeper characters more easily related to. As for the changes in the "Legend" series, as you will read in Terry's letter, they are mainly ADDITIONS to use up all the time they are afforded in a full TV series. People seem to be uninformed of this and are making snap judgments. Now, I don't know about you, but I can't think of anything better than watching my favorite book series in live action with even MORE content and background, from, and approved by, Terry himself. I'm beside myself with happiness at this and hope everyone tunes in and avoids the uninformed negativity, and that it runs for 11 seasons to tell the expanded stories of every single book in The Sword of Truth series.
Some are also comparing this to Hercules and Xena simply because some of the same people happen to be working on it. Hercules and Xena this is not. Those shows were entertaining in their own right. I enjoyed the episodes that I saw. However, they were mainly a bunch of campy, individual fantasy-based shows that happened to form a series. They were meant to be that way for people who enjoyed that type of show, and I don't fault them for that, at all. Legend of the Seeker is a continuing story of amazing vision, that of Terry Goodkind's first book, "Wizard's First Rule." If you enjoy epic fantasy, trust me, keep watching.
I hope you found this helpful.