Well, I come to Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books after getting hooked on the TV show "Legend of the Seeker". At first I started on "Wizard's First Rule" but after discovering that "Debt of Bones" is a prequel book I decided to abandon "Wizard's First Rule" just a few chapters into the story and read "Debt of Bones" first. So with that perspective in mind, here is my opinion...
When I started reading "Wizard's First Rule" I was hooked immediately. There was a sense of something about to happen and an air of mystery. By comparison, I was disappointed with "Debt of Bones". I felt like it had a slow beginning, especially for a book that is so short anyway. It seemed like Abby was waiting in line outside the Keep for the first third of the book. It also seemed like Terry Goodkind was doing his best to remain vague about details all the way through and while this can generate interest in the surprises to come later I felt that he didn't give enough early on to really get the reader hooked.
However, I found the ending to be very interesting and it made the book an overall worthwhile read. It is a short book (written without chapter divisions) which follows just one character, Abby, as she encounters others on her quest to obtain help from the great First Wizard Zeddicus Z'ul Zorander.
And now I go to start "Wizard's First Rule" once again to continue the story...
Dawn R. reviewed Debt of Bones (Sword of Truth) on
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Excellent Background information on Zed and how the boundaries between magic and non-magic regions came about. I have followed the TV series of Legend of the Seeker and I'm looking forward to reading the Goodkind's series.
Though this was a short book, I really enjoyed the story. My first taste of this author, I'll have to go find more!
Terry Goodkind (Faith of the Fallen) presents Debt of Bones, a prequel to his Sword of Truth series that involves series character First Wizard Zedd in the time before the Boundaries were drawn. Abby, a poor peasant who has an ancient claim on Zedd, asks the impossible of him to save her community, including her husband, child and father at the possible price of countless other lives.
As the armies of Panis Rahl spread across the land, a young woman from a beleaguered town begs a boon from First Wizard Zedd, ignorant of the consequences of her request. This revised version of a novella that first appeared in the fantasy anthology Legends illuminates the period in history before the events of Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series. The conflict between love and duty forms a central theme in this brief and touching tale of people caught up in events they cannot fully control.
As the armies of Panis Rahl spread across the land, a young woman from a beleaguered town begs a boon from First Wizard Zedd, ignorant of the consequences of her request. This revised version of a novella that first appeared in the fantasy anthology Legends illuminates the period in history before the events of Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series. The conflict between love and duty forms a central theme in this brief and touching tale of people caught up in events they cannot fully control. Keith Parkinson's pencil illustrations add a delicate touch to the story, highlighting key events in the narrative. Libraries wishing to complete their Goodkind collection will want this gracefully written story. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A milestone of storytelling set in the world of The Sword of Truth, Debt of Bones is the story of young Abby's struggle to win the aid of the wizard Zedd Zorander, the most important man alive.
Abby is trapped, not only between both sides of the war, but in a mortal conflict between two powerful men. For Zedd, who commands power most men can only imagine, granting Abby's request would mean forsaking his sacred duty. With the storm of the final battle about to break, both Abby and Zedd are caught in a desperate fight to save the life of a child...but neither can escape the shadow of an ancient betrayal.
With time running out, their only choice may be a debt of bones. The world-for Zedd, for Abby, for everyone-will never again be the same.
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