Book Review: Wizard’s First Rule

Alan M.

Book: Wizard’s First Rule

Author: Terry Goodkind

Published: 1994

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Richard Cypher was but a woods guide from the Westland when magic was introduced into his already troubled life. Now, with the help of an old wizard, he must meet his destiny and take on the role of The Seeker of Truth or see those he loves most perish in the tracks of tyranny.

Wizard’s First Rule depicts life as an expedition that one goes through. Goodkind writes this novel as one would imagine life. Life is much like Richard’s journey. There are unexpected turns and obstacles that may be the highlights of one’s being and overcoming them is all that matters. There are sudden new factors, whether they are human or not, that come in and turn one’s world upside down. There are cravings that one cannot resist and that might cause  essential destruction to a person, or many just to ease the yearning. There are also great losses. People lead their lives feeling that when they reach their end the have served a purpose, they want to feel fulfilled.

The last box of Orden in the book represents what we all want in life. Something that we feel will fulfill us. Make us feel like all we have gone through is worth it. This is much like someone looking to become the CEO of a law firm. After having started from the bottom they begin to slowly reach their goal, and what they may believe is their purpose at that moment in time. When they actually obtain the position of CEO they got it. They have obtained the last box of Orden. Whether they keep the position and have no one pose a threat, or lose all they had is the question.

The only way to assure the “prize,” the “title” is not taken away by another is to, well, get rid of them. Life truly is “eat or be eaten.” Goodkind not only expresses his emotions on this way of looking towards the life we promote and help grow, but goes as far as to show  himself through powerful characters. These characters explain how Goodkind feels that the human race finds beauty and takes pride in animals, plants, and other humans that have seemingly murdered others. Many will find the tree that towers over all the others the greater, yet little do they realize that they are admiring the tree that is keeping the sun’s warm touch from others and causing them to die. This tree is killing other trees to keep itself alive. That is how life works. The competition must be taken down in order to open a path that will lead all those victorious to success, and leave those defeated to wither and die. Sooner or later, however, we all die and when that day comes the next line of victory-tasting specimen will come forth and simply act upon what they know. They will admire the victors.

This is one of the reasons it is so hypocritical to try to cheer for the underdog. The only reason anyone would do this is for them to get some sort of satisfaction from knowing that they are rebelling against what others believe. The only reason they are doing this is to be different. There might be a chance that they feel this way because of the pity they have for the underdog, but that’s even worse. Take away a man’s pride and he is left with nothing. They automatically forfeit the game of life.

Unfortunately, there will always be those who are looked down upon by whatever group of people may be “in” at the moment. That is a fact of life that can’t be escaped. Everyone loves to feel superior. That’s why they insult others, as well as why they complement one another. Knowing one can control the emotions of another makes every human ecstatic. Everyone is much more alike the corrupted kings and queens of Goodkind’s world than they may choose to accept because of that inescapable fact. Goodkind’s writing is a web of truths one cannot deny. This concisely yet eternally described world shows us more about human nature than one may ever notice.

Humans only want to find the purpose in their life so once they perish they can feel they have fulfilled their potential. That is the one difference between the journey of the Seeker and the journey we humans see as our lives. While Richard may be stopping a tyrant from killing more and destroying all, what do we do? We make each other’s lives miserable and occupy ourselves with trivial tasks. This brings up the question of whether or not any of us truly have a purpose in life. Do humans actually have something to live for?


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