Terry Goodkind est le nouveau prodige de la Fantasy américaine. En quelques mois, son cycle de L'Epée de Vérité est devenu un best-seller international, vendu à plus de 20 millions d'exemplaires. Pour la première fois depuis Terry Brooks, un auteur a de nouveau réussi l'exploit de réunir tous les publics sous sa bannière. Traîtrise, aventure, intrigue, amour, tous les ingrédients sont réunis dans ce cycle pour en faire la plus grande fresque de Fantasy depuis Tolkien. Né en 1948 à Omaha, Nebraska, Goodkind a d'abord intégré une école d'art de la ville pour se spécialiser dans la représentation de la faune et de la flore. Par la suite, il a opté pour une carrière de menuisier, avant de se consacrer à la fabrication d'instruments de musique, comme les violons, pour enfin s'intéresser à la restauration d'artéfacts rares et exotiques du monde entier. Toutes ces expériences ont contribué à faire de lui un écrivain à part entière et se retrouvent dans ses romans. En 1983, il part s'installer avec son épouse Jeri dans les montagnes boisées du nord-est américain qu'il aime tant, surplombant la mer. Il construira lui même sa maison où il finira dix ans plus tard par écrire La Première leçon du sorcier qui obtint un succès immédiat. Le dixième tome de cette série qui en comptera onzeÂ est sortiÂ aux USA en juin 2006. Vous n'avez pas fini de rêver...
Je ne comprends pas la popularité de cette série. Après avoir terminé (non sans mal) ces trois premiers tomes, je ne pense pas m'y attarder davantage, car le constat est navrant: personnages stéréotypés et sans charisme, histoire caricaturale, ajoutez à cela un style littéraire extrêmement banal (ce qui pourrait passer avec un bon scénario et un univers moins manichéen, mais on en est aux antipodes) où les tentatives d'humour tombent à plat. Enorme déception pour cette série dont on m'avait dit le plus grand bien et qui se révèle être immature, avec des héros particulièrement énervants. C'est du Disney avec une touche de SM, histoire de donner l'impression qu'on a affaire à de la fantasy pour adultes... A éviter car il y a tellement mieux en fantasy (par exemple A Song of Ice and Fire de George R. R. Martin).
Bien écrit, quelques descriptions parfois trop longues, mais difficile à lâcher et une grande bouffée de rêve pour chasser la morosité du quotidien. Malgré le nombre de livres de la série, l'intérêt dure plus longtemps qu'avec la saga de Robert Jordan (La roue du temps/The wheel of time).
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Excellently written.. but not 'for all ages'25 octobre 2005
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I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of these books and would recommend them to any ADULT. But, while these books show many of life's most estimable traits, there remains a darker vision. The books mirror a stark reality which, in my opinion, seem too vivid for younger minds. Between the bloodshed and villainy there also lie scenes of rape and sado-masochism. While not EXPLICIT, I would not allow my nephew of ten years to read it until he's much more matured. Just my two cents, enjoy the books.
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Wonderful, Just Wonderful.19 janvier 2007
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I have had a few friends recommend this series to me when I was younger, but I shrugged it off, as I wasn't a huge fantasy-genre fan. I found Tolkein (Lord of the Rings & Hobbit) a bit tedious, taking too long to get anything said, even being... a little boring sometimes. I tried to read Robert Jordan's book (1st one in the 'Wheel of Time' series), but ran into the same problems, just compounded: A whole lot a weird fantasy names and places, all thrown at you at the beginning. This almost alienated me, making it hard to get into the storyline (one of the main reasons I'm not a huge fantasy fan).
When I started reading the first book, it began wonderfully with one character, named Richard (that was easy to remember!), who knows as much as the reader does about the world. As you read, you immerse yourself in the world with him, learning and discovering this fantastic world of magic, adventure, romance, etc.
I've read all ten now, and as the last three or four came out, I re-read all of them to refresh myself. That's right, RE-READ. This was the first book(s) I've ever re-read, and if you can believe it, they were just as good (in some places much better) the second and third time around.
The first three were flawless. If you want some books that are perfect for the rainy day (with some tea), the day off (also with tea), or the summer afternoon (with iced-tea), these books were the most enjoyable I have ever read. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. (note: some sections not appropriate for readers under 13-14)
The only downside is that there will only be 11 books.
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Best start to any Fantasy series of the past 30 years EASY...8 mai 2006
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I discovered Fantasy early on when I was about 12 or 13 when a friend of mine introduced me to The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I have been hopelessly addicted ever since. Unfortunately, even though it very well may be my favorite genre I have been unable to find very many authors who wrote with the *Style* that just clicked with me the proper way. Tolkien was one, and on a whim, I bought Wizard's First Rule some 8 years ago or so and I was captivated from very nearly the first page and I've been hooked ever since.
Now this series has grown and even though some have accused Goodkind of suffering a little 'Jordanitis' when they believed the storyline didn't advance as far as hoped (and I admit that I have wondered this myself after reading 'Soul of the Fire' and 'Pillars of Creation') -- but when all is said and done, Goodkind has done what Robert Jordan has either refused to do, or simply cannot do: come back with utterly captivating stories. Since this boxed set contains the first three books in the series, I should limit my comments to them specifically, so here goes...
I cannot find fault with a single page of all three of these books. I just can't. I admit that after finishing 'Blood of the Fold' the first time, I was a bit disappointed -- although I cannot recall why these many years later I did. All I can say about it is I went ahead and re-read it about 4 years ago and simply couldn't figure out why I hadn't loved every page the first time around. Maybe because it was much shorter than the first two...but suffice it to say that this series contains a great deal of controversy regarding the plotting and it would seem that you either love it or you don't. Most who have finished the first three books however and dislike some of the novels that followed agree that the absolute best came first. I don't think that Goodkind has been able to equal his first outing with WFR -- in MY opinion he has come close a few times, most notably with 'Stone of Tears', 'Faith of the Fallen' and most recently with 'Chainfire' but again, that is just my opinion. If you take any time to read the individual reviews of the 'Sword of Truth' series you will discover a hotly debated group of books that some have dearly loved, and some associate with pure drivel. But if I could leave you with anything, if you haven't read any of the books just yet, give them a try and judge for YOURSELF and not because you believed any one person's review over another...because you know what they say about opinions don't you? Read what YOU like...I personally love the series, but YOUR opinion may vary. Good luck!
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Enjoyable read20 août 2006
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First off, I'm enjoying reading the series. I've blown through WFR and SOT, and am making progress through Blood of the Fold. I typically read to relax at the end of the day, before bed, and this series has delivered nicely for relaxation and enjoyment purposes.
I'm not new to the genre. I began with David Eddings in the early 90s, and have made my way through most of the predominant contemporary authors: Robert Jordan, George R R Martin, Raymond Feist, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, C. S. Friedman, of course Tolkein, even Michael Moorcock, and numerous others I can't remember. Bottom line, Goodkind's stuff is somewhere in between them all. Not something I'm likely to read a second time, as I have with several other books and series, but certainly something I'll read to the end.
What I was most troubled by though was the surprising number of similiarities between Goodkind's work and Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Many themes are common throughout; not just the 'Common Man turned Reluctant Savior' theme, or the Sword and Magic battle of good versus evil. Those are staples that any reader must accept if they're going to participate in the fantasy genre.
No, I'm referring to the almost blatant commonalities between Goodkind's fantasy aspects and Jordan's content. The simplest, of course, is the dual nature of the magical forces represented in the world. Perhaps not unique, but definitely similar. On to the controlling neclaces/leashes, the Sisters of Light (who even have a hierarchy of Novice/Sister), Sisters of Dark, even the concept of The Flame and the Void, or the Oneness. There are numerous others, and each time I encounter one in Goodkind's work, I chuckle to myself a little.
However, I don't let it detract from the experience of these books. I'm reading these for enjoyment, and if there are some common themes, well, so be it. I did however, just out of curiosity, look up the first edition publication dates, and discovered that Jordan's work was published many years prior to Goodkind's. So, at least I know who put this stuff down first.
All that being said, this series is a good read, providing many hours of entertainment at a very affordable price. Probably not the series you'd want to go out and buy all hardcovers of for display, but cost effective entertainment if you go the boxed set route.
If you've got the time, enjoy the genre, and want a good read that doesn't involve a ton of brainpower, this is definitely a good pick.
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The great, the bad, and the ugly...23 mai 2009
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As the title says... at times these books are great, bad, and flat out ugly. The ugly and the great parts are subjective of course but the bad parts are undeniable. But I digress let me explain in full working my way in reverse.
First the Ugly:
These books are graphically violent at times. If these books were movies it would most certainly be NC-17 for the violence. It's not cover to cover and not without context, however, it's there and it's extreme. I think it's too intense for anyone under 18. For me this nearly ruins the story, especially since it's not necessary. All the passion and emotion is already in the story it doesn't have to take that step to make the story compelling. But I understand this is going to come down to your personal taste, and to be honest I can't decide myself. I had decided to stop buying these books after I finished the second book but then decided to buy the next three after finished the third book. I guess my final word on this issue is to simply skip these books if graphic descriptions of violence and rape disturb you. The story is very good but this will be a deal breaker for you...
The ugly aside there are some other issues with these stories that will put off some people. It's a series, and it would seem that series authors tend to drag the story out a bit. And these are no exception. The "Stone of Tears" is the worst offender of this. At the beginning of the SOT you learn that the ending events of the Wizards First Rule have triggered an even bigger emergency. And after a few chapters of establishing the urgency of the situation the problem seems to be forgotten for 600 pages. The author throws in some shoe string dialog to explain why the eminent danger isn't so eminent. Then suddenly with 100 pages to go, it becomes an all or nothing situation again. So basically at times you feel like you're being lead by the nose with no true direction or exploring unimportant details just to extend the story longer. Unfortunately when the author is "wondering" are some of the most violent parts of the story so it's like a double whammy. And while I'm piling on I might as well point out how he's very repetitive. He likes to repeat factoids far too frequently. I found that I was rolling my eyes a few times saying to myself... "Man! You just said that!"
Now that all that garbage is out of the way... The core story is great. The characters are very interesting and dynamic. There is a strong love story and sweeping adventures that will hold any fantasy fan's imagination. The story is so great in fact I feel compelled to read more even though the bad and ugly part would normally be an instant turn off for me. One criticism I've read is that stories seem derivative. And to some extent they are. But really what story isn't? If your name isn't Asimov or Tolkien your story is probably derivative in some way. To me it's noticeable only in the first book and then it really comes into its own after that. For those that have watched the show, you might be disappointed at first since Kahlan takes a while before she becomes someone to take matters into her own hands but she does get there, so stick with it... The story would be five stars if not for the "bad and ugly" but they warrant at least a one star deprecation. (and I understand if someone would take away more)