It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand.
Richard and Kahlan’s story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with Confessor in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than twenty million copies to date worldwide.
In Wizard’s First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.
The importance of Wizard’s First Rule is sourced in Goodkind taking on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that also makes people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers.
Omar, is employed by his Sheik to seek out the most expensive perfume in the world, but finds himself facing the violent underworld which has emerged to meet this demand.
Kublai Khan, first Mongol Emperor of China, finds his own impulses for revenge put to the challenge as he deals with his younger brother.
Working in the Orkney Islands, a young female marine biologist, reeling from a recent break up finds a live GreenTurtle, a Goddess of the Sea, on the beach. This startling discovery about the warming ocean, has deeper effects, enough in fact to change her relationship with her work colleague.
The Orkney archipelago lies in the path ot the Gulf Stream, or the North Atlantic Drift as it is also called. Continually millions of gallons of warm water pump out from the Caribbean and stream north east carrying zooplankton, phytoplankton and jelly fish towards the British Isles. Following this mobile food source, sea creatures such as turtles, basking sharks and fish reach our shores.
And what role did the Earl of Orkney and Shetland play?
Alastair Macleod uses historic sources to frame the background of this controversial expedition undertaken before Orkney and Shetland came under Scottish rule.
Apparitions, prohecies and a complex chain of events see one woman triumph over physical force.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”