It’s 1876 and gold had been discovered in the Black Hills, Dakota Territory. The discovery had birthed the lawless mining town of Deadwood. Steel Madison and his father, Philadelphians, join up with a wagon train headed by Charlie Utter, leaving Colorado with 180 painted ladies for the upstart mining town of Deadwood. Enemies are made, and they experience the dangers of the uncivilized West. Steel goes against his father’s firm counsel and purchases a lead pusher—a Colt pistol with an ivory handle. He is schooled by none other than Bill Hickok, Deadwood’s most famous resident, and soon discovers his innate talents with a gun. Savannah, the beautiful Southern belle, and Cattie, the dark-haired beauty, both stir his emotions. One becomes the hopes of his dreams, only to have such dreams to be tabled by a band of marauding Crow Indians. It’s only by returning to the town of Deadwood—a town that he has come to despise, a town with dangerous enemies—that he has any hope of finding what he’s lost.
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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.