Michele Smith feels like an outcast in her family. Dispite that, she's a smart, successful woman who has made her own family circle. She had it all until one day when her world turned upside down with the unexpected death of her only child.
Now that her husband of eight years is leaving her, Michele finds herself struggling with despondence as it sends her wheeling down the dark path of grief.
Forced to attend the yearly family reunion by her overbearing mother only exacerbates Michele's feelings of loneliness as those same old feelings of being an outcast resurface, allowing her to wallow deeper inside her despair.
But it's actually here among kinfolk that Michele will have her eyes opened to what family truly means. In her search for solitude, what Michele finds instead is something she never thought she would receive, forgiveness.
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.