The Terry Goodkind “Seeker of Truth” series is one of my favorite fantasy epics. Goodkind creates an incredible universe of strange creatures and magical realms. The plot is a simple one – one man against the forces of darkness, and the war that ensues; the story is rich with philosophy and explores the reason men should behave in a moral fashion. Richard Cypher, a woodsman meets a young woman named Kahlan, a high priestess of her magical following. Together they battle first an evil king, and then take on an evil emperor whose character was strongly modeled on Xerxes, the man who wanted to conquer the world. (On a side and only slightly related note, 300 is one of my favorite historically inaccurate flicks, especially because of Xerxes in the film). The first three books work mostly on maturing and developing the characters and familiarizing the reader with the world they are fighting for. then once established, Goodkind takes the story to new depths by explaining why some things are worth fighting for. This is the part that hooked me. In plain, concise language, Terry Goodkind describes the reason any one should be prepared to defend their freedoms. I found the journey to be one for Goodkind as well. He is a master storyteller, but you can feel the focus and the style start to really settle into itself by the 4th book.
Finally, after procrastinating for quite some time, I rented the TV series based off of the book series. So far I have watched the first three episodes. The storyline is quite different from the books – characters that never existed and story lines that never happened in the books. However there is a decent quality of special effects, and the acting is, while certainly not superb, not bad. I saw in the 4th episode the youngest sibling from the 2003 “Peter Pan” film. He played a young psychic with a mercenary outlook. A character, not from the books, with a story that Goodkind did not write, but it was entertaining nonetheless. They did keep a good deal of details true to the books though, and that was a relief. Zedd, the wizard was cast wonderfully, Richard is played by a very good looking guy, but I always saw a more manly side to the character. Kahlan is beautiful in a strong way, and she has quite good screen presence, with a good connection to her leading man. I look forward to the rest of season 1, but I will have to watch the rest before I decide to rent season 2.
Well, until next time,