Wizard's First Rule starts off with a young man named Richard Cypher wandering in the woods of Westland. Westland is where most of the story takes place, along with the Midlands. Richard notices that the Boundary, a gateway to the underworld that also separate Westland from the Midlands, is breaking down. On his way back to tell the High Councilor, he sees a beautiful young woman running through the trees. He also sees four dangerous-looking men following her. He heads toward her to direct her down a different path to lose her stalkers. She is distrustful at first, but soon determines that Richard is not a threat and tells him her name is Kahlan Amnell. Richard senses an unusual power about her, but shrugs it off.
The two go to see Zedd, an old friend of Richard's. Shortly after, Richard discovers that Zedd is, in fact, a wizard, not the simple, cloud-loving man that he thought he knew his whole life. As Kahlan and Zedd talk, Richard slowly begins to piece together some details. Kahlan is from the Midlands; she came to find the First Wizard who crossed into Westland before the creation of the Boundary and disappeared. Zedd was that wizard, realizes a shocked Richard.
Kahlan informs Zedd on events happening on the other side of the Boundary An evil ruler called Darken Rahl is leading his armies against the Midlands. He seeks the three mysterious boxes of Orden, magical devices that could destroy the world if opened in the wrong order. He will stop at nothing to get them.
Then, Zedd names Richard the Seeker of Truth, and bequeaths to him the Sword of Truth, a magical sword that draws its power from the user's anger. Together, the three, with another old friend of Richard's, Chase, who is a boundary warden, travel towards the Midlands to stop Darken Rahl.
However, when they get close to the Boundary, they are attacked by underworld beasts. Zedd and Chase are touched by the beasts and fall into a magical stupor, unable to... [continues]
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