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Legend of the Seeker (2008)

Bridget Regan, Craig Horner, David de Lautour, Jay Laga'aia, Craig Parker, Bruce Spence


Millions of readers the world over have been held spellbound by this valiant tale vividly told. Now, enter Terry Goodkind's world, the world of The Sword of Truth.

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword-to invoke within himself something nobler. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed...or that their time has run out.

This is the beginning. One story. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.


If you’re into Fantasy and can’t wait until 2010 when The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “prequel” to Lord of the Rings, is due to hit the big screen, then how about checking out Legend of the Seeker in the meantime? Not to be confused with the recent The Seeker - The Dark is Rising, this new series (consisting of 22 episodes) is instead based on popular genre author Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule, the first book in his New York Times bestselling epic Sword of Truth series of novels. 

Filmed in New Zealand (where else? since Peter Jackson has have filmed Lord of the Rings there it has been compulsory for all fantasy-related projects to film there) The Legend of the Seeker was produced by Sam Raimi, the director of the Spider-man and Evil Dead movies. Long-time genre fans will spot Bruce Spence, the Aussie character actor who played the crazy gyrocopter pilot who saved Mad Max in The Road Warrior, by the way.

The series promises to be an entertaining diversion for fans of both Goodkind’s novels (he wrote the screenplay too) as well as fans of escapist Tolkienesque fantasy. (Check out the official site for TV screening times.)

Speaking of compulsory. It would seem that if your name is Terry and you want to be a writer, then it is compulsory for you to write Fantasy novels: Terry Brooks, Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind . . . (Know of any mote Terrys dabbling in fantasy literature? Then let me know at



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