This is one of my favorite Goodkind novels. It takes place a thousand (or more) years after the Sword of Truth series, but instead of taking place in that world, it takes place right *here*, on Earth, and in modern day! Once again, we are met with charismatic and principled protagonists, and evil, brutish villains. As always, the protagonists are defenders of life and freedom, while the villains are warmongers and terrorists who wish to subjugate the masses to claim power.
But a huge difference is that there is no magic in this world, so people must rely on their intellect, wit, and strength (both in spirit and in body) to solve the problems that are thrown at them. But, fortunately, the playing field is even in that regard, since the villains cannot use magic, either.
I remember feeling super excited while reading Wizard's First Rule, and I'm sure that part of it was the newness of the story. I felt something similar while reading The Law of Nines. I'd say that this book is the most fast-paced of all of the Goodkind novels (so far) and it definitely leaves me wanting more. I hope he continues this story as a series, but he wraps things up fairly well enough so that this one can stand as a single installment if that's all he intends it to be.
I noticed that there is quite a bit of criticism about this one, and I cannot figure out why. Maybe most readers cling too much to preconception. This is really not a fantasy novel, and since it takes place in this world, there is really no magic here. But all of his books have not concentrated primarily on magic anyway, but on human spirit, and the struggle of good vs. evil. Anyone who enjoys a story like that, and anyone who does not cling to preconceptions about what a Goodkind novel should be will love this book.