As an actor, writer, and director, I understand the difficulty of transcribing a page to a screen. I do, trust me.
I think that the people here have done a wonderful job doing this for an action oriented audience, but I feel like the books just do a better job of explaining Richard and Kahlan's humanity. I feel like we get such a skin deep look into their world.
For a show rating, I give this show a 4/5 for it's great visual componants (acting, VFX, dialogue, set design, ect.). As a fan of the books, I give the story presented here a 2/5 for not allowing us into thier world as the book would.
But overall, I think that this is well done and a nice change to Saturday television.