It seems that alot of people are upset that the series is not in lockstep with the books. I agree that it is quite shocking and it will take a little while for me to adjust to the new vibe of the story but I dont think that it is that bad at all.
I could go on a rant about the gross differences between the two but that would just get me agitated. I am sure that within a week or two there will be whole websites devoted to that so there is no need.
I am however concerned about a couple of plot lines; the manner as to how Richards' mom died, how Khalan got across the boundary (the sacrifices that were not mentioned) and Richards' lack of knowledge of the contents of the book. All the other differences are somewhat cosmetic to the story. Dont get me wrong, cosmetic details are priceless in Fantasy; Richard pulling Khalan back from the darkness when the Night Whisp "Char" dies. Zed being more than a "crazy old man", Khalans' "Intelligent green eyes", the words "Truth" on the handle of the sword...however,
There is one aspect behind the sword of truth that I feel must be mentioned as by now in the books you are fully aware of the fact. If you want to wait till it gets revealed in the series then by all means wait and Do NOT read the rest of the paragraph. When you kill with the Sword of Truth you see the true nature of the person you kill. This is an overwhelming fact that Richard realized when he kills the first person; he gets inundated with how the person he just killed was doing what he thought was right and how that person was truly a good person, they were just deceived by [in this case] Darken Rahl. He has to deal with this EVERY time he kills someone with the sword. There is only one thing that can get you past the intense knowledge of killing a truly good people because they are blinded by evil, and that is rage. The only person who can keep this rage in check and not get twisted by it is the real Seeker of Truth - Richard. Richard is a very calm person by nature and it is through the sword of truth that he learns to channel this rage.
The Sword of Truth series is one of my favorite and I love the complexities of it. This new version, although skewed from the original, is an awesome display of fantasy. After all if it was 100% the same it would be too predictable, this way they keep us guessing.
I will keep watching it though and thought, and keep crossing my fingers.
All the best.