I loved this book the first time through, but only after returning to it a few years later and dozens of other fantasy series finished can I truly appreciate how wonderful this book is. There's something special here.
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I read this book with a small group of friends. I really had no grand expectations except it was highly recommended by many people I know and don't know. The "Kingkiller" Chronicles, in this book, doesn't mean anything at this point. We follow Kvothe from about 12 years of age to 17. He is an older man, telling his story to The Chronicler over a 3 day span. NotW is day 1. Now, Kvothe is very intelligent, bright, and had a great misfortune at age 12. But this event set him on his path, of which we are only barely seeing in NotW. There isn't a lot of "action" going on, merely daily events with friends, enemies, Instructors, and the like. Most of the real action occurs during the "Interludes" which are the present Kvothe/Kote breaking from the story being told to attend to matters at his Inn. So if you are expecting a lot of action, you will not find it here. But you will find a well written story. I did not LOVE the story, but it was better than okay, hence the 3.5 stars. I only reserve 5 stars for books I will reread. My reading group is on the fence whether to move on or not. Only 1 member has read both books that are out, and he says more action occurs in Wise Man's Fear. So maybe we will, but we decided to read a different book after this in the meantime.
I have read all of Pat's books, (waiting impatiently for the conclusion) and loved them all. I purchased the audio version so I could revisit this work during work and my commute. The story holds me from beginning to end, even though it is a second time through for me. I recommend it to anyone. The narrator is excellent.
I decided to listen to this book because my husband had read it. It isn't my "style" of book. After a chapter or two, however, I found myself lost in the story and mystery of an orphaned boy become hero, perhaps. Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!
This is an entertaining fantasy story that stays well grounded in character development without relying on magic and battle to move forward. It manages to make nods to the fantasy trops on which it builds without loosing it's own character. There is more than enough emotion and action to make this story enjoyable in and of itself, but it also makes the reader eager to see what happens next. The heartbreak and mystery alluded to in the final chapters is more than enough to wet the appetite for more.
When I bought this book hoping it to be filled with more action and excitement. I also hope that would be a little darker, but it seems to be written for younger audience. It's a good story and written well, but it's not the kind that won't let you stop listening.
I love fantasy, always have. And overall I'd say the book was good. It's just, as usual with fantasy, the worlds can be so very involved. I appreciate all the ideas and history and peoples and legends that were created to make this story, I really do. But sometimes the author gets quite carried away, stopping the story so a character can tell a detailed tale about a figure in a legend, or giving a history lesson. Obviously the author is very skilled with words and forming images in the reader's head, but sometimes it felt like he was writing in a way that was so flowery it was like he was daring me to not be impressed. I knew that if I'd been reading the book instead of listening to it, I would have started skipping sentences.
Still, the overall story was pretty compelling.