At the beginning I thought this would be a 4 or 5 star book but after a strong start it takes a serious nose dive. The main character is a 15 year old boy who can seemingly solve any problem or challenge within a couple of pages. While hitting all the main fantasy tropes in the Rowling/Tolkien/Martin style, the story never really goes anywhere after about 2/3 of the way through. Lots of little episodic tales but no narrative that builds on anything. Even for the first book in a trilogy it didn't leave me wanting more. If you like straightforward fantasy in the style of the above mentioned authors this is a fun read but don't expect to be taken to the next level of the genre.
The performance of this audible book is top notch and I think got me through till the end. I really wanted to like this book but I just felt like it could have done so much more in 600 plus pages.
This book was great I was expecting average but what I got was a grand adventure that took me out of my comfort zone and showed me things that I never really noticed in other titles, and I loved it. I really feel the love and time that was put into this series, the back story is normally my least favorite must in a fantasy novel but the name of the wind brings every rock and rust nail into light you forget your not really there. I weeped a little and laugh out loud, nether a easy thing to do. I will eagerly be playing the next book asap!
This book is absolutely brilliant in all rights. I haven't been so enthraled in the story of a book as much as this one since my first reading of Harry Potter. Buying the other two booka in this series immediately.
If you are getting into this book based on recommendation alone let there be a warning. This is not a complex high fantasy classic. the prose and writing style are very good, as is the overall structure of the story. But the characters are fairly bland and boring, with the main character being overly competent at everything he does. Still a good book, but know this before you get into it.