It's hard to know where to begin. I was completely rapt with this book within the first chapter or two, and I was in the grips of the story until the last page, totally drawn in and hungry for more the entire time. The characters felt both like old friends and new ones from the moment I met them (with the possible exception of Ambrose, but you'll understand why he isn't a friend once you've met him yourself). Even in introducing the setting, the first moments of the characters, it's clear this is a world to play in, people to get to know, and that your time won't be wasted here.
I don't know if I really have words to do this book justice. This is the work of a master, and just reading it is an enriching experience, even if fantasy isn't your cup of tea. The quality of storytelling, the characters, the reality that this is a life we're looking at, are amazing. I'm not a big biography reader, but if biographies read anything like The Name of the Wind, then I am missing out and must remedy this immediately. I'm not trying to make light of this or of history by any means, but if I lived in Kvothe's world, then I would be so unbelievably happy to be a historian, knowing that this is what goes on in the world.
Wonderfully written! I would recommend to anyone who loves good stories. The next book only gets better!
I have read this book and loved it. Listening to it allowed me to enjoy it all over again. Patrick Rothfuss has created a complete and complex world as well as interesting and complex characters. In spite of the number of hours, I didn't want it to end. The narrator brought the story and characters to life and added nuances I hadn't caught when I read the book.
On scale, this is on the order of The Lord of the Rings, but this is the story of a single man, so it's hard to name a similar book.
I can't wait for the third book to come out!
Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.
I started this series with trepidation due to there being something not quite right with the tone of the narrators voice. I quickly overcame this and fell deeply entranced with the story. This is a great book and I highly reccomend it. Get past the beginning and find yourself emersed in this new and interresting land. I look forward to the second book.
Probably not. Although highly entertaining at times, it didn't have enough depth to read again.
There are two timelines in the story: the present time, and the story told by the protagonist about his childhood and upbringing.
I found the present time timeline awkward, unappealing and dull. The childhood/upbringing story is great, but only becomes interesting when something bad finally happens to the protagonist, who is mostly annoying up to that time. I almost stopped reading before getting to the part. I'm glad I didn't, but I would have liked it to come earlier. I also wouldn't mind if the present timeline was gone altogether as I found it distracting and awkward.
There are some beautifully executed scenes with a lot of built up tension that reach very satisfying climaxes.
Harry Potter in a Game of Thrones universe.
I love this book. I have read the print version multiple times.
I did not like the timbre of Nick's voice. It didnt suit the character. The story is being told by a man in his mid/late twenties, so I understand using a more youthful sounding reader, especially given that the story narrator is reflecting on his past, but everything about the description of Koethe indicates that he is world weary and has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Nick's voice was far too delicate for the character.
I am torn between three and four stars for this book. Definitely at least 3.5 stars. I liked most of this book - I just wasn't completely sold on it because it took quite a while to get into the flow of the story. There were a few places within the story that seemed to ramble a bit, but the good parts were really good. The narration was excellent - no criticism there. I listen to more scifi than fantasy typically, and I am sure this preference influences my review. Overall this was a good book and I will probably eventually listen to the second book in the series
most original magic system i have heard of in years and the characters are developed perfectly. if your looking for a great fantasy this is it!
Impressive Series Begining
I would have to compare it to The Lord of the Rings series 1) because of the element of recounting and dramatizing adventures past, 2) the high fantasy nature of the world, 3) and because of the quality of the work.
I was most impressed by how much time and effort obviously went in to devising this work of art. And it is definitely art, creative and beautiful. New languages, sciences, geographies, cultures, and new takes on familiar fantasy themes that at the same time seem new, yet not contrived. Mr. Rothfuss, thank you for writing this.
This book is a great example of rich world building, without a lot of exposition. The magic system is fresh and interesting. The world has several different nations, each with unique cultures. However, the author doesn't spend ages telling you the history of all of them, instead allowing the characters' interactions to tell the reader the backstory and hint at deeper details.
The main character is interesting and well-developed. He's a storyteller and bard, and the way he talks about the little flourishes and drama he adds to the story gives us a more intimate understanding of the story. It's a nice touch, and it holds up well throughout the book.
This gives the reader a huge challenge- not only does he have to manage many different characters with distinct accents, but he also has to lend the narrative a storyteller's flair. The reader manages it all, which I found incredibly impressive.