My friend warned me it's a slow start. Wait until the inn keeper and the chronicler meet, if you stop listening before that you would have missed a great story. Patience is a virtue after all.
I am slightly torn as to how I feel about this book, there are interesting elements to the story but as I got deeper into the book I started to feel as if I was trudging through a lot of excess verbiage to get to a plot that never fully develops. Rothfuss is a great writer but has a verbose and flowery style that might come across to some as pretentious and tedious at times.
I appreciate Rothfuss’ writing style and believe that he has developed the framework for a great series in this novel. However, throughout the book it seems as if the plot is more of a second thought (never fully developed) and the events that are described feel disjointed and irrelevant to each other.
After reading this book, I was hopeful that the second book in the series would advance the plot and the characters, but decided to check the reviews prior to purchasing. I’m glad I did as most of the reviews indicate that, like the first book in the series, the second book continues the theme of shallow plot development, one-dimensional supporting characters, and a tedious process of framing the story (which is still underway even after 2000 pages).
Hopefully, Rothfuss enlists the assistance of a better editor for the third and final book in this series.
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.