I didn't know what I was getting into when I started the book, only that two friends had told me for almost a decade to read this.
The comparison to Harry Potter falls short. This is a cruel story, that digs through a man's past and reveals the secrets behind a legend.
As a fan of The Dresden Files, the humanity that we can all relate to is mixed with the fantastic and magical world of Kvothe in a way that lets you forget that it is a story.
I didn't want the book to end and will now have to pace myself through the sequel.
Rothfuss has imagined a new fantasy world that is fun to explore because it is not some cheap copy or lightly disguised ripoff of something done before. The system of magic is very subtle and blends well with the mundane. The main character is complex and flawed, though not in an off-putting way as so many authors fall prey to. There are plenty of mysteries and twists to keep a reader guessing.
Having read a ton of SF/Fantasy, I would rank this first book high on my list...top 20 for sure. For me the jury is out as I am a fan of epic series (LOTR, WOT, Dark Tower, etc.) and I have not yet read the other books. They come highly recommended to me so I look forward to them and hope they deliver.
This book was stunningly written. When I first looked at the description I thought that I wouldn’t like it, but someone recommended it to me, so I decided to read it.
At first I almost turned away from The Name of the Wind, thinking it was just about someone discovering he was a wizard and killing a bunch of monsters, but as soon as Kvothe's tale started and he began traveling alone, I was hooked. I realised this wasn’t your generic fantasy, but something much better. This was an amazing book full of plot twists, failures, and successes, all of which took place in a very expansive world. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy!
My friend recommended this book to me. If you are a fan of fantasy book, this book is one you must read. Once you start, you can never stop listening as you feel you are right there alongside Kvothe (main character) going through his ordeals. Can't stop saying great things about this book. Must read.
The story for the main character is interesting, peculiar feeling, and neat. It has dark moments, but is also quite lovely. I liked this a lot, enough to get the second book in the series. Narration was good also.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
The book is terribly long and detailed, especially with things that do not concern the main plot. There are many inconsistencies within the plot itself, that could be prevented with a simple prood reading. On the top of that the main character is unusually similar to another main character, made very popular in recent years. It could easily last less than 6 hours with no important losses to the storyline.
Below are some examples of inconsistencies that I mentioned before
* They have germ theory but no one ever heard about a microscope
* Some heroic acts of the main character became urban myths although those same acts were never witnessed by anyone.
* The book is basically a recollection, but the speaker can remember not only the exact words people said over a span of five or more years, but what they were wearing and the weather and everything else.
About the eerie similarities with another fictional character, I'm not going to say which character is but both of them had:
* Their parents killed by their arch-enemies
* Both were marked by that experience and the main plot revolves around it.
* Both went to a school of magic
* Both were prodigies with their skills
* Both had a minor enemy which was a petulant rich kid.
Any ideas of who this character might be?
To preface this review, I will simply say that I have read ALL (or most) of the classics and the newest works of art in this category...I am a fan. I researched high and low, read all of the reviews, and at long last settled on this mess. I started it, and deleted it almost immediately. A few months later, I was drawn back again (due to the reviews) and gave it a second try. I wish there was an option for zero or negative stars!
I have written and erased a review for this book several times, and I just can't seem to do justice to how simply AWFUL this book was. Perhaps it's because of the sheer perplexity of why anyone would consider this to be one of the best new works in the genre in recent memory (as stated in some reviews here) ...or perhaps I simply cannot put into the proper words why I despised this read so much.
I wanted to stop reading this book (again) VERY early on, and forced myself to continue due to the overwhelming positive feedback it has received and the fact that this was my second try with this title. I will make my review brief and honest.
The writing is choppy, plot lines are unimaginative, and the dialog belongs in YA fiction. The lead characters (I stress plural) are obnoxious and posses seemingly EVERY solution to every problem they have ever or will ever face. If I have to hear this overbearing Kvothe tell me why he doesn't have the time to explain to me why I can't fathom or understand his perspective because I'm simply not smart or special enough one more time...I felt like I was a kindergartener being talked down to by an ivy league professor who simply had no time to tell me his story and was annoyed that I couldn't be on his level. This is THE WORST and MOST OBNOXIOUS lead character I have ever come across, hands down. I still can't believe I talked myself into finishing this, I deserve a medal or something.
Read all of the reviews if you wish, they sucked me in too...but believe when I tell you to trust me, do yourself a favor and skip this story...you'll never get the 25 or so hours back
May I suggest a few clearly superior options:
Blood Song Book #1 (Anthony Ryan)...quite simply, the best I've ever read
Stormlight Archive #1 & #2...both great reads, can't wait for #3
Any of the Theft of Swords series...characters the way they should be written
Hope this helps, happy reading