Rothfuss describes situations well and the plot is bearable, but the sexism mixed with the selfish, egotistical main character brings the book down.
If you ask a fan of the series to name an important woman character that wasn't just a helper, burden, or background in this book it will be a struggle. In the first half of the book there are absolutely zero-- and women are barely mentioned at all.
The main character (Kvothe) is selfish and arrogant, almost never doing something for anybody but himself. He treats his friends like commodities instead people. The narration implies that compared to Kvothe everybody else is weak, stupid, or a stepping stone.
The author even tries to insult other fantasy novels that have a young boy who meets up with helpers as an unrealistic story, but a genius boy who figures out magic faster than an adult could is somehow more realistic.
The reader, Nick Podehl, is one of the better readers I've heard and gives a high-quality performance.
It's a great book if you are a Colbert fan. It's intense and witty, but keep in mind the Colbert character is dialed way up.
This novel is only for those who are dedicated to World of Warcraft. It will fill in holes or lore that a player might be curious about.
The writing itself was horrible. Often I wanted to tell the author "Show, don't tell." When the author wasn't explaining events like an encyclopedia, she was portraying flat characters. Kinndy the Gnome, for example, was often described as being up-beat, yet most of what the character actually said was bitter and obnoxious. The entire atmosphere felt like bad, in-game role-play. The few, but large, plot holes weren't even the worst aspect.
The story gets better after the second half, but it is still not worth reading. Seeing as how it is written like a long wiki article, it is a better to read a web sites summation than this book.
Her reading was mediocre. Her performance was not necessarily bad, but most of her voices sounded identical.
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