There are not enough positive things I can say about this book or the writer. Patrick Rothfuss maybe new as an author but he has already reach the heights of Jordan, Martin, or Sanderson with this series. The writing style and quality is only matched by the world and characters it describes. While the story follows certain aspects of traditional fantasy, Rothfuss has drawn new lines and expanded the genera. If you enjoy fantasy do yourself a favor and listen to this series.
Not always does the second book in a series equal the first or for that matter exceed it; however, this is one case where it does just that. Book 2 proves that Rothfuss is a name to be admired in the fantasy genera. This book captures all the depth and power of the first book and builds upon it. There are few characters that as a reader you feel so connected to, Kvothe is one of them. He is everything a hero should be but with all the failings true humanity forces upon us. I remain poised on the edge of my seat awaiting the next book in this series.
If you are looking for a good story full of well placed humor this is for you. Kevin Hearne does an excellent job of melding a fantasy, mystery, and comedy all in one. He creates several enjoyable characters you can't help but want to know. Additionally, if you have spent any time in Phoenix or attended ASU the story will tickle you with countless inside jokes.
I would not listen to another book in this series, nor would I choose to listed to anything written by Terry Goodkind. The writing style is forced, childish, predictable, and empty. I could accept these failings if the book was specifically written for children or was written by middle school students. To put it into perspective this is only the second book I have been unable to finish in over 8 years of listening to audio books. The writers' incessant need to explain everything as if the reader is an idiot becomes unbearable. As does his complete inability to create suspense, twists, or surprises. The characters lack depth and personality results in no connection to any of the main characters. How this series has achieved any success with the numbers great authors out there, I will never know. Finally the narrator should not be overlooked as his heavy pauses and limited character voices add nothing positive to the story.
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