So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
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“The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution…As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
“Fantasy readers-a notoriously discerning group-tend to dole out praise judiciously, which makes the reception of The Name of the Wind, the first volume in Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle, that much more remarkable. Critics are already throwing around comparisons to some of the biggest names in fantasy, including George R. R. Martin, Tad Williams, the recently deceased Robert Jordan, and even Tolkien. (Bookmarks Magazine)
“New fantasy authors are usually overhyped, and it's rare to find one who writes with such assurance and narrative skill right from the start. I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he's an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven't been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It's certain to become a classic." (Lisa Tuttle, The Times)
not a fan of a character telling of his past for the whole book. you kinda know he will overcome all obstacles to get to the present. very detailed. sometimes too much. I struggled but finished it and will give the sequel a chance.
the kingkiller series is a new addiction and a powerful one at that patrick rothfuss has built characters that you can't help but be emotionally invested once you complete this book pick up wise man's fear the next in the collection.
Perhaps more aptly named "the daily life of young Kwothe", a lot actually doesn't happen in this book and yet, it is full of adventure. Kwothe, the son of a traveling troupe leader, tells his story of how he went from a life of telling tales to being the hero tales are told of. This book focuses mostly on his youth and is more like a recount of his life story, some details seemingly unnecessary but told in such a way that you simply sit back and enjoy the picture it paints. I can't tell if the story's excellence is because of the artfully crafted writing of Rothfuss or the performance of Nick Podehl. It's likely both. The world is wonderfully painted through the eyes of Kwothe as he encounters new cultures, new stories, and grows in his education as a magic wielder. As a story where characters often tell their own stories or sit and listen to tales of others, it is easy to feel as if you too were one of the audience members listening to a bard with this audiobook.
Very good imagery and original story. The writing is very poetic and detailed. Looking forward to reading the next one in text to get a physical feel of the writers style.
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