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)
Nick Podehl does an amazing job narrated this story. The story is wonderful and elicits great imagery with the detailed descriptions and adventures. Love the characters and can't wait for more in this series.
First time hearing him and can't wait for more!
I wish I could but I value sleep.
I couldn't stop listening! I expected it to take at least 2 weeks to listen in my spare time, but I kept right on listening when I don't normally listen to books, and I finished in just a few days. Thank goodness there's the sequel already out!
This book series is my personal book crack, when I become entangled in another story clone fantasy novel and the disgust of unimaginative writer consumes me I come back to this book.
This book is a story within a story 3 times. Kvothe is a character to crawl inside of and love, he is not a traditional hero, perhaps not a hero at all. Kvothe is fire and ice.
I loved this book! It is meandering, and there are moments when I wished it would hurry along. But, in the end, I appreciate how the author built this entire universe and filled it with details. I have read many high fantasy novels, but this is the only one that really tried to explain how the hero became a hero. I cried when he described his years as a street urchin. I felt myself shaking my head at his university misadventures. I enjoyed the humor present all throughout the story. As I finished the novel, I marveled that I had gone through so much with the protagonist, and it was only the first book! I can't wait to get the next one.
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