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)
Loved it, great audio, great story. It turned me, a realistic fiction reader, on my more adventurous day, into an avid listener. I was sucked so deeply into the story that I would have to remind myself at times when I had set it down to attend to my children, that it wasn't real. I found myself with the names echoing through my mind until I would tuck away again and listen to as much as I could get away with.
Captivating novel, I almost forgot, just re-read it. Glad I did. Looking forward to hearing the next novel.
I run while listening to books, so the story has to be really good to keep my mind off my legs. This book has been the best by far , with a close second being The Stormlight Archives.
Sci-Fi, Anime, Gamer Nerd
Rothfuss' framing of the story of Kothe really brings to life the fantastic world he is building in the Kingkiller Chronicles. I can't wait tio read what comes next!
This book was fantastic. I'd already read it before, but wanted to listen to it this time. The reader was fabulous and used many different voices and accents to differentiate between the characters so you felt like there were multiple people talking. The ONLY one I didn't like was the voice he used for Denna - which is a shame since she is such a pivotal character. My biggest wish would be a second reader to do the female voice, but that aside, I didn't like the way he made her sound. That said - it was still VERY enjoyable to listen to and I'd highly recommend it.
I would listen to it again: the language, the magic of the story and thrill of the plot. Just love it!
Old Bear likes the honey
Auri. (Because you can't choose Kvothe)
The Peg farmer near Torren.
It is a very emotional book. There are moments I chuckled to myself but it is mostly on the crying end. The beginning is particularly gut wrenching.
Great book for anyone looking to make a trip to a world of fantasy that doesn't want the same violence and terror you might find in Abercrombie or Martin.
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