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)
The story was really quite good but there were many places where it felt like the author wad rambling and filling space. Otherwise it's a good story :)
If you don't like the story the first time around, give it another go. Mr. Rothfuss doesn't write fantasy in the conventional way, and the more it is read the better it gets! I didn't get it at all the first time I read it. I didn't like it. I read it again, and a wonderful thing happened. I finally have a decided favorite author. I'm enjoying it now around the house audibly.
I got the audio version and Nick Podehl did a great job, his performance made a good book, fantastic. The story was interesting enough for me to get the sequels.
Loved this book. I was constantly trying to figure out what the Arthur was gonna do next. wonderful thought provoking kept me dreaming about what would happen next. cNnot wait to start the next one.
I was a little underwhelmed by this book although I had heard great things about it. I found Kvothe obnoxious. I thought the descriptions of women were two dimensional. Every woman was beautiful and in love with Kvothe, but he didn't realize. However, I think, after reading the second book, that these "faults" are part of the slow burn of this amazing author and series. Kvothe is an obnoxious, girl crazy teenaged boy. But the story grows up as he does.
This is not a series packed with non-stop action, but I think it is growing into the best fantasy series in progress now.
TL;DR: Have patience, and give the next book a try even if you aren't blown away by this one. This book has faults, but it's all worth it for the sequel.
Patrick Rothfuss is the best new author I have perhaps ever come across. He is a true wordsmith, a master in the art of story telling. This book is worth reading for his phrasing alone. It has a poetic cadence and like music is better when heard. The story is captivating. I can not recommend this book higher. It is a masterpiece. Enjoy.
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