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)
Story builds up slow. Often the character does something nonsensical which would leave the audience frustrated. It is only after the fact or much later that the author reasons out why the character did what he did. The narration was poor in the first hour or became progressively better and turned into one of the best I've heard.
I love fantasy (Jordan, Sanderson, RA Salvatore) so I was surprised when I tried twice to get into this book and failed. However, the third time I stuck with it and what a book it is!! The story telling is great and the characters are very interesting. it's not your typical story but its got me hooked!
Patrick Rothfuss is a master story-weaver! I love the imagery, character development and dialogue. The audio book narration is fantastic. The Name of the Wind has moved quickly to the top of my favorites short-list.
The performance by Nick Podehl really makes this story extra special. It was brilliant on it's own but he really brought something extra to the book. It is difficult to imagine Kvothe having any other voice. I really enjoyed this!
It shouldn't work. Do you hear me? It shouldn't work. But it does. Without a doubt, the most original epic fantasy novel I've ever experienced. If you love story- if you love character, you'll adore it.
Give it a few chapters and you won't be disappointed.
A fast paced fantasy story brilliantly narrated by Nick Podehl. He manages to play the different characters with different voices and it helps a lot to distinguish them. My only regret is that I'm unable to find the second book narrated by him. I'll have to get used to the other narrator...
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