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)
Rothfuss has laid the groundwork for a world which, though resembling the bland quadi-medieval backdrop of stereotypical fantasy at first, soon evolves into a true alternate cosmos complete with a plausible metaphysics and unique society and ecology. The human interactions are a bit mundane, barely escaping the realm of navelgazing, but I have hope for the future development of the characters. The voices are performed with admirable creativity and drama.
Fantastic narration, a great tale of not traditional swords and sorcery, but more to do with words and wit. Outsmart or outinsult. The struggles of the protagonist are harrowing whicch make you all the happier when he gets some acts of kindness. I do like the philosophising though sometimes it drags. The narrator really does a great job with all the characters, he really transports you there.
The writing of the story feels like a high school student trying to impress his D&D friends with the latest SAT words that he has learned. The characters feel cut out of other classic fantasy novels and forced. After reading over a hundred pages I still didn't care about any character or the direction the story was going.
I don't necessarily think people should avoid this novel but I would recommend several other books before The Name of the Wind.
The narrator did a poor job in making the characters feel different from each other. It sounded like every character was young and slightly pretentious.
Ill keep this short and sweet. Did not live up to the hype one bit. There are literally 2 fights in this book and even less use of any kind of magic. It all about the main character going through school...thats it.
story is amazing. . . . narrator isn't Stephen fry but most aren't so can't complain
story goes off on long tangents giving amazingly indepth bagcground . . think the silmarilian(can't spell and to lazy to look up) chopped cut and placed within lotr which I HOPE are the set up for an overly detailed fictional world similar to lotr, once the author gets more books out. if he stops at only the three days, I will be at his house with signs and a mob
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