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)
After reading all of the positive reviews about the book, I decided to give it a try. I must say there were some good points in the book and was decently written but overall the story progressed very slowly and without very good direction.
In a way it was a book just hyping up the main character without any real action or significance to how great of a protagonist he is.
In my opinion, Rothfuss is a good writer but it would have been a much better book if it didn't seem to drag so much.
This book suffers from several flaws, however, once you get into it, it is hard not to enjoy. First of all, the narrator doesn't fit the part. If you listen to the expertly narrated Game of Thrones, you will know what I'm talking about. Much of the book has a somewhat amateurish feel to it as well, such as the long winded metaphors and repetition used by the protagonist more often than is necessary. On the other hand, the story is engrossing. You're always wondering what will happen next. I will indeed be purchasing the second book. Hopefully, the author will have worked out some of the kinks.
This is a decent story however the narrator sounds like a whinny teenage woody allen. This takes away from what could be stronger characters.
I enjoyed this. I expected something dry... the description does not do it justice.
There is an enjoyable now and then as the story is about a story being told.
I want to hear the rest. (be warned you will want to down load the other parts!)
I enjoyed this book so much that I quit listening to it and bought the book. I tend to pay more attention when reading versus listening and this clearly merits the effort.
The story telling and plot are very compelling. As a sign of high praise, I was as pleased with Rothfuss' first book as when I first read Goodkind or Rawn. This is a must read/listen for epic fantasy fans.
Great book! I can't wait to read or listen to the rest of the series. This book takes a new approach to fantasy. It's not the "same ole, same ole" that you get from a lot of fantasy books. I began to feel as though I was sitting at a round wooden table in that tavern listening to Kvothe tell his amazing story. Truly entertaining.
This is not my typical genre ... I'd prefer a Zombie book ... BUT ... this book sucks you in. A lot of descriptive prose. The reader is really good too ... he'd have to be for a book this long LOL ... I admit to being a novice when it comes to this type of story ... but it is really good ... only like 6 more hours ... the next book is a longer one ... can't wait ... I am already anticipating finishing that one ... and having to wait for the third one ... so yeahp ... this is a really good book.
This story is completely engaging. It sucks you in and does not let go. Character development is superb and a very original story. Lov it!
I rarely write reviews, but I am compelled to help this book achieve even higher status. "The name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1" is astoundingly good. As many of the other reviewers have said, it does get off to a very slow start and Mr. Rothfuss seems obsessed with making sure we know and understand his worlds' currency system, but those are my only (and very minor) complaints. Once the book gets up to speed I dare you to stop listening for more than a day. Buy this book, you won't regret it!
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