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)
Different than the usual epic fantasy. Very engaging, well written. Patrick Rothfuss writes with a great sense of humor. Not a "funny" book. But his humor shines through, making this a very well rounded book. Very easy to relax into this world and enjoy a great story.
Interesting story and not the typical story that you can guess whats going to happen next
Book started slow but it did pick up
Need to get the next one
I loved the unpredictability of the characters and the storyline. I like being immersed in a story that takes me into new, but believeable places.
I look for books that are like themselves alone and are unique, and this one fits that standard.
Young Kvothe--warm and very likeable in characterization and performance.
Any comment here might be a major spoiler!
READ this book!
Best Fantasy Ever
Kvothe's humor and defiance of authority.
No, it was perfect for all of our summer road trips, though.
The self discovery of the hero
Fluid and hypnotic
Names that will get you killed
Can't wait to book 3
I've listened to this book far more than any of my other books, it never stops entertaining me.
The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit... A more comprehensive Song of Ice and Fire but without that nagging feeling that the author has no idea what he's doing...
Great voice acting. There's a subtlety that Podehl brings to each line that is as engrossing as it is authentic.
I laughed, cried and whooped for joy!
Love this book. Also loved the following installment with equal fervor and can't wait for the last one. It's a great time to get on board this wonderfully imaginative fable.
Near the top. I listen in my auto and when walking. It is difficult to leave it till my next walk or auto travel.
Absolutely. It was difficult to put down. I save my audio books for times when I cannot read because of another activity. Name of the Wind caused me to linger after my walk and sometimes sit in the auto in my driveway when arriving home just to hear more of it.
I love a great story and like to share and discuss it with others!
How original the magic system is and the sense of mystery throughout the story.
Never heard Nick Podehl's performances before, but he does an incredible job with the different characters.
If I could.
This is one of the better fantasy books that I have read/heard since Martin's Song of Fire and Ice. Rothfuss does a great job both developing characters and relationships and story, and yet he also kept me "flippin the pages" (so to speak) with a constant flow of surprises and mysteries. Great stuff!
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