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)
Admiringly it had a bit of a slow start but when it got going I couldn't let it go! I loved it all the way! Some would probably think the ending was a bit anti climatic but I'm choosing to start the next one in the series!
This book was amazing! Beautifully written, amazing narrator, and amazing author. I get the feeling that his love life will be complicated but every part was so wonderful I didn't care, the words he uses seem so magical and the characters are so thought out.
I would want everyone to read it or listen to it.
I loved it all the way through
I recommend this book to everyone who's read Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or anything by Sanderson.
Kvothe is an amazing character. He's brilliant, resourceful, a hero and all together broken.
Truly a well written staple in anyone's book collection.
great story that kept me wanting more, interesting characters, interesting universe. can't wait to read the other 2 in the series.
he fits the main characters very well and the story is simular to Harry potter in that he is a young man attending a sort of special school with magic but this story is far better that Harry potter. loved it
I wasn't sure about the narration at first, but it turned out to be some of the best I've heard. Podehl makes the story come alive; there are times I can still hear him telling the story after I've stopped listening. I also enjoyed the way the protagonist tells his own sorry. Before you decide whether you like the book or not, wait until the characters sit down to write about Kvothe's life. That is when I was drawn in. In addition, the dark side of the book is well done. It's refreshing that the author is not willing to pull punches, and it makes the story gritty-real at times. You'll love, hate or feel a certain real-life familiarity with some of the characters, a testament to Rothfuss' writing and imagination. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll simply recommend this book. If you like fantasy, mystery or adventure, you will enjoy The Name of the Wind. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorites now.
Looking forward to reading the next book. The settings are so clear, the descriptions - e.g., "a painful lesson in anatomy"- clever and evocative.
The anxiety over debt was real, the threat of vulnerability inescapable. Plot dragged a bit as Kvoth obsessed about Denna, but mostly illustrated how each aspect of his life impinged upon the others. Satisfying conclusion with promise of more in sequel.
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