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)
this book was really something special. It felt like a very detailed autobiography, not just a fantasy book. the characters were clever, the magic system original, and overall it was just very believable, which is the most important part of a fantasy novels construction. I haven't even started on the performance, have I? I don't think I've ever heard such a well perfomed book. where most narrators struggle with exclamations and reactions, this one made it sound as though they were all coming to him completely naturally. it was very long, and admittedly there were stretches where very little of important interest or happening, but with a combination of clever wording and excellent voice acting, this book manage to make even the boring parts a pleasure to get through.
this book has some wonderful concepts and element to it that would jave made for an excellent story, but none of it was pulled together or focussed on properly. instead of prioritizing some of the interesting characters or magic system, you have to slog through chapter after chapter about how poor and destitute the character is, or read about his failed love life. did you think you would read an interesting book involving the magic of the name of the wind? youll be sorely disappointed. thanks Rothfuss. i now know to never read your books.
I honestly would listen to this again but not for a long time as this is 27 hours long.
I don't think I can honestly compare it to anything, it was a very unique 'read.'
His voice acting for different characters was fantastic, I believed I was in a room with that character almost every time.
No, but it did fill me with a sense of wonder.
I downloaded this book on the recommendation of my husband, and I have been amazed at how much I enjoyed it. As a story within a story, it translates very well into an audio book, and the narrator does a great job with the reading. This first book of a larger series is beautiful and intriguing, woven with magic, adventure, sorrow, love, and humor all in equal parts. I found myself so wrapped up in the story and connected to the main character that I was actually sad to reach the end of a 10 hour drive! I cannot wait to download the next part of the story. This is without a doubt my new favorite book!
My friend introduced me to this series and I breezed through all 27 hours in a matter of weeks. Looking forward to book #2!
If you haven't read this book, you NEED to. I cannot put into words how absolutely beautiful it is written, and how it captured my imagination from beginning to end. You care for its characters, especially Kvothe, who narrates his adventure from epic encounters to depressing life moments. This is, and always should be, the standard for writing fantasy novels.
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