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)
Probably not. Although highly entertaining at times, it didn't have enough depth to read again.
There are two timelines in the story: the present time, and the story told by the protagonist about his childhood and upbringing.
I found the present time timeline awkward, unappealing and dull. The childhood/upbringing story is great, but only becomes interesting when something bad finally happens to the protagonist, who is mostly annoying up to that time. I almost stopped reading before getting to the part. I'm glad I didn't, but I would have liked it to come earlier. I also wouldn't mind if the present timeline was gone altogether as I found it distracting and awkward.
There are some beautifully executed scenes with a lot of built up tension that reach very satisfying climaxes.
Harry Potter in a Game of Thrones universe.
I love this book. I have read the print version multiple times.
I did not like the timbre of Nick's voice. It didnt suit the character. The story is being told by a man in his mid/late twenties, so I understand using a more youthful sounding reader, especially given that the story narrator is reflecting on his past, but everything about the description of Koethe indicates that he is world weary and has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Nick's voice was far too delicate for the character.
I am torn between three and four stars for this book. Definitely at least 3.5 stars. I liked most of this book - I just wasn't completely sold on it because it took quite a while to get into the flow of the story. There were a few places within the story that seemed to ramble a bit, but the good parts were really good. The narration was excellent - no criticism there. I listen to more scifi than fantasy typically, and I am sure this preference influences my review. Overall this was a good book and I will probably eventually listen to the second book in the series
most original magic system i have heard of in years and the characters are developed perfectly. if your looking for a great fantasy this is it!
Impressive Series Begining
I would have to compare it to The Lord of the Rings series 1) because of the element of recounting and dramatizing adventures past, 2) the high fantasy nature of the world, 3) and because of the quality of the work.
I was most impressed by how much time and effort obviously went in to devising this work of art. And it is definitely art, creative and beautiful. New languages, sciences, geographies, cultures, and new takes on familiar fantasy themes that at the same time seem new, yet not contrived. Mr. Rothfuss, thank you for writing this.
This book is a great example of rich world building, without a lot of exposition. The magic system is fresh and interesting. The world has several different nations, each with unique cultures. However, the author doesn't spend ages telling you the history of all of them, instead allowing the characters' interactions to tell the reader the backstory and hint at deeper details.
The main character is interesting and well-developed. He's a storyteller and bard, and the way he talks about the little flourishes and drama he adds to the story gives us a more intimate understanding of the story. It's a nice touch, and it holds up well throughout the book.
This gives the reader a huge challenge- not only does he have to manage many different characters with distinct accents, but he also has to lend the narrative a storyteller's flair. The reader manages it all, which I found incredibly impressive.
Pretty high - I have a very hard time listening to most audiobooks, but once in awhile I find one that's well read & compelling enough to suck me in. The Golem & The Djini was one and this was another, where I found myself spending the day sitting around the house trying to not miss what was next. There were parts that reminded me of Harry Potter with the elaborate build of this particular universe & how different seemingly innocuous pieces would come back later in the story. One caution - this is very much the setup for at least 3 volumes and ends before anything is resolved. Part 2 is out and next in my queue, but Part 3 isn't, so I expect I'll be chomping at the bit for a couple years while Rothfuss finishes up.
I'm a fan of fantasy both epic and contemporary, I cant get enough of it!
I don't know about better but it is fantastic!
When Kvoth breaks Ambrose's arm.
He knows how to play emotions like an instrument.
When Kvoths family is Murdered.
Its so deap. There are stories within stories within stories.
I laughed multiple times.
I really enjoyed this story. It's another excellent fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien and George R. R. Martin, full of magic and wonder with memories of Dicken's coming of age stories. The narration by Nick Podehl is truely amazing. His character voices are varied and distinct, creating reality through voice and words.
The depth and breadth of the story.
I enjoyed Podehl's narration, especially in some of the more colorful characters. Truely a joy to hear.
Does it count that I couldn't stop listening to sleep?
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