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)
An interesting interpretation of magic, and a character that is relatable, make this a must read for anyone interested in a fantasy type genre.
Narrator's voice was a little 'small' for the main character, but other dialects and voices were strong and helpful.
Ending is clearly a 'sequel ending'.
Every fantasy novel has its type of power. This one ('sympathy')
is a little complicated, which makes it difficult to foresee solutions right before they happen, and sometimes requires explanation after the use of the magic.
It's a slow book filled with lovely language and delightful bits. Epic and grand. I loved it and am on to the second book.
Family on the move.
The author did an outstanding job weaving the story together. The story within a story concept started a bit slow but gradually the author found his rhythm and it all came together. I'm hooked.
Action, adventure, romance, magic, music, practical jokes...
Reader started a little rough too but pulled things together as the story moved forward. Well done!
'the sunshine state diva
not sure who could gain an interest in this story. I thought it would be me but it was boring and by no means engaged my interest.
I expected to get pulled in to an adventure but this didn't happen quick enough. I could not bear to think of listening to 27 hours worth of this story.
I was in no way engaged in this story for the short time I listened. The narrator didn't make it any easier. It was all boring.
I didn't get anywhere near finishing so I could not say.
Will trade in for a different book
Well written, and wonderfully performed. The story is so easy to follow, and keeps the listener engaged. It is rare to find a book that both my husband and myself throughly enjoy, and this definitely one of them.
I am probably in the minority here, but it took me a really long time to warm up to even liking this book. I wonder if I would feel different if I were reading it instead of listening to it. Perhaps I would. I find Kvothe irritating, which is perhaps related to the narration, I can't tell. I want to like it, and am going to give the second book in the series a try. If it's more of the same, I'll look elsewhere.
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