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)
The narrator was amazing. The story was extremely compelling. But it just kind of stops. I was waiting for some major struggle and climax of excitement. It didn't happen. Apparently this is the type of fantasy where developing intriguing characters and painting a detailed picture of another world is more important than exciting conflicts and climactic struggles. Leaves me with the feeling that I read a documentary instead of a fictional story, but an entertaining documentary nonetheless. I'll probably give the next one a try just to see if any real conflict will ever arise.
Loved the book and the Reader. Very good Book for the family to listen to on a long trip. Can not wait to listen to the next 2 books in this series.
Below LotR and Rumo, but above Help and Hunger Games.
It took me until Chapter 35 to seriously get into it. Too much time spent in Tarbean, too much time spent on his self pity. Things didn't REALLY start picking up until sometime after the University.
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
Before I write my review, I'll say that the accomplishment of writing a novel, having it published, and widely enjoyed is an extraordinary thing. I could not like this book, despite an honest effort on my part. I listened up until the last 2 hours. I could listen no more.
I love fantasy. I've ready a lot of it over 25 years. I say this only to indicate I've got lots of material to compare to. Here's why I didn't like this book:
- How can the main character be so brilliant, yet make so many poor choices over the course of the book. I find it galling that the protagonist would be able to survive on the streets for 3 years based on his record of nearly insane choices during the rest of the book.
- I understand he's a prodigy, but regardless of culture, 15 year olds don't interact with adults the way this kid does. It's like every adult in the book is either an idiot or the listener is led to believe that the protagonist is all of the sudden a mature adult that has shed his adolescent veneer. It's rather unbelievable that this kid can shake down or intimidate several people in his travels. In almost every other fantasy world I know, the Inn Keeper, Horse Master, Tailor would have cuffed this brat and sent him along his way.
- The protagonist is a master lute player (by 12 sigh); yet rather than leveraging this skill in one of the largest cities in world, he decides to beg. Yes, but lutes are expensive you say. Yes, but surely someone as brilliant as this young man would have found his way to get his hand on a lute at some point.
- The entire dragon section of the book is unbelievable. You mean to say this beast has lived in the forest around the town for 200 years and no one in the village has any knowledge of its presence or what it is. For peat sakes, it randomly spits fire and has to eat large tracks of forest as food. Surely to goodness some farmer or forester would have ran across one of these animals at some point.
- For such a long book, I was surprised that the author did very little to explain the geopolitical nature of his world. He mentions there's a commonwealth and a war somewhere, but the details are frustratingly lacking, and this takes away from the books depth.
- I found the advancement of technology annoying. You have the university achieving all of these wonderful things, but it would appear these advancements have not made into the broader world. Keep in mind the period of time in the book is 2000 years. That's just silly and there's no explanation for it. Perhaps that was coming. You can't have this bastion of goodness and not expect similar advances in a common society over a 2000 year period. Surely at some point people other than the mages would learn how to invent plumbing!
Bottom line is that there were just too many foibles within this book to make me do anything by nash my teeth. The author has talent. He keeps things moving along and has created an interesting world, but even for a fantasy world it was just too unbelievable and frustrating.
A word about the reader. Didn't enjoy him at all. Didn't like his voice and didn't like his accents. Regretfully, like other reviewers I found him "pitchy" and whiny. This doesn't help the annoying and frustrating main character.
Not going to listen to the rest of the series. I guess I'm not a fan of fantasy stories.
Totally captivating! It took me a little bit to get into it, and I actually almost returned it because I was having trouble concentrating, but once I got past the first hour or so I was completely and totally hooked and devoured it and its sequel. I'm confident in saying this is going to become a classic. Engaging, likeable characters, a gripping plotline, interesting set up, and beautifully written without being overdone. Well narrated too, with the narrator being able to distinguish between a rich cast of characters. If you like high/epic fantasy, don't miss this one!
I'll surprise you
Categorically yes. I have both read and listened to this book, and I will do so again. Excellent writing, and the narration is the best that I've heard on Audible.com so far.
The swineherd :)
It's a great story and a unique one, but it is told in first person. This Isn't wrong, but it does get to be a little much after 20 some hours of one person's thoughts.
'I think hell’s a fable.' 'Ay,' says Mephistopheles, 'think so still, till experience change thy mind
Good little series. I would absolutely recommend. Still waiting on book three.
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