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)
Nick Podehl is the voice of Kvothe. He gives an amazing performance. The real credit has to go to Patrick Rothfuss though. I've read this book several times and just can't express enough how it gets better every time. There is always something new that you hear some piece of foreshadowing or hint dropped that you missed all the other times. Can't wait for book 3!
This is actually the third (I think) time I've read Name of the Wind, though the first audiobook. I enjoy Rothfuss's work a lot, and I certainly loved Podehl's performance.
Auri will always be my favorite -- strange and fey and absolutely compelling.
I think it has to be Willem. The narration made me crack up in the happiest way.
All of the scenes where Kvothe's parents interacted made me want to laugh and cry at the same time -- what a lovely couple, and just. spoilers. hnnnngh.
Be prepared: Kvothe is a Gary Stu in many ways. Nonetheless, he is compelling in the way that well-drawn Gary Stus are frequently compelling.
A good story with clever and in depth explanation of magic, however it could have been about five or six hours shorter. Certain bits about his childhood stretched for no reason, and when he blabbers on about Denna, it's borderline insufferable. Not entirely sure I will continue with the second book (40 something hours iirc), despite a solid story.
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