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)
I wanted to love this story, and while it was beautifully written and read, I couldn't help but feeling like this was some "coming of age" story mixed with a depressed old man's tale. Neither is particularly fun to sit with for an extended period of time.
Don't misunderstand, the author tells a great story in an entertaining fashion, but I found myself wishing for some more... I don't know... mature material when it came to how situations were handled or where one's mindset was. I feel perhaps if one continued with the series, perhaps this may develop more pleasantly, but I personally am having a hard time taking the leap of faith for fear of more of the same.
A fun listen, good writing style, excellent performance, just for younger adults in my mind.
Yes. To start with, I'd cut out half the words and introduce a plotline.
The last one in the book.
Yes. I will not buy another Rothfuss book.
I tend to like these sorts of quest books. Unfortunately, this one read like the author tried to stitch together parts of several similar books into a sort of Frankenstein's monster of a quest book. For people who like quest books, I recommend Robert Silverberg's Lord Valentine series.
If you want to listen to this title this is the version to choose. It is done in one whole part rather than bits and pieces. Great sorry! Love you work Patrick!
This was a really good story but it felt drawn out at points and I've got to wonder at some of the high praise this story gets. It could have been more condensed and told just as much as it did. I'm hopeful for the series. There are some lively characters and an interesting world but I really felt like this story went nowhere. I know it is suppose to be a series but when did we forget that each individual book should still be a story unto itself?
I was tired of reading over and over how poor the characters finances are. The dialogue with his love interest was too schmaltzy. It made me want to vomit. It was like that Seinfeld episode. "No your the schmoopy"
I've given this series a few read and listen throughs now and everytime I do I find something new. Patrick, you have made a beautiful thing here and I look forward to reading the third book.
With all the stellar reviews, I couldn't resist giving this a try. After all, I was in the mood for an epic fantasy. I loved Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Harry Potter so I thought this would be a good one. I was wrong. I gave this book 5 chapters of my time and I'm done. I just don't care about any of the characters. There were a couple of interesting events but nothing to pull me in. I didn't find anything humorous or intriguing. The characters didn't have any special skills or attributes. Nothing captured me. So, I figured if you can't pull me in within 5 chapters, I'm moving on.
Narrator was good; no issue there. It seems most others really like this book but it just isn't my cup of tea. Oh well, moving on.
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