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)
it first started of slow and was difficult to get through, but once the man character starts telling his story I was caught. there was times I started to listen while I cleaned and ended up just sitting down and listening for 2 hours straight.
This has been on my read list for a while, and I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It holds a firm place in between fantasy and high fantasy (in my opinion). I was a bit unsure of what I was getting into when it started but as it progressed I realized the finer points of the multiple plots. The characters have good depth and even better development, except for a few characters bat are just meant to cause trouble. This really sets up the universe but still leaves a lot of roam to add more, it teases what's to come in such a way where I can't wait to start book 2.
I find it a challenge to pin point what specifically I find so compelling, I just know I will be searching out this author's work for years to come. Thus far, the two descriptors I can pluck are bold humility and master craftsman.
I enjoyed the story overall however it was about 12 hours of story in a 20+ hour book. Took a few hours to get into it, though the story isn't all that complex. I'll still read the next in the series, as I feel I have invested so much time into a tale that is only beginning.
Lefted feeling lost without the story to listen to.
I have many questions, hopefully they will be answered if I can have patience.
Narrater was very well versed in dialect. multi faceted.
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