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)
Absolutely one of my favorite books... an excellent adventure and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down, and have since read and listened to it multiple times.
Best book I have read in ages... quite a fluke that I found it- but so glad that I did! Only two problems, first, I can't put it down. Second, I am almost finished with it and that is bittersweet. I am going to miss the characters!
Although I am not in any way a professional critic I do know what I like and I loved this story.
I have listened to it now 3 times and I'll probably listen to it again,I find Kvothe to be a very interesting man and what's more is most all of the supporting characters are very interesting as well.So many stories are so fixated on the main character that they neglect to make the supporting cast interesting as well but,not so with this one,the whole cast is interesting and all seem to have a part to play in making the story complete.I very much do look forward to days 2 and 3 infact I can hardly wait. Jim
Beautifully written with a fascinating mix of storytelling switching seamlessly from third to first person style. An engaging tale that makes the hours fly too quickly. More please.
But when you have to restart it no less than 6 times, SOMETHING is just not clicking here. I usually give a book a chapter to hook me, I couldn't get pass the first 10 minutes. I agree with previous reviewers, the FIRST lesson in creative writing 101 is to get the reader to care. I simply did not care for any of the characters, not one tiny bit. I am extremely disappointed because I enjoyed another of the suggestion on the top 25 best fantasy novels...this shouldn't have even been on the list much less # 3.
This was a great read. From the title, you realize this is the start of a series but there is no sense of excess in the creation of an economy, the presentation of characters or their motivations. I hope the following volumes are as good.
It could have been better. I thought the non linear storytelling did more to hinder than help the overall tale. I understand what the author was trying to do...it was just distracting and pulled me out of an otherwise really strong plot.
The ending was also a bit disappointing. It was one of those to be continued endings. That said I wouldn't hesitate to buy it; it was worth the credit.
I picked this out of curiosity, and fell in love with that universe. The characters are charming, witty, loveable and hate-able. Any fan of fantasy will devour this book.
Nick Podehl is an amazing narrator, managing to bring out the emotion of the book to perfection. He's managed to make me laugh out loud (scaring my family, since I was listening to it on my Ipod) and he has made me cry.
My only bad point about this book, is the main character's constant quest for getting more money. I get it, he needs it to live. But at one point it was getting tedious to always hear him worry about it.
What made me enjoy this story so much were many things. One was the characters. Kvothe and Denna and all the others were all so very real to me. Another was the story itself. The Name of the Wind is so thick with story upon story, you'd think you were reading a literary novel.
What made the audio version of this book so successful for me was the reader. Nick Podehl breathes life into all characters with all the passion of a trooper.
Get this book if you enjoy long, complicated, literary fantasy.
Truly, this book was full of curious ideas and events, but quite a bit of boring detail in between. I wasn't as impressed with it as I had hoped I would be given it's award status, but it may be one of those books that slowly builds up to a phenomenal, complex plot that all of the detail in this one will be so important towards. I gave it a four star because I did enjoy reading it (hey, let's give 'em all awards and send everyone home happy!) and have high hopes for the next one.
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