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)
This is a fun book that cab be captivating at times and draws you in with enough allusion to keep you going. The writing style is the first person account of how a person becomes a hero and legend with a truly excellent performance! My only wish for the book is that it got a little further than the origin/setup story. I am invested now and will see what happens IB book 2.
One extra note on the performance: I cannot emphasize enough how well this book was read/performed, worth listening to just for the performance alone.
I tried listening to this book 5 times. I just kept starting it over and over again each time feelong like i was still missing something. I found it full of conversations between characters but no real background on who was who. I kept thinking wait who are you again? There also wasnt a lot of descriptive imagery about the background or the setting. The few descriptive things were beautifully illustrated but the rest not so much. I guess it felt like id walked in on a story in the middle and couldnt keep up. Maybe i did maybe this series ties into another? Maybe i was just to busy everytime I tried to losten and the gaps were all because i wasnt paying enough attention. Maybe its one of those books where you scratch your head the whole time and then that one chapter comes along and you have the ah ha moment. For me though I gave up trying. Hopefully you'll have better luck. However Im going to try another of the authors books I never like to give up on a writer after one book.
The book seemed interesting the first time, but listening again around 6 months later the story is completely unlistenable. The reader has a boring voice and barely voices any characters distinctly. Also, nothing ever happens! The story just drags on and on and on and on and (seriously it's that bad). I'm sorry Rothfuss, but no one wants to listen for 10 minutes sub-harmonies and completing fingering patterns every time someone touches an instrument! Seriously, like 5 hours worth of story in a 40 hour package
This book currently tops my Top 10 list of my favorite books. Brilliant story, excellent character development, and Nick Podehl is masterful in his reading of the story. Since the premise of the book is Kvothe telling his story, you feel like you are actually sitting in the Waystone Inn with Chronicler and Bast. Can't say enough about it.
This is a well constructed and comprehensively woven world of fantasy. The story kept my attention every moment and actually moved me to react audibly.
Characters and story kept me interested but felt a bit slow. Too many metaphors and beautiful women for my taste-- but kept me from falling asleep at the wheel driving cross-country.
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