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)
The Name of the Wind is an engrossing story spun with elements of fantasy, not a fantasy framework decorated with a few plot details. I have strayed from the young boy grows up hard and alone and develops into a great hero type stories because so many of them are painfully cliche. This feels different because you actually care about the characters. And for the curious, and aren't all fantasy fans deeply curious at heart, Rothfuss goes into just enough detail describing the unique science, technology and magic that you get the detailed descriptions you're craving while avoiding getting buried in minutiae. I'm looking forward to continuing Kvothe's story.
I'm not sure how much I liked the expositional flashback narrative, but all in all it wasn't distracting enough to detract from the engaging story and likable characters.
This is a very rambling life story. I kept wondering what the point was and where this was going, but yet I was engaged the whole time. It is all believable and interesting and engrossing. I just can't grasp the author's point. Novels are usually ABOUT something, be it struggle, enduring, the quest, good will triumph, friendship, revenge..... But I don't see that here. I love the people and the rules of magic here. I love the narration. Where are we going?
Nick Podehl's narration is fantastic! Such voices! He made it so good that I didn't care where we were going, just take me along!
We can forget the sound of our own voice. This story reminds us to rekindle the spark of the person deep inside and perhaps long forgotten.
Story-telling with Mystic fantasy. The start of a journey that leads to me wanting to read the next in the series .
I've been enjoying and finished the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn (CIA/Spy thriller). This was something quite different and certainly not as fast paced , but enjoyable enough to keep me listening when I should be doing something else.
A few slow bits thankfully so felt fine leaving story then . Very good work by the Reader on different accents.
A fun entertaining book. great vices voices by the narrator . Enjoyable story line with some one- liners that will rival the Princes Bride and Guardians of the Galaxy
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