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 really loved this book. It is a work of fantasy, but it is not too over the top. The characters are all very human. It is very well performed as well by the narrator. His voice fits the characters of this book and he is easy to understand and a pleasure to listen to. Overall it is just a very nice listen.
I wasn't sure if it was going to feed just ok crappy for a good book but it caught my attention from the very first chapter I am in the process of downloading the second one as I write this I recommended all fans of JRR Tolkien Brandon Sanderson Robert Jordan Robert Heinlein enjoy
I enjoy the characters and the arcanum magic. Kvoth is impulsive but wonderful.
I listened to it a second time so the story would be fresh for book two. can't wait for more!
Funny, interesting, great!
Kvothe, as it may be an obvious choice, I loved how the character reactions were not as in other books a "master", like all, Kvothe had to learn the hard way, with the kingkiller Chronicle I felt the difference of a book with characters which youth was not like if they knew exactly what and how to do, Kvothe had doubts, he messed up big time, and I felt related to human relations where you had no idea how to react, opposite to other books where way too many descriptions of lip biting are used as description of the human interaction, instead of going thru the actually interesting part of human relationships, this book does that very well.
It took me about 2 months to read the first 18 chapters but then it happened. Needless to say I finished the rest of the 75+ chapters in about a week. This is the one of those books where you get strongly emotionally attached to the character. I laughed at his occasional stupidity and raised my hands up to the sky's pleading for someone to help him. Marking as one of my favorites.
The beginning was quite sluggish and hard to get into, but I am glad to have stuck with this book. The book has a lot of character development and I think it is what makes this book so good at the end. Do yourself a favor and listen to it!
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