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 unique writing style and character depiction.
The level of detail was great without ever seeming tedious.
When I listen, I feel like I am actually reliving the story with the characters rather than listening to a reading.
Please, keep writing!
I read this book a while back after hearing a bit of an interview with the author. I've been trying to come up with the most honest eye catching review that was ever written so that everyone with any love for fantasy would give it a try. In doing so, they will find a treasure like no other that has ever been put to paper. I read it twice and am buying it in this form so i can listen to this young man read it....i simply can't wait!! Yes i am writing this review before even listening lol its that good!!! Don't miss out just because i didn't take the time to dot all my i's and cross all my t's! This series is one that will stay with you for years to come...
Love Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, C.S. Friedman and Sanderson. Also especially like Clive Barker and am trying to get into the Foundation
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Reschi - main character, lots of depth and back story.
Not if I can help it.
The death of the main characters family and troop.
Stay away from any book Nick Podehl is narrating. He is absolutely awful and if the story wasn't so good I would have stopped listening to book after the first chapter.
Not big on writing reviews but this one surely merits the exception.
Brilliant approach to an amazing story filled colorful characters (each with their own integrity) and a beautiful backdrop with a world that comes to life as the story unfolds. Attention to detail and style of presentation make for a fully immersible and totally enjoyable story.
The reader adds his own layer of excellence with perfect delivery that goes way beyond merely reading the words.
While there may be a few PG-13 concepts or implications I would not hesitate recommending this story to anyone old enough to grasp the depth of the story.
I just loved it this book, as well as the next one. I'm anxiously awaiting the third one.
First off, I was hesitant to get this title because both the description and audio sample sounded boring and formulaic. I'm so glad I ignored them in favor of the positve reviews.
I am an escapist and I really enjoy a good fantasy; it's really a bonus if it's a series. This saga has a marvelous balance of humor, suspense, uniqueness, and fascination. The characters are likeable and interesting. The writing style was just perfect for me. Although some descriptions were verging on corny at times, I can forgive that because it had so many other good points. It was just a fabulous story all around.
I wasn't sure about the narrarator at first. He's a good reader but he has a young contemporary sounding voice that just doesn't have the weight that I'm used to for this genre. However, I really came to appreciate him. His different character voices are distinctive, he is consistent, and he reads "between" the lines very well - he seems to put appropriate inflection or emotion into things. After listening to many books I've learned not to take these qualities for granted in a narrarator.
It was a wonderful tale that really swept me away. I didn't want it to end and I still carry the characters in my imagination. Thank goodness there's another book after this, and there should be at least one more released in the future.
I recommend this book to anyone who says they like fantasy. It is well written, and done so in a first person literary style that you don't see much of these days.
The characters. They grab at you on an emotional level.
Going to have to get back to you on this one I am writing this review months after listening to the book.
Yes! In fact, I very nearly did.
I can't believe I wasted credits on this! Narrator good, plot seemed good--seemed--but somehow despite all the action there is lack of any emotional progress or character development. There is no inner conflict, no man vs. self or society, not struggle. It completely turns out as you might expect, especially if you are familiar with sociopaths.
The main character is a talented young man who demonstrates some "grit" when young, but turns out to be just another lucky, skilled, successful sociopath, who rationalized every rule he breaks and does not feel guilt or true remorse about doing so. From the beginning, he is out for himself, and breaks whatever rules he feels he needs to break to help himself achieve his goals. I did not notice any character transformation, except perhaps that he gets more smug as he gets older. There are plenty of close calls, but somehow they are not exciting, and the character doesn't really learn anything from the close calls.
The world the author created was interesting, it's just that there is no tension whatsoever. The author did an okay job. I can listen to ANYTHING, usually multiple times, and I could not even finish this one! ZZzzzzz......
The story is interesting. The main character is interesting. There are enough twists to keep you anxious.
Like most books, this had parts that seemed to slow down though I didn't feel like I would need to put the story down because of it. Brandon Sanderson seems to be the only other that I have found that doesn't seem to drag the story out at all. Don't get me wrong, this was good and so was the sequel. I'm anxious to listen to the third.
I very much enjoyed listening to this book. I always enjoy stories with magic and mystery. This one does a great job of mixing the two in just the right amounts. The magic adds to the story without overpowering it and the mystery keeps you guessing and wanting more. Overall it's a good listen. I'm excited to listen to the next book and I'm sure I'll keep en eye out for the 3rd book to be released.
Yes. Patrick Rothfuss has done a great job crafting a new fantasy world and created a great set of interesting characters to love and hate.
The story is well paced with just the right amount of interesting folklore/history included to provide the reader with an understanding of the world in which the story takes place.
A great intro to what should turn out to be a great series.
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