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.
©2009 DAW Trade; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“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)
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
The book is terribly long and detailed, especially with things that do not concern the main plot. There are many inconsistencies within the plot itself, that could be prevented with a simple prood reading. On the top of that the main character is unusually similar to another main character, made very popular in recent years. It could easily last less than 6 hours with no important losses to the storyline.
Below are some examples of inconsistencies that I mentioned before
* They have germ theory but no one ever heard about a microscope
* Some heroic acts of the main character became urban myths although those same acts were never witnessed by anyone.
* The book is basically a recollection, but the speaker can remember not only the exact words people said over a span of five or more years, but what they were wearing and the weather and everything else.
About the eerie similarities with another fictional character, I'm not going to say which character is but both of them had:
* Their parents killed by their arch-enemies
* Both were marked by that experience and the main plot revolves around it.
* Both went to a school of magic
* Both were prodigies with their skills
* Both had a minor enemy which was a petulant rich kid.
Any ideas of who this character might be?
To preface this review, I will simply say that I have read ALL (or most) of the classics and the newest works of art in this category...I am a fan. I researched high and low, read all of the reviews, and at long last settled on this mess. I started it, and deleted it almost immediately. A few months later, I was drawn back again (due to the reviews) and gave it a second try. I wish there was an option for zero or negative stars!
I have written and erased a review for this book several times, and I just can't seem to do justice to how simply AWFUL this book was. Perhaps it's because of the sheer perplexity of why anyone would consider this to be one of the best new works in the genre in recent memory (as stated in some reviews here) ...or perhaps I simply cannot put into the proper words why I despised this read so much.
I wanted to stop reading this book (again) VERY early on, and forced myself to continue due to the overwhelming positive feedback it has received and the fact that this was my second try with this title. I will make my review brief and honest.
The writing is choppy, plot lines are unimaginative, and the dialog belongs in YA fiction. The lead characters (I stress plural) are obnoxious and posses seemingly EVERY solution to every problem they have ever or will ever face. If I have to hear this overbearing Kvothe tell me why he doesn't have the time to explain to me why I can't fathom or understand his perspective because I'm simply not smart or special enough one more time...I felt like I was a kindergartener being talked down to by an ivy league professor who simply had no time to tell me his story and was annoyed that I couldn't be on his level. This is THE WORST and MOST OBNOXIOUS lead character I have ever come across, hands down. I still can't believe I talked myself into finishing this, I deserve a medal or something.
Read all of the reviews if you wish, they sucked me in too...but believe when I tell you to trust me, do yourself a favor and skip this story...you'll never get the 25 or so hours back
May I suggest a few clearly superior options:
Blood Song Book #1 (Anthony Ryan)...quite simply, the best I've ever read
Stormlight Archive #1 & #2...both great reads, can't wait for #3
Any of the Theft of Swords series...characters the way they should be written
Hope this helps, happy reading
However between this book and the next Devi becomes Davey for some reason. I would say Podehl could work on his femenine vocies but i dont know if i could really hold it against him.
I was looking for post Game of thrones reading. I liked the main character. Took me a while to get attached to him. Can't say that the other characters are intriguing. Definitely well performed.
Report Inappropriate Content