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)
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.
Narrator is great. Story is good. I kept waiting for a passionate feeling to be evoked. It was pleasant enough. I hope to learn more about Denna in the following books because otherwise what exactly was her purpose other than filler.
love everything about this series except the authors lack of motivation to continue the story in a timely manner. may have to just write it off as no longer interested like game of thrones.
didn't really pick up until well into the book. I am not sure if this made the book better in the end but it was definitely worth hanging in there early on. The emotions came across strong and left me wanting more.
This is one of the best books I've enjoyed in a long time. Fantastic story telling and character development. The narrative flows perfectly and the world Rothfuss creates is mysterious and wonderful. Highly recommended.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
I could only make it about 3/4 of the way through. The voice actor was flat and unconvincing. He has a good tone to his voice and reads clearly but his ability to express emotion is nill. As for the book itself, I purchased it because of the many good reviews from friends and online which made it sound worth my while. I was enthralled all the way up until Kvothe attended University, at which point the book fizzled out into boring predictability. Since the book takes place mostly as a flashback as told by the narrator about himself, we are set up with an expectation of how this man became such an amazing and powerful magician/wizard Kvothe with a dubious reputation, which, sadly, does not seem to follow through. A story about a guy who possesses amazing abilities who can do no wrong - wows everyone all the time, even the ladies, is a recipe for a yawn.
Listening to audio books whenever I am not around humans. Which is actually very very often.
A tiny bit slow but packed with lots of great emotion, awesome writing and incredible character development. Left me excited to learn more about the mystical story!
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