spaggis, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by spaggis)
Patrick Rothfuss' first novel is amazing. While being a fantasy tale set in an imaginary land, the telling of the story is very concrete. You can almost feel the stones on your own feet as Rothfuss describes Kvothe running through the streets of town barefoot. This is a fantastic example of character development. While some of the periphery characters may seem two-dimensional, Kvothe almost steps out of the pages of the book, sits down next to you, and continues some long-halted conversation with you. And while it plays out like a memoir, you never feel like you're being let down, never bored by what's happening, even when the action is the seaming doldrums of day-to-day life. And this is just book one! Highly recommended!
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Ashley Koznek, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Ashley Koznek)
10 stars! Epic doesn't even begin to describe this amazing debut novel. 13 years in the making, Id say he did a fantastic job! Patrick Rothfuss IS the new Tolkien. I cannot wait for the next book - The Wise Mans Fear.
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Jillian, November 23, 2008 (view all comments by Jillian)
I picked this up on a whim and couldn't have been more pleased, the story is well written and surprisingly easy to follow while remaining complex and engaging. I recommend it to those who enjoyed Harry Potter and those who didn't each I'm sure will find it worth their time.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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. Kvothe ('pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe' '), the hero and villain of a thousand tales who's presumed dead, lives as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under an assumed name. Prompted by a biographer called Chronicler who realizes his true identity, Kvothe starts to tell his life story. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe of magicians, jugglers and jesters, the Edema Ruh, to feral child on the streets of the vast port city of Tarbean, then his education at 'the University,' Kvothe is driven by twin imperatives — his desire to learn the higher magic of naming and his need to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. 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) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal (Starred Review),
"Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed 'autobiography' of a hero is highly recommended."
"Writers like George R.R. Martin and Gene Wolfe are old hands at revitalizing old tropes...but Rothfuss sets out to retell what should be the most familiar tale of all, in the most familiar mode (the triple-decker). Remarkably, he does make it fresh again....So bring on volume two!"
by Terry Brooks,
"The Name of the Wind marks the debut of a writer we would all do well to watch. Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology. (Grade: A-)"
Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Mans Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
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