Anne-Marie, February 20, 2015 (view all comments by Anne-Marie)
The beginnings of a fantastic epic tale, the likes of which I haven't found in a while. Characters that you fall in love with, cheer for, ache for, others you despise and want to see fail. A world that you can see and smell, the descriptions are that good. If you like a good story, that will captivate you, this is it. It will keep you up late reading.....
neocheddar, October 29, 2014 (view all comments by neocheddar)
You need this book in your life. Really. Even if you don't read fantasy, this is a book that will change your mind. It's adventure, humor, music, love, friendship. And even though its a humongous book, it's actually written with economy. It's good. Really good. Buy it used if you don't want to take that much of a plunge. And get sucked in.
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yarnarchy, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by yarnarchy)
I am slightly embarrassed to admit how much I love this series. When choosing a book in the Fantasy genre, one often comes across two types of books. Some are humorous and move along at a decent pace but are often so....dorky...that I spend more time wincing than absorbing; and if one finds something with a bit more substance, there is usually the burden of memorizing several pages of genealogy and a couple of maps, to say nothing of the Wagnerian quality. This series is just the right combination of cleverness and humor, of intrigue and coming of age, both accessible and epic.
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too little space, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by too little space)
What a great story. Even though this is only the "first third" of the tale, and one that is already a large tome all on its own, it reads like a thriller and you just keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. This is a "story within a story" and written as if you actually have knowledge of all the laws of physics for a nonexistant land...that is familiar but different and more ancient than our own. I can only hope the next book(s) live up to the first.
"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 The Onion AV Club,
"[Q]uite simply the best fantasy novel of the past 10 years....[O]ne of the best stories told in any medium in a decade....[Rothfuss's] debut novel combines the intricate stories-within-stories structure of The Arabian Nights with the academic setting of the Harry Potter series, and transforms it all into a brooding, thoroughly adult meditation on how heroism went wrong. (Grade: A)"
by Ursula K. LeGuin,
"A rare and great pleasure."
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."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology. (Grade: A-)"
by The San Francisco Chronicle,
"Refreshingly nimble and off-beat...a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic."
"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 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."
A high-action novel written with a poet's hand, this brilliant debut fantasy by Patrick Rothfuss is a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through a riveting first-person narrative that allows the reader to "become" the hero.
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