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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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Samuel Chase, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Samuel Chase)
This book is a must read for any one who appreciates or would like to explore Fantasy/Adventure books.
It is an enjoyable well written piece of art.
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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.
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Heidi, April 8, 2014 (view all comments by Heidi)
I can't say enough about how amazing this book is; epic fiction at its finest. If you're done with Game of Thrones and looking for something to fill the void, this will become your new obsession.
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Amanda L Klehr, March 27, 2014 (view all comments by Amanda L Klehr)
It has been a long time since I have found a fantasy book I so thoroughly enjoyed that I found myself feeling the same emotions as the characters. Rothfuss' story-telling is compelling and exciting. The development of Kvothe's character is at times sad, deep and joyous. The structure of stories-within-stories of the novel is never dull or confusing. Rothfuss paints a world of dangers and wonders that is definitely worth the read. I look forward to picking up the second and third of this series!
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ISBN:
9780756404741
Author:
Rothfuss, Patrick
Publisher:
Daw Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
The Broken Empire
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
6.79x4.16x1.59 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 736 pages Daw Books - English 9780756404741 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "[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)"
"Review" by , "A rare and great pleasure."
"Review" by , "Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed 'autobiography' of a hero is highly recommended."
"Review" by , "This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Refreshingly nimble and off-beat...a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic."
"Review" by , "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!"
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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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