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The Kingkiller Chronicles


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This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bi...

  • Author: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Publish Date: 2009-04-07
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    Best Worldbuilding(Ranked 5 out of 16)

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    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Series
    By: Anonymous
    2013-05-02 12:46:29

    Two books so far, the first one is awesome, the second one is good too, waiting on third.

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Series
    By: Scott B.
    2014-08-03 03:36:33

    I really loved the first book, but only liked the second. I have high hopes for last book, but my fear is he is going to fall short of expectations given how far off the second boom was in quality from the first book.

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    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful
    By: Laura
    2014-08-16 08:58:50

    Entertaining, but the main character is soooo unreallistic that at times even becomes unrelatable. One gets tired of him always excelling at everything: he's not just a very talented musician, but literally makes people cry when they listen to his music; he's the most powerful magician; he's a ladies magnet; he is super clever; he's physically fit and a great fighter...uuugg
    Kvothe does not only does everything well, he does it like nobody else has done it before... it's too simplistic and it gets boring after a while. It's very hard not to see the protagonist as an imaginary projection of a very egocentric personality, no offense to the author intended.
    Do not expect any complex characterizations in these novels. In spite of what most people seem to believe and repeat everywhere, this series is miles away from Martin or Tolkien. It's enternaining, period.
    I apologize for any grammar mistakes, english is not my native language.

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-04-27 05:32:10

    I totally agree with you. The book was a easy read but I was hugely dissapoined after all the hype about it. There is no complex, intricate schemes, no great world world building or multi dimensional characters as reviews lead me to believe. It started out good but after that one let down after another. He kills a few spider monsters which is not even explicit and kill a dragon. I was expecting a grand scale plot like ASOIAF where so much is going on but are inner connected. Example, The Starks and Lannisters feud that explodes. Ned becoming The Hand of the King at Catelyn urging lead by Her sister suspicion that leads to many events from Catelyn kidnapping Tyrion to Ned getting executed only to find out Littlefinger set everything into motion. An intrigue so complex that it leads to many adventures with so many out comes. But nope, simple predictable plot. Even the world is overrated. Nothing special or remarkable that excites you and make you want to google everything about it. Example, WoT, where you can travel to different dementions, enter people and even die there or human enemies and creatures that you never know when they'll pop up. Yes I know it's a realistic based fantasy but Martin did it. At times I love pre-ASOIAF world more than one that the story takes place. Like the doom of Vylaria, dance of the dragons and most of all the Tourney at Harrenhal and Tower of Joy. Maybe I'm expecting too much. That I read the best first so anything after ASOIAF will only disappoint. But all these raving reviews for so many TNtW, First Law, The Warded Man and The Way of Kings baffles me to no end because some have a good magic system but lack character depth or have too simple a plot for me. Maybe fantasy is not for me and I need to go back to reading Sidney Shelton, Catherine Coulter FBI series and Steve Berry mystery novels.

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-07-21 07:19:57

    Ridiculous comment, if you have focused on what the whole book is about you would not feel this way. First of all this issue of him excelling at everything was presented by Abenthy to his parents in the beginning of the book, suggesting that there is a reason that he excels at everything. Secondly, while he does excel at everything he does he is far from perfect. You can see this clearly in the fact that he always wants to uphold his pristine reputation so his enemies think they can't hurt him. Suggesting that the real him can easily be hurt and has survived thus far because of his intelligence and persistence. In addition to all of this if you really read the books you can see that Kvothe is fundamentally broken and has a side that is dark as all hell, which is understandable since he saw his whole troupe murdered and can't tell anyone about it. All this just goes to show that Kvothe is far from the perfect storybook hero, he just seems that way and that is what him telling Chronicler the story is all about. Finally telling the truth behind all the stories. Showing the real him. The insecure, scared, reckless and sometimes foolish Kvothe that has only survived for so long because of his great talent and his ability to excel at anything he tries.In my opinion The Kingkiller Chronicle is far superior to A Song of Ice and Fire and far more entertaining.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful
    By: Anonymous
    2015-09-01 12:08:39

    You have to remember that Kvothe's narration is very biased. He is a great story teller and an arrogant showman, of course he'll present himself in a flattering way. Also, due to the nature of the narration, expecting deep multi-layered profiles in other characters is a bit unrealistic. That would make him a mind reader as well. Kvothe plays to his strengths but not his weaknesses. We know he's not that much of a mathematician, for example. It is very clear that he's far from the greatest swordsman.

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    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful
    By: Sc0tty
    2016-02-29 04:24:47

    I've listened to and gifted 3 copies of both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear narrated by Nick Podehl. His performance is superior. I haven't heard the narrator that you have recommended, but Podehl, as I've said, is superior for this book.

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    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful
    By: Anonymous
    2016-03-31 10:38:13

    This series is full of blatant sexism - the female characters fall flat and most of them want to sleep with Kvothe. Book two is jam packed with pointless sex scenes that add nothing to the story, nor further the plot at all. It's a disappointing, disgusting, and borderline dangerous portrayal of women.

    Additionally, the language is rudimentary. The same words are used over and over, sometimes even the same phrases. It gets boring quickly. The pace of the story is wishy washy, with Kvothe skipping over legitimately interesting things, while dragging on about completely irrelevant ones.

    The base line of the story is good, but it was wasted on Rothfuss. He took a great potential and turned it into drivel placating the male ego.

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful
    By: Anonymous
    2016-10-21 10:06:08

    I do not understand why people like this book.
    It is booooooooring.
    All the book one hopes that something interesting is soon going to happen but then nothing happens.

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