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Chronicler dipped his pen and Kvothe looked down at his folded hands for as long as it takes to draw three deep breaths.
Then he began to speak.
After a run of epic fantasy novels that didn't really impress me, I picked this up, the last of my Christmas presents, noted with dismay that the last page was numbered 662, sighed and started reading.

But in fact I really really enjoyed it. For once, the world-building and languages worked for me; the coming-of-age story of the disguised magician hero had some new wrinkles; the university setting of much of the book has of course echoes of other fantasy educational establishments, but remains very much its own; and basically, Kvothe as a character engaged my interest and I needed to find out what happened next. And having reached page 662, I still want to know what happens next, and will get more books in the series in order to find out.


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May. 16th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I know, right? I too was happy that Rothfuss has got the page-turning talent going, or I probably wouldn't have been able to finish the book.

What did you think of the frame? It's presented so briefly it's more of a taunt than a tease, some felt (in my book group). We all want to know more about the present day too, not just the past....
May. 18th, 2013 10:38 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this one too, and the book that follows. Unfortunately I have to wait longer to find out what happens.

Have you read the Gentleman Bastard series? That has excellent world-building and characters as well, but is also in progress.
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