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Publisher's Summary

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during the day. I have talked to God's, loved women and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me."

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.


My Review

Date Started: 5/21/2017 | Date Finished: 5/26/2017

This is about a small boy who loses everything and begins a quest to solve the mystery that people have tried to answer for ages and left it up to fairytales and ancient songs made up by ancestors of long ago. This boy is not just your everyday cut of the mill farmer or pack mule, he grew up being trained in the fine arts of alchemy, the medica, and other sciences, he tries everything he can to maintain his studies in the University while also trying to keep his secret quest alive to find the mythical Chandrean who killed his family.But this story isn't told in the present but is chronicled in the future as fairytales told from the mind of a innkeeper just trying to entertain his patrons. But something happens that brings the danger from his past back to reality. "Someone has been singing the wrong song"

Story: Grade | B

A phrase did speak out to me,Because it perfectly explains the escape is a mentality of book readers and the reason why we read books."That's why stories appeal to us, they give us the simplicity and clarity our real lives lack." This story was actually full of interesting philosophical elements that were the ultimate reason why I stuck with it. For example, the idea that simple names actually possess power over things which can be exampled by simply saying a person's name and watching their reaction

It really took me awhile to get into this book and understand what was going on. I think this is one of the reasons why I have trouble with fantasy. I am able to grasp realistic elements and events, and since fantasy is so steeped in the unbelievable that it's really hard for me to understand since I cannot relate or tie it with something not abstract. In this case I wasn't sure if the character was telling a story, retelling events that happened in their own life or what. So I was thrown for a loop for quite a bit of the book.

Narration: Grade | A

Great control of a vast array of accents ranging from deep Russian to thick Irish. He was able to easily shift from one to the other quite well. I was quite impressed with Irish accent because it was so thick and believable. There wasn't however much of a difference between his regular voice and his higher pitched voice for female characters. Definitely a person I would listen to books just because he was reading it to me..

Overall Grade | B-

This was quite a long book, and so it took a bit of time for me to let loose of my pre-existing assumptions of what a fantasy is supposed to be like. After I just let the book be what it is, I finally began to enjoy it and was disappointed when it was finally over. It surely saves a lot of the good stuff for the end. I am definitely not going to waste any time starting the next book so that I don't lose a single thing going into the next part.


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