Updated: Jan 11
“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I 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 day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.”
This could be the best fantasy book I've ever read, and will quite possibly remain as my top one for a long time. Perhaps my favorite book ever? A literature masterpiece?
From the beginning I was sucked into this world created by Patrick Rothfuss. I spent the next four days rearranging my schedule. I'm taking a short break before I read The Wise Man's Fear. If for no other reason than this; no one seems to know when the third book will be published.
There are so many things to love about this book. It is intelligently written. The writing lends itself to suspense. The story is fun. The protagonist is believable, fallible, yet a formable character you would not want to cross. Actually, the story at times is mundane, now that I think about it. But I could not stop reading. I know that is weird. I’m struggling with this review. Words fail me in my attempt to express my love for this book.
This is medieval magic. It is wizards verses gods and villains. It is story-telling at it's best. Don't expect this to compare to other epic fantasies, or you might miss the point. Take this for what it is; an amazing story about a world that is unique from other great writers of the genre.
Most of all; sit back and enjoy.