The first novel in an amazing series – when I read this novel I knew it would quicky become one of my favourites. I knew after I read this novel, I would have to write a review because everyone needs to read this novel.
Goodreads Rating: 4.55/5
Pages: 662 pages
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1
Published: March 27th, 2007
Publisher: Penguin Group DAW
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
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I am such a big fan of this novel. The storyline of this novel was mindblowing – the concept was one that I’d never encountered before and I was thoroughly pleased that I finally began this novel.
I have to say that it was very hard for me to put this novel down – despite having many other things to do.
I think my favourite aspect of this novel was watching Kvothe grow up right before my eyes and being able to follow him in every journey he goes on. That being said – his time in the University are by far the best. I think this was the aspect of his life that I saw the most growth in Kvothe.
Despite the University section of the novel being my favourite – Kvothe’s time with the trope and as a homeless orphan were also incredibly facinating reads (basically the entire novel…).
I’d like to point out that there is a bit of romance in this novel, and I did not enjoy it. The leading lady of the romance was horrid and I didn’t understand Kvothe’s facination with her and I didn’t understand why he didn’t realize she wasn’t for him! I’m really hoping that Kvothe learns what’s best for him and dumps her in the next novel, because having her be a big part of the next novel will be a huge bummer!
Kvothe as a character was so well written – he was powerful and witter and caring and everything inbetween. Additionally, the way that he handles himself in situations that are less than ideal is very admirable. You see Kvothe go through all of the things a normal kid goes through – but those changes are amplified due to the experiences Kvothe has gone through.
All in all I loved this novel. It was an amazing first novel to this series and I’m delighted that I still have one book on my shelf to read from this world – and another one on the way (who knows when). Alongside a small short story that follows a side character.
Please, please, please everyone read this novel. You will never regret it, not for one minute.
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