This book had me hooked from the first page. Rothfuss has a great narrative style, easy to read, but... different. In a good way. The overall story of TNOTW has been called "Harry Potter, the college years" and that wouldn't be too inaccurate. The first part of Kvothe's life details his early years, and the second half of the book takes place at the University, a place of higher learning for magic. Speaking of, the magic system is interesting, combining elements of alchemy and psychology in addition to the old "magic missile!" style D&D magic. The world is huge, but we get the feeling of following a small character with a narrow worldview. I think that is intentional to contrast with the all-knowing hero Kvothe will become. The secondary characters are great, and even the nameless ones are well defined and easily remembered. The emotion is what really got to me. Kvothe's early story is a little worn, but written in a way that makes you care about his family and sadness, compassion when they are gone. Yes, there are some that REALLY don't like this book. Their arguments are usually: too slow (not valid after the first 50 pages), Kvothe cares too much about money (if you've ever been truly poor, you'll know why), and the dragon was dumb (personally I thought a realistic take on a dragon was refreshing). I will admit that I really don't like having to wait 2 years past the original publish date for the second book. That's just lame. Otherwise, outstanding first novel.
An awfull book. The story moves slow, without evolution on the main character (only worried about money). Looks more like a transcription for a Role playing game than a novel. Sudently i remember why i stoped reading fantasy books.
"The tale of Kvothe, 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 bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages, you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But this book is so much more, for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend"--From publisher description.