17 Jul

This is a story within a story, and not suited to the taste of most readers. The language is a drawl and the story told is slow. The teller is true to his tune, however, some of the idioms used by this author are modern-day, and fail to communicate the feel of an epic fantasy set in Arthurian days.

This is a story about Kvothe (pronounced Quoth), told in first-person narration, and interestingly enough merges into third-person without segue. Like I said, this type of writing style is an acquired taste and takes some getting used to.

“My name is Kvothe. 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 the day. I have talked to Gods, loved woman, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.”

………….. thus begins the tale

While I liked this book, I had to re-read it just to catch the nuances I missed during my first go-around. There is just too much noise. But, if you’ve a mind to ignore a few writing foibles, and tune out the racket inside all the laborious details, then I think you’ll like this book. Well, you’ll like Kvothe.

The Kingkiller Chronicle (trilogy)
Daw Books, April 2008 soft cover

(day one) 662 pages


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