My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Finally writing a review for this!
I’ll be dead honest: I kind of forgot that I’d said I would. I know, I know, I know…but I just eat straight on to Wise Man’s Fear and that was that!
So, let’s review.
This book is spectacular. Truly spectacular.
From the characters, to the richly-imagined world — complete with all sorts of different monetary and coinage systems — to the sense that it’s all building up to a pivotal moment (or two) which have been teased right from the start of the series.
Part of the “conceit” — for lack of a better term — of this series is that it’s told as a massive flashback. It is the story of Kvothe, from Kvothe himself. You can’t help but wonder: just how reliable is our narrator? Does he embellish? Does he flat-out lie? These questions gnawed at the back of my mind at first, but the more I got sucked into the story, the more I shoved them aside and just said: be quiet and let me enjoy the story.
I love the plethora of dynamic characters, especially the wide-array of well-developed female characters which was, admittedly, something I was not expecting when I started this book.
I both read and listened to this book, eventually falling back exclusively into the audiobook because, given the nature of the narrative construction, this book works phenomenally well as an oral piece. The narrator was fantastic and is currently the only way I want to digest the series because he has become the voice of Kvothe for me.