Can someone who has read this trilogy opine on whether it is actually any good? (I've heard from JeffJ - anyone else?)
I'm getting close to the end of The Name of the Wind, and I'm going to need more fiction to mix in with Gary Borger's "Presentation."
#37 | POSTED BY MONTECORE AT 2018-08-20 07:42 PM | REPLY
I've read the entire trilogy. I really enjoyed the 1st two books, struggled a bit with the last one (major fantasy turned hard, HARD Sci-Fi, kind of like the Psalms of Isaak series, threw me off a bit). Yes, there is significant historical social commentary and yes it can be applied to society today. Additionally, the author is fairly inclusive regarding some of her characters being members of the LGBT community (usually not in your face, just a comment here, sentence there). For some people, those two things will make or break the series. But overall I enjoyed the story, the magic, and the overall concept.
One of the more unique aspects of the writing was the story telling style. It was more "oral tradition" storytelling rather than usual Sci-Fi or fantasy narrative. This is virtually unheard of in Sci-Fi and Fantasy (at least the books I've read). It took me a few dozen pages to get used to it, but once I did I really enjoyed the series!
Also... Name of the Wind is excellent - one of my favorites. The sequel A Wise Man's Fear is good but not as good as the 1st book. And Rothfuss is never going to write the concluding third book in the trilogy, FYI.