Originally Posted by queentess
I've never managed to make it through Tolkien, despite several attempts, so I can't compare. I read this book in March, and here's a portion of what I wrote:
So I have to agree with you on the Harry Potter for adults
Or perhaps Wizard of Earthsea (if that book weren't so one-dimensional).
I grew a bit tired of how Kvothe was always trying to find tuition money, but frankly, I spent a great deal of my time as a college student with similar issues, so it resonated with me.
The part that's killing me: where are the scrael?! These nasty little buggers drew me in during the first part of the book, and they haven't (yet) been heard from. I want to know more about the scrael!
After finishing Kingkiller 1, I promptly read Kingkiller 2 and loved it as well. The only negative thing I have to say about book 2 is that there's an extended scene in the fairy world that doesn't fit the flow of the narrative at all, and it draaaaags
. But despite the poor pacing in that one area, the second book was also a solid and enjoyable read.
I purchased the second book, but haven't gone around to reading it. Funny thing is, I keep hearing about the (sex-filled?) scene in the fairy world - you are not the only one who thinks it drags, apparently.
And yes, I am curious about the scrael. I think that's the strong point of the story - and it's sadly undeveloped in the first book.
And I am convinced the author had tuition-money problems as well. He clearly has a chip on his shoulder
To some extent, it seems to me this book had the potential to be truly epic - but it needed a couple more revisions and possibly a serious editor. There are just some edges to be smoothed, the basic ingredients are there - and the writing is not bad, for fantasy standards.
I am glad I read it, will keep reading the series. But I am not enthusiastic.