The King Slayer ChroniclesIf you are looking for a new fantasy book to read the "King Slayer Chronicles" is better than most others and is done in a completely different way. The two books that have so far been written, "Name of the Wind" and "Wise Man's Fear" are of substantial length, and will take a day or two of dedicated reading to finish each. By dedicated I mean aside from eating and sleeping, it will be all you do.The blunt books are written from the perspective of the main character, Kvoethe as he retells his life story in his own humble opinion. As he opens his story he leads with a simple statement of his life:"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 day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.""You may have heard of me."As far as I can tell from the books these statements from Kvoethe are all understatements of his own actions, they are as humble and simplistic as such a man could be made out to be. However despite this it is the story of a man who simply tries to live his life his way and finds himself into greatness.. He is constantly aware of his standing in the world and what that means he is allowed to, or can get away with. Of course this does not mean either of those will stop him. The story is actually funny at points because his impression of himself is so much lower than the rumors about him that spread across the world.The other characters are all high quality as well, and the book makes sure to point out that Kvoethe is all that much better than everyone else, in many cases he is even below them. The cast consists of kind old men who try to help those in need, kings who are just as likely to hang a man out to die by his thumbs as they are to pay him a small fortune, friends who may or may not try and help, as well as teachers who will raise a man up or try to bury him based on first impressions.This is simply one of the best books I have ever read and is completely original, with an excellent set of characters that will poison a man based on a grudge, or help him for no other reason than because it is right thing to do.
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