The Name of the Wind is the first in a series (and the debut novel) of Patrick Rothfuss. It’s full title is The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One. This is an absolutely fantastic book. This is actually what probably introduced me into the world of non-YA fantasy literature. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
“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 women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.”
So, this is Kvothe’s story. He is a truly epic heroic persona, and his story is incredible. He starts as a child in a traveling troupe (essentially a traveling circus, but without the animals) – he’s incredibly curious and clever, and when an arcanist joins their troupe, he starts to learn as much as he can. When he’s eventually orhpaned, Kvothe sets out on his own towards the University – the pillar of education in magical forces – and to learn who killed his parents, and why.
Kvothe himself narrates the story, telling his history to Chronicler (a scribe) while Kvothe is known as Kote, an innkeeper. I can’t even explain how much I love this book, and how much I can’t wait to learn the rest of his story – how he goes from a genius, snarky teenager to a much-older looking man “waiting to die”. The writing itself is absolutely beautiful, the characters are infinitely interesting and captivating… I just can’t say enough good things about this book. This was my second time reading it, and I love it just as much as I did the first time. It’s easily in my top 10 favorite books.
Even if you think that you’re not normally into fantasy, try this book. Go to a bookstore or the library, read the first 3 to 10 pages, and see if you can’t help but read further. It’s wonderful.
Also, the sequel The Wise Man’s Fear just came out on Tuesday. I’m reading that now, so I’ll be posting a review for it hopefully by the end of the week 🙂
Sarah Says: 5 big stars