Book Review: The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The blurb: ‘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. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me’ S

o begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

My review: This book was given to me as a birthday present and what a present it has turned out to be! Recommendations from friends who like the same books as you are golden and this did not disappoint.

The Name of the Wind is Kvothe’s story, but so much more, it spans a whole world. It’s the first novel in the Kingkiller Chronicles, which pleases me greatly! Rothfuss has created his world from scratch, the look and feel of it, history, geography and mythology. There is an epicness about it that you only find in books such as The Lord of the Rings. But it’s never too heavy, or too deeply fantasy that you can’t relate to the characters, it’s a fine blend of some fantastic ingredients.

Kvothe begins the book a talented, young trouper, visiting towns in his region and performing before an unfortunate series of events leads him to enrol in the University and study to become a member of the Arcanum. I loved all the scenes at the University, especially the masters. In fact, the only character I found it hard to warm too is the female lead, Denna, too much time is spent trying to make the reader sympathetic to her but it feels false. She’s not one I’m too bothered about!

So this is the reason for my long absence, I read it twice! And it’s a good 700 pages long, it’s got to be a ten out of ten from me!

10 stars out of 10! *********

BUY ME! The Name of the Wind

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Name of the Wind

  1. Name of the Wind was a game changer book for me – it’s just magnificent. You’re just in time to read the nearly thousand page book 2!

  2. I agree, it’s fantastic. One of my favourite books of 2011. A thousand pages! Sounds like a holiday read to me!

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