TITLE: The Name of the Wind
BY: Patrick Rothfuss
SERIES: The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
GENRE: High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
This is no mere story but an action-packed tale of a man named Kvothe, the most legendary Arcanist of his world, and his search for the Name the Wind. Though in this first instalment, Kvothe(who also goes by many names), tells how it all began. From his younger years with his family in a troupe, his life in Tarbean, his life in the University and his studies with magic/science and some of the stories behind his names.
As soon as I read the first sentence of the Prologue, I knew I was in for some good reading. The reason is simple. The author’s writing style is AMAZING. It’s Beautiful. EVERY.SINGLE.WORD. I got teary-eyed and I’m not even into the story yet. It’s because I was asking myself why I can’t write like him. LOls. But my God, he earned my respect in just few chapters. WOW. JUST WOW. His sentences are
almost poetic. poetic, he certainly knows how and when to use his literary devices. His prose is simply splendidly beautiful. It was written so well and so concrete. Solid.
He has created such enchanting, magical world in my mind, that just made me dive even deeper into Kvothe’s story. And if the world building was well done, it was easy to go along with the MC in his adventure. Kvothe took me with him, in every road he went to, in every alley, every corner, every town, in every phase of his life. And I should mention his life in Tarbean was just heartbreaking so I understand why he seemed angrier in the university.
Now, it’s obvious that this book is character-driven and let me tell you the truth. At first, I can’t connect with Kvothe (he’s a little arrogant or too-perfect or too angry), I didn’t think he would be one of my favorite characters of all time. I like him but it was more like I was more into his story and not really into him as a person. But then again I can’t explain why every time he cries, I feel myself broken too. (He’s been through much) And then before I knew it, I was already so into him as much as I’m into his tale. The development was amazing. He stole my heart, not in a romantic way, but in more humane way. And it isn’t just Kvothe, I also loved the side characters: Auri, Bast, The Chronicler, Wil and Sim, Fela and Mola, the Masters and even the Inn’s patrons. I don’t know why but I never connected to Denna (or whatever name she’s using now).
Now I’m excited to know what happens next. I want to know what happens to Kvothe that he’s just now Kote. This books seems like just an intro to a much greater part of the tale but don’t be discouraged with this. This is one action-packed tale and that’s why I’m excited to know what’s next. If the seemingly intro of Kvothe’s tale is this intense, how much more is the middle and climax? 🙂 🙂
I recommend this to high fantasy lovers. If you love high fantasy or you want to try the genre, this one is perfect for you. And a little spoiler/warning, though this book is told, switching between Kvothe’s present and past, the whole tale was really arranged in chronological order. So don’t expect that you’ll figure out the main plot so early. But I assure you, this book promises a great adventure with great, engaging characters. 🙂
Happy Reading Guys,