Title: The Name of the Wind
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Publisher: Daw Books
Publication Date: April, 2008
Rating: 3/5 stars
Do you ever read adventure books that mention a character or series of characters that embark on a quest to find an object or thwart evil forces? How many of them are actually completely different from each other? Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a book which contains a unique adventure and keeps you entertained from the start to the end of the book.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is a captivating and fun read. It is told by Kvothe, a well-known hero who has built himself a worthy reputation. He tells the story to his companions and paints flashbacks to his younger years, in how he made a name for himself. You hear about when he was a little boy, his struggles after a tragic event and his time at the University.
For a long book, Rothfuss does well in having Kvothe narrate his own story. During my reading, I was yearning to know more especially of what would happen next.
Now, it isn’t like any standard adventure story where the main character jumps from place to place on his/her personal quest. It is instead a story where the character stays in a few places for quite a while. When Kvothe is at the University, it’s the humour from the language used that makes the reader stay hooked to the story. I feel as though you actually understand the character more this way than if they were constantly travelling. Because Kvothe is in one place for so long, you can see his personality slowly rise to the surface. Observing a character grow in this way adds a lot to the story and makes you want to keep flipping the pages.
If you are looking for that adventure book that’s told in an interesting way, then I’d recommend reading The Name of the Wind. You will absolutely love the humour in Kvothe’s voice and will be fully engaged in the story, I assure you.
Fun fact- It took 15 years for Patrick Rothfuss to create this first installment of the series. Reasons range from decisions in structuring, the addition of his own experiences and the sympathetic magic system. To find out more, check out this article by Leah Schnelbach on Tor.
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