Title: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Page Count: 662
Release Date: March 27, 2007
There are very few books, that have caused to me to become obsessed with them from the first couple pages or have me so completely enraptured in the story that I literally cannot put the book down or else it will cause me pain. I am happy to say that The Name of the Wind by the brilliant Patrick Rothfuss is one such book. The story is hands down a masterpiece of writing and an amazing fantasy story. I would give it a hundred stars if I could but sadly 5 is the limit.
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
If it isn’t obvious already I love this book! The writing and the way the story was told through flashbacks, was genius and innovative. It read a lot like someone telling an story, like were all sitting around a campfire and hearing someone’s narrate everything for you.
“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.”
Kvothe: He is a smart yet different kid, obviously way more advanced than most kids his age. He had an unconventional childhood marred by tragedy yet he came out slightly intact. He is a great main character and even though I didn’t agree with all his choices you’ll still root for him all the way.
Chronicler: He is definitely an intriguing character. I loved how he was introduced to the story and his place in the middle of things. I wonder how his presence will become more important in the sequels.
Bast: We don’t know much about him other than he’s a Fae, and Kvothe’s student, but I’m curious to find out how he fits into Kvothe’s story.
Denna/Dianne: I actually kinda dislike her, as Kvothe’s love interest. I think he could do much better than her. Simmon said it best…
“I just don’t understand what you see in her. I know she’s charming. Fascinating and all that. But she seems rather cruel.”
That is the best way to describe her. I think that I could maybe grow to like her, but as of now I’m still kinda on the fence about her.
Ambrose: I guess you could say he was the villain, he was definitely a pretentious asshole. I don’t really care for him much…Kvothe has bigger problems to deal with and I can tell Ambrose will be the least of his problems in the future.
This book was definitely setting the stage and just giving us the basics so we could understand this world more, but I want to learn more about the world and more about the Chandrian and what problem they bode for Kvothe. The magic system was also really cool and unique. I loved his time at the university and you could draw parallels between Hogwarts and the University.
“When the hearthfire turns to blue,
what to do? what to do?
run outside, run and hide.
When his eyes are black as crow?
where to go? where to go?
near and far. Here they are.
see a man without a face?
move like ghosts from place to place.
whats their plan? whats their plan?
I just really loved this book, it’s definitely a favorite of mine and y’all should read it as well! I’d love to hear your opinions on this book and until next time
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”