- I’ve heard lots of buzz about this book and wanted to check it out.
I also recommend:
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Summary from GoodReads:
The story revolves around Kvothe, an enigmatic red-haired innkeeper who, as he shares his incredible life story with a renowned scribe, turns out to be much more than he appears. Born into a family of nomadic court performers, Kvothe’s unconventional education was broadened by spending time with fellow travelers like Abenthy, an elderly arcanist whose knowledge included, among other things, knowing the name of the wind. After his parents are brutally murdered by mythical beings known as the Chandrian, Kvothe vows to learn more about the godlike group, and after suffering through years of homelessness, he finally gets his chance when he is admitted into the prestigious University. But the pursuit of arcane knowledge brings with it unforeseen dangers, as the young student quickly learns.
I’ve read quite a few fantasy books in my lifetime, and I kept hearing about how amazing this book is, and after hearing that Patrick Rothfuss was interested in helping Nathan Fillion revive Firefly I decided to finally take the plunge and check out his work.
I wouldn’t compare this book to an epic fantasy journey on the level of Tolkien, but it was enjoyable and interesting. The magic system was complex enough to have some depth to it and I found Kvothe to be full of mystery and intrigue and I alternated with liking him and wanting to smack him upside the head.
The Name of the Wind is something Kvothe struggles with, one of those illusions that aren’t actually an illusion and can be grasped fleetingly, almost impossible to understand. But the book isn’t so much about that – while it is instrumental in some key moments in Kvothe’s life, I found that I enjoyed more the path Kvothe took with his family, his growth through the university and more.
The Name of the Wind is a worthwhile read, and kindled my curiosity enough to have me looking for the next book here shortly.
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