Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • ISBN: 0575081406 (ISBN13: 9780575081406)
  • Language: English
  • Published June 12th 2008 by Gollancz (first published March 27th 2007)

I want to talk to you today about what has quickly become my all-time favorite series. The King Killer Chronicle was something I picked up because of a tumblr post like this one.  I heard sassy ginger protagonist and I thought, well, yes please.

If you want to know something about me, I’ll tell you, I am an absolute Harry Potter NERD. I used to be the type of nerd who wouldn’t read The Lord of the Rings because apparently it was some sort of act of blasphemy to like both. So when I heard this book being called “Harry Potter for adults” I said, well okay, I like gingers, I like Harry Potter, and I like sass. Let’s go.

I didn’t realize that Patrick Rothfuss is such a genius. The world building in this is tight, and because we hear everything from the lay of the land, to life as a traveller, to the way magic works, from the point of view of our man Kvothe, everything is told like we’re sitting around the table and enjoying a beer with him and Bast. What we end up getting is the story of a myth, a legend, from the mouth of the man behind it. He seems to be as reliable as he can be, and tells the tales truthfully. Or maybe he doesn’t and we get a biased version. Or maybe Kvothe is too depressed at this stage in his life, the young, under thirty year old, unsatisfied, Barkeeper that he is.

Kvothe’s voice is strong and clearly changes throughout the books. Patrick Rothfuss theerefore RARELY, if ever, sounds info-dumpy. We feel Kvothe learning through his narration. He grows as a character and it’s hard not to fall in love with him. I know by the end of the second book I was worrying for his health and sanity like he was my brother.

Something else which is really important right now, the cast of characters. We have plenty of strong women in the series. There are plenty of ladies Kvothe respects, ones we can admire.

Warning: I have been in a slump since I’ve finished the first two books in the series. Patrick Rothfuss is taking his time to masterfully craft his third book, and I am left with the … there’ll never be anything better than this blues…

Patrick Rothfuss tells use everything through Kvothe, from epic journeys to rivalries at school, to first times and why the heck did the girl I like disappear, and troubles with teachers and what happens when you’re too smart for your own good.

This series has everything.

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