I finally finished reading this beast of a book – The Name of the Wind!
I did originally buy this book thinking it would tide me over until Christmas…but now I’ve got another 4 days before Christmas so I’ll have to start another one and hope I finish it on Christmas Eve so I can start one of my new ones Christmas day…
Anyway, you’re not here to here me ramble about other books. Wait, you might be…well this post is going to be a book review, so here we go:
Let’s talk about The Name of the Wind!
Title: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Publisher: Gollancz – imprint of Orion publishing group
Series Status: The 1st book in The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy
Number of Pages: 662
My Rating: 4.5//5 stars!
(Found on back cover – click here for Goodreads synopsis)
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town 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.
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
Like most people, I was slightly intimidated by the size of this book. But all fantasy lovers seem to adore it, including one of my favourite booktubers who has very similar taste to me, so I decided to give it a go. And let me tell you right now, I was not disappointed.
I find the idea really interesting that the main character – Kvothe – is telling his life story over a period of three days, with each of the books in this trilogy being one of the days. You just have to look at the size of one book to know he’s had an adventurous life.
The beginning was a slightly slow start, since you have to try and get a grip on this new world you’re thrown into, while also trying to see how this dreary setting in the beginning fits with the synopsis. At least that’s what I was thinking. But it only took until chapter 7 for me to start feeling that tug of the story pulling me in.
I found the world building to be done quite interestingly. Most of the time I didn’t even realize I was being told about the settings, since they seemed to weave so well into the story. There wouldn’t be descriptions paragraphs long, but instead just a few well placed sentences in the middle of Kvothe’s story, showing (rather than telling) you how he sees the world. Occasionally a snippet of a legend or story would be told, showing what the people in this world believed in and talked about.
There was something fascinating about this story that I can’t quite put my finger on. I think it’s partly to do with the writing. The ways things are worded in this story just makes everything seem more wonderful, and meaningful.
“Music is a proud, temperamental mistress.Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer.”
Throughout the story Kvothe assures you that this is not some fairy story where everything goes right and ends up all fine-and-dandy. And somehow that just makes the book better. It seems more realisitic, and keeps you on edge because you’re never sure how everything will turn out. I do admit there were slightly slower parts to the story that you have to push through, but i think if it was fast paced and action packed all the time, it wouldn’t be as believable.
If you’re a huge fantasy lover like me, I honestly do recommend you pick this up. Kvothe is SUCH an interesting character, and you can’t help but read on, wanting to know his story. Bigger issues are hinted at towards the end, urging you to get the next book as soon as possible…which may just happen in my case!
I really like this book, in case you couldn’t tell.
Rated 4.5//5 stars!
Have you read this book? Let me know!
And if not, is it on your TBR?
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