The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
- Title: The Name of the Wind
- Author: Patrick Rothfuss
- Publisher: Penguin Group DAW
- Publication Date: March 27th, 2007
- Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy
- My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Whew! Now that was an EPIC story. I feel like I just read the whole life of a child, which I basically did. Talk about adventure, first love, humor, darkness, magic, dragons, war, music……I mean I could go on for days. There’s nothing this book didn’t have! It had me laughing, crying, jaw-dropping, and occasionally gave me the urge to throw it at a wall. Do you ever read those stories, where at times, you have to stop reading because you’re afraid to go on? Yup…this was one of those! But boy I fell in love with this book. Oh and it was actually a recommendation from my brother.
Holy cow! Who comes up with this stuff?! Patrick Rothfuss is who! So here’s the gist. A young “innkeeper” is visited by a scribe who wants to write his life story. The actual Name of the Wind story doesn’t take place until the “innkeeper” starts talking of his past, all the way back to when he was a child. In fact, before he begins, he tells the scribe that his story will take three days. Yeah that’s right….the first book is only the first day of the “innkeeper” telling his story. I told you it was EPIC! As in extremely long. But still worth it! So basically the whole book is a flashback, but it does sometimes come back to the present, which are the interludes. The “innkeeper’s” story seems so real and believable! From the magic and poverty to the music and university, you feel for the boy and all that he encounters. The author creates a whole world of towns, cities, religion, beliefs, dialects, cultures, old folklore and songs. Oh my gosh I thought the songs were the neatest thing! Hidden in each song was a story or lesson. And the way the author described the music being played made me feeling like I was actually there listening to it.
How to describe Kvothe? Not daring in a reckless way but does what the situation calls for which usually turns out to be daring and awe worthy. He’s extremely intelligent for his age, but it makes many enemies throughout the story. During all of his adventures and crazy encounters, I had to keep reminding myself how old he is. So much happens at such a young age! I found that his determination is what kept him alive and also his ability to act. The acting was one of my favorite things about this book! Kvothe uses his past in theater to carry out many of his insane doings. He’s very prone to getting in trouble, so his talented acting skills come in handy. I actually laughed out loud at a lot of those parts in the book. He can make witnesses or bystanders think he’s something grande when he’s really just putting on a show. But their are parts where he really is just a powerful person who can use magic in incredible ways. It kills me though how whenever he does the right thing, he gets punished for it. But his creativity is always his way out. Each character in the book played a part in Kvothe’s rise to fame. Whether they taught him or fought him, Kvothe gained knowledge through all of them. Education, life lessons, old stories, fighting skills, languages, how to act in different cultures, street living,. The characters provided it all, while Kvothe observed and listened. Denna kind of got on my nerves. She was always disappearing and leading Kvothe on a goose chase. How many times is he going to look for her? But I did like how they interacted and their witty comments to each other. They’re a perfect pair.
Ahhh the writing was so poetic and beautiful! Tons and tons and tons of metaphors that were oh so good. It’s written how a fantasy should be written! Everything seemed so dreamlike but real at the same time. It felt like one of those old storybooks you read to your children, filled with the adventures a boy makes while finding his way in the world. And the songs were so neat! Almost like poetry with stories and old folklore woven into them. I loved how the rumors about Kvothe were true but not true. His actions were spectacles that had people gushing about him when really there was a secret hidden behind it. He’s just a fantastic performer who knows how to put on a show and make people think what he wants them to think. Or sometimes there isn’t a secret. His magic is just that good. Sometimes I felt like the author was writing down his own thoughts, the ones he’s been keeping in his head for a decade but won’t tell anyone incase he sounds crazy and then he figures they’d be perfect in his fantasy book cuz you know, fantasy accepts the crazy. The interlude of Kvothe trying desperately to describe Denna’s beauty was hilarious, especially when Bast interrupts to point out her crooked nose. The gorgeous writing style of this book really made me fall in love. Rothfuss has a lot of amazingness in his head. 722 pages worth.
“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.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
So yeah. Immerse yourself in Kvothe’s story.