Let me start off by saying I am very picky when it comes to fiction books, even more so when it is fantasy or sci-fi. So when I recommend this book as a 5 out of 5, know that I mean it. The Name of the Wind is the first book of the currently incomplete KingKiller Chronicle series where magic is beautifully discussed and the hero, who may not always be the hero, fights his way through life.
Author Patrick Rothfuss has a way with words that paint the most perfect of pictures. Even more so, everything is so detailed, I have now listened through this book three times on Audible, each time hearing more and more that makes the book detailed. Moreover, this is not the hero of Harry Potter where you expect great things, you actually start to worry if the hero is going to fail and fail miserably… and sometimes… he actually does.
The book itself takes place in a tavern where Kvothe retells his story, therefore we have the story within the story. It actually makes the story more mysterious and compelling. We see how his story began, the struggles before his learning of magic, and what can happen when the hero doesn’t know they are supposed to act like a hero.
I found myself several times thinking, “I wonder if I would have acted like that too if I was in his position?” It makes for an empathetic character that you find yourself sitting in… at least until he does something amazing.
I’ll be honest, the third book is not out and myself along with other fans of the novel are a little bitter. So if you want to know how this all ends, you better wait until the last book is released. It’s been eight years since the second one was released with no end in how long we will have to wait.
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