Title: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Category: Young Adult
Status: Book 1 of The Kingkiller Chronicles
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.
My best friend DJ had been persuading me for A YEAR to read this book because it’s his favourite. The thing is, it never seemed like something I would like and my TBR is filled with books I’d prefer to read more. Finally he lent me his copy and because I have a paperback copy, I read it.
We read the story of Kote, who is currently living as an innkeeper in a small unpopular town, but he is actually much more. “Kvothe” is the most known person in the kingdom, with pretty much everyone knowing of his heroic tales.
A storykeeper finally finds him and gets him to tell his story. So begins Kvothe’s narration of his life. It’s a VERY eventful life.
I’ll admit, it seemed interesting in the beginning but on the whole I’m not a fan. I don’t really like books where the plot is mostly told in flashbacks. Not only that, this book also tells the flashback stories in ORDER. Which means I read the story of Kvothe from when he was a kid to his late teens.
To be honest, only Kvothe really matters. There’s his friend in the current day and also his first love back when he was in University, but I didn’t find them that important.
I liked Kvothe. He is determined to learn and get ahead, find the people who killed his family and rest of the caravan when he was a young boy and get revenge. But it’s a LONG road.
BUT. I wasn’t very interested in him. He’s nice but I wouldn’t go out of my way to say that he’s a really good character.
I’ll admit, I didn’t get attached to the book and I’m disappointed because DJ has been singing praises ever since he found out that I read books. I just didn’t get the urge to pick up the book and continue reading or to read it all night. It was okay.
I haven’t read the second book in the series yet and I’m not sure I’ll be reading anytime soon. Not only because of the hundred other books in my TBR, but also since I’m currently in a book slump.