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The Name of the Wind(The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Quill Award 2007 (Fantasy), Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year 2007 (Fantasy). Locus Award nominee 2008, Tähtifantasia Award nominee 2011.
My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as "quothe." Names are important as they tell you a great deal about a person. I've had more names than anyone has a right to.
The Adem call me Maedre. Which, depending on how it's spoken, can mean The Flame, The Thunder, or The Broken Tree.
"The Flame" is obvious if you've ever seen me. I have red hair, bright. If I had been born a couple of hundred years ago I would probably have been burned as a demon. I keep it short but it's unruly. When left to its own devices, it sticks up and makes me look as if I have been set afire.
"The Thunder" I attribute to a strong baritone and a great deal of stage training at an early age.
I've never thought of "The Broken Tree" as very significant. Although in retrospect, I suppose it could be considered at least partially prophetic.
My first mentor called me E'lir because I was clever and I knew it. My first real lover called me Dulator because she liked the sound of it. I have been called Shadicar, Lightfinger, and Six-String. I have been called Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller. I have earned those names. Bought and paid for them.
But I was brought up as Kvothe. My father once told me it meant "to know."
I have, of course, been called many other things. Most of them uncouth, although very few were unearned.
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.
So begins the tale of Kvothe – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more – for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.
The Name of the Wind is Patrick Rothfuss's debut novel which took (according to his own words) fourteen years to complete. It won the Quill Award 2007 in the category for SciFi/Fantasy/Horror.
The author succeeds in telling an incredibly detailed story without being longwinded and creating a new, fresh and surprising world with different kind of magic . I love the style and the novel can handle re-reading (which I will definitely do).
The Name of the Wind restored my passion and interest in fantasy genre after I abandoned it for few years. This novel could be recommended even for people who normally wouldn't pick up a fantasy book.
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The Name of the Wind is a delightfully well-written fantasy. It was easily one of the best reads I've had in some time. No spoilers:
On the plus side of the book, the prose is fantastic. Rothfuss' descriptive capabilities are engrossing and while the pace is meandering, it is so in an enjoyable way. There are enough things to potentially cause danger, and most of them DO cause trouble, but Kvothe is within the realms of what is still expectable from a clever young man. The characters are interesting and intriguing, and you often can't quite pinpoint what an encounter will produce in the long run.
Also, this is by far one of the best original worlds I've ever read. Everything from the concept of naming, to magic, fables, songs, currency, professions... it's all beautiful, well-done, realistic, and just generally intricate and wonderful. It's mysterious and enthralling all at once.
The downfall of the story, in my opinion, can only be described with the word masturbatory. Kvothe, in theory (as of the first book) is too powerful. He's too talented. He's too good at too big a range of everything. He's accomplished too much, and though it's never expressly stated his age, I think the estimate was around 25 - young. Too young. At one point he claims to have played colors to a blind man on the lute and it feels like too much success for one person at such a young age.
First person narrative also has the potential to be played with, and it never is. Kvothe is telling his biography and he never lies, and while he could be embelishing a bit, he never expresses human flaws, like lying or saying something happened to him that actually happened to someone else. His memory is also entirely too flawless. He can recall every speck of dust that obscured his view on any day of the year going as far back as his childhood.
All-in-all, it does read a bit like a fanfiction. Like the author was thinking, "What is the COOLEST person I could ever design, and how can I make him realistic?" He's a little bit of a stereotypical broody/mysterious emo anime hero on top of all that.
That being said, very little of the wankiness is expressed in this first book. It's mostly small things that he recollects, not major plot points, that seem to be too much. Kvothe still has flaws, and he does get his ass handed to him from time to time, enough that he's not overly perfect.
In the end though, the story is wildly captivating. Kvothe is still a likeable character that you genuinely root for to succeed, and you can't wait to flip to the next page while you're in it. It is nearly impossible to put down.
Also, it works beautifully as a stand-alone book. Enough is concluded to leave you satisfied, but it leaves you with a sense of, "I could never pick up another book in this series... but why would I want to do that? I'll just go fetch the next one right now."
To summarize, the book definitely has its flaws, but it's a spectacular read, definitely worth checking out.
Book review: 2 Treasure Boxes
Kvothe was the most notorious wizard ever known, but now he can no longer access magic and he is hiding out in a small town. Kvothe is retelling his life story which he claimed would take 3 days for the tale to unfold; this is day one. The story covers the first part of his life, reliving in detail the early years of his life.
The Name of the Wind is Patrick Ruthfuss’ debut novel and it is the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicles. The story is told primarily in a first person narrative from the point of view of the main protagonist, Kvothe. This book is a fantasy, and in this world magic, dragons, elfs, as well as the Chandrian exist.
The story was interesting, moving back and forth through time, but it progressed at a pretty slow pace. As Kvothe tells his life story the past is replayed. Kvothe is a likeable and interesting character. The world that the story takes place in is unusual and unique with a fascinating magic system.
This is not a standalone story, but only one third of the tale, and by the end of the book, we still do not know how of Kvothe ended up as an Innkeeper. I am curious to find out what happens next, so I will be reading the next installment, Wise Man’s Fear. I recommend this book as a good read.
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