I don’t even know where to begin describing my love of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I was so engaged throughout the entirety of the book and I fell deeply, deeply in love with the main character Kvothe, the world of The Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss’ writing, and Kvothe’s story. I had been hesitant to begin this book for SO LONG because of the cover. It’s much more fantasy-looking than I typically read so I was nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy it (despite the previous recommendations from my brother’s third grade teacher who I totally trust). The story is so compelling and it should be the actual definition of a page-turner. I have basically FORCED a total of six people to read The Named of the Wind since my enlightenment, and I plan to continue pushing this book upon people at every opportunity.
One of my favorite aspects of The Name of the Wind is the way in which the story is told. Kvothe is retelling his story of how he became the most powerful wizard of all time to a Chronicler. Because it’s a flashback detailing years and years of Kvothe’s life through his point of view (except for the interludes in the bar where Kvothe is telling his story), every word is important. Every event means something significant and it reads like a detailed highlight reel of the past. While the book is REALLY large (it’s almost 700 pages) I was shocked at how quickly I read it. The chapters are short, sometimes only a page or two, so I would constantly decide to “just read one more chapter,” which would inevitably turn into more.
Kvothe is clever and he knows it which leads to him being a smart-ass at times. I really enjoyed his personality and I think he is justified in his arrogance. There are times where it backfires for him but having read about his past, I can understand why he is the way he is. And I HATED his rival. I still think about how awful he is and I spent a good portion of the book rooting for his downfall.
I really liked learning about Kvothe’s academic journey regarding magic. Rothfuss takes a very scientific approach to magic, or sympathy, and Kvothe uses his wits to advance through the ranks, but not always without consequence. The concept of binding is fascinating. The magic is much more intellectual than is typical in fantasy novels and it requires an immense amount of dedication and concentration to perform.
Final Thoughts: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is hands down one of my favorite reads of all time. It is deserving of the name epic fantasy. The story and world-building is exceptionally compelling, the main character Kvothe is a pleasure to read about, and the novel’s quick pace is full of action and excitement. I haven’t started reading the second book just yet, because the conclusion has not been published yet and I have no idea how long we’ll be waiting for it.