The Name of The Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

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. The Name of The Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

I’m currently a third of the way through the story of Kvothe, as narrated by the same in The Kingskiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. The first book in the series, The Name of The Wind, tells the story of Kvothe’s early life as he comes to explain how he has transformed from the larger than life character quoted above to an innkeeper apparently hiding away in the middle of nowhere, revealing his identity only to his assistant Bast.

The first novel is an quirky mix of folkloric motifs; hero journeys, tricksters and legends of demi gods sprinkled liberally with magic, music and monsters to create an exciting fantasy novel, with the perfect amount of shake up of roles and subverting of expectations to keep it modern and compelling.I was a bit peeved when it ended, because you’re left waiting to go into day two and hear the rest of the story, I was enjoying it so much. But as you can see, when the second day arrives there will be plenty to read. The second novel is even meatier than the first so if it’s just as well written I’ll be a happy young lady.

If you’re looking for a well written fantasy series to get your teeth into then I would definitely recommend these books. I’m currently part way through a Charles Dickens biography (which is also a monster…) but I can’t wait to start the second book in the series, The Wise Man’s Fear.

9 thoughts on “The Name of The Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

  1. Thomas

    My dad is trying to get me to read this series – from your review I can tell it’s not a bad book, but would you recommend it to someone who doesn’t have much experience with the fantasy genre? I’ve read fantasy before and enjoyed it, but none of the really meaty material.

    1. Siobhan

      I’d give them a go if I were you, My older brother loves them as well and I don’t think he’s tended to be a big fantasy reader in the past. I think they’re pretty well balanced for anyone who doesn’t favour the fantasty genre (it’s not my first port of call for reading material) because the magic is presented almost as a natural science which has a clear method and logic. It’s cleverly done.

  2. Adam

    I’ve read both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, and they’re both very well written. I do have to say that the quote you opened this post with is one of the best I’ve seen in any book. If you read that blurb and don’t want to read the book, something is wrong with you.

  3. Deborah the Closet Monster

    The Name of the Wind is one of only a very small handful of books I read in my son’s early days. I actually meant to track for the later books, something I did not do–but am glad to have had done for me, after a fashion! I’m excited to pick up where I left off, even if I can’t remember exactly where that was!

    1. Siobhan

      It’s nigh difficult to keep track of when sequels will come out as it is- I would imagine it’s nigh on impossible with a little person to look after. How old is your little boy now ?

      1. Deborah the Closet Monster

        He’s coming up on two and a half. He’s just as definitely a blessing as he is an adorable handful.

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