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The Name of the Wind

Posted by spragujs on February 28, 2011

The Name of the Wind cover artAs my second off the shelf book I’ve read this year, I get to count Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind, book one in the Kingkiller Chronicle.  Since book two, The Wise Man’s Fear, comes out tomorrow, I figured I’d better get a move on and read this rather lengthy novel!  I finished just about in time too!

The blurb:  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.

Since there are many reviews out there already lately and not so lately about this book that do a much better job of summarizing than I ever do, I’ll just make some comments on my personal thoughts on the book.

For me, The Name of the Wind brings to mind one word:  immersive.  It’s easy to forget that you are reading a story while going through this book, I had a tough time putting it down when it was time for bed and would often find myself thinking about it randomly during the day.  There was one exception to this comment for me, and those were the passages about silence.  I believe I understand what Mr. Rothfuss was trying to get across using these passages, but the language (perhaps the comparisons of silence to things that have nothing to do with it) messed with my head too much and I had to reread them several times to try and get the point.  Now, on the other hand, these passages left me with a strong sense of unease, so I suspect they did their jobs!  😉

For some reason I’ve had it in my head that this series would be a trilogy.  I’m sure it’s mostly from reading Pat’s blog or from things I’ve read outside the story (since this was my first read).  Maybe it’s because Kvothe promised the Chronicler his story in 3 days.  I get a strong impression that Kvothe’s story is just the background and the Kingkiller Chronicle is either just the beginning of the rest of the story, or the KC will be much more than 3 volumes.  Whatever happens, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the story!

Also, if you’ve read the book and are looking for a summary rather than a reread before The Wise Man’s Fear, then check out this fun comic version on Pat Rothfuss’s blog.

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