Title: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Published: March 2007
Summary: “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 the day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.” And so begins the story of the larger-than-life and man of myth, Kvothe. This epic story is the start to the well-regarded fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicles.
Thoughts: I was so excited to read this book after seeing it beloved all over bookstagram and booktube. So excited that I actually went to Barnes & Noble and paid FULL PRICE for this one–very rare for me. It took me nearly 2 weeks to read this 662-page tome, and I think I am left with more questions than the book answered. I won’t list them out here as they tend to contain spoilers, but know that in my book journal there is a laundry list of questions I want to have answered. After having invested so much of my time in Kvothe’s story, I will be damned if I don’t read the next book to get some of my questions answered.
I enjoyed this book, although it tested my patience for Rothfuss wrote with the same sense of urgency as molasses in winter. His character and plot development along with world building is thorough and detailed. I feel very well-integrated into Kvothe’s world. That being said, I do wish it had been a tad bit shorter, like maybe by 200 pages, especially since the book did very little to chip away at that very dramatic and enticing aforementioned introduction Kvothe gives himself.
A tip if you plan to read this book, it takes a bit of time to begin the story of Kvothe. It took nearly 50 pages to get to the story promised on the back of the book. I was actually really confused and spent a moment investigating as to whether or not this was in fact the first book in the series. Stick with it…you will get to Kvothe shortly and then be in his story for what feels like a lifetime.