Paperback, 662 Pagges
Adult/ Epic Fantasy
By: Patrick Rothfuss
“You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way.”
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The Name of the Wind is one of the most famous books in the fantasy genre and there are very high chances that you already read the book because I am just very late for the party. I have decided to read this when I joined GR in 2016 and I kept procrastinating because I was intimidated by the length of the book and by the expectations I had for one of the highest rated books in the world. I am a bit happy though that I kept off reading this for a while as my taste have changed and I appreciated it now more than I would have as a new reader.
The story is that of Kvothe, the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen (according to the synopsis at least) and we start with Kvothe in his own cafe as an adult and then he tells us his story in his own words and Kvothe is an amusing story teller.
The prose is excellent and that’s one of the best things about this story and why it has such a great success in my opinion. Rothfuss have weaved an incredible start to this series and I think with how the roof of expectations of everyone is, it will be very stressful to write the third book which have been a WIP for many years. Every year there is a drama about when will it be coming out and people are divided into “Give the man his time as long as he keeps us the same quality” and “It has been almost a decade, just confess that it will never be finished”. I think I belong to the first team and don’t mind waiting as long as we get it at some point!
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
Kvothe is a character that is controversial, people tend to love or hate him and I can understand both sides. On one hand he is a Gary Stu who is just the best at everything he does and he is a prodigy, on the other hand there is so much fun about reading about him. And since this is a magical school setting, I can say that imagine this as HP with Hermione as the protagonist; I would personally love to read that! So if you hate OP characters that are almost good at everything then you won’t probably like this but if you don’t mind them then you will love Kvothe. And to be honest, I am not a big fan of prodigies but there is something magical about Kvothe.
School settings is one of my favorite tropes and I loved the school here! From the classes to the teachers to the trials! Everything about this world was just wonderful. The teachers and the secondary characters were all bleeding characterization off the pages! I thought the teachers were a bit too much among their introductions but then we get to know them more and appreciate them all!
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
There were small parts that I did not like but for a book as huge as this one, I can ignore them, sometimes Kvothe was a bit stupid despite how intelligent he is. When in the second third of the book he tells us about his romance, I kind of got bored later and wanted to move the plot a bit faster but overall it was one of the best books I read and compared to other 4 stars I gave, I felt it deserves a higher rating which made me settle with the 5 stars rating at last.
Summary: This was a very well written book with magical settings, a wonderful narration and realistic characters. The book is well known so I don’t need to speak much about it. If you are a fantasy fan and you haven’t read this yet, I think it should be given a chance!