Boy does it feel good to be posting a book review on here again. It feels like a forever ago, even though it is probably just a manner of weeks.
My most recent read was a particularly big one and it took me quite a while. I loved this book, but found that I couldn’t drop in and out of it. I needed to sit down and devour in big chunks, which I didn’t always have time to do.
Which book am I on about?
The Name of the Wind of course.
When you tell people that you like reading fantasy books, this one leaves their lips a moment later and then they look shocked when you announce that you’ve never read it. If you’re my friend Amy, you follow that shock with buying the book as a Christmas present and insisting that it is read as quickly as you can.
Well, it took me nearly seven months but I managed it and I’m so glad that Amy, and a couple of other friends, insisted quite so strongly that I read it.
The Name of the Wind follows Kvothe who reluctantly agrees to tell the story of his youth to Chronicler, who somehow stumbles on his new life as a quiet and unassuming innkeeper. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there is far more to Kvothe than his current life suggests. As he himself recounts:
“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.”
Kvothe was a fascinating character, and one that I am still desperate to know more about. He is an epic fantasy character and yet not quite the hero I would expect from such a book. He has adventures and saves lives but he doesn’t always make the right decision. In short, I am hooked. I can only hope I get more answers in the second book as I am desperate to dive right back into this world. Rothfuss created a brilliantly woven fantasy world, with creative magic systems and complex societies that held my attention the whole way through.
The Name of the Wind may not be a quick or easy read but I can see now why so many people sing its praises. Here I am adding mine to the chorus.