Rating: I'M OBSESSED
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Published by: Penguin
Publication Date: 2007-03-27
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Book Blurb: The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.
I read a little of this book the first day I got it. Only got about a hundred pages through it before I was content to do something else. It was a slow beginning and slow beginnings tend to make me set aside a book and pick it up occasionally. Well, I didn’t have occassion to pick it up again until yesterday. Got through another little boring section and then something happened. Something that was written so well that I couldn’t hardly put the book down last night. I woke up early because I couldn’t sleep and I needed to read it. So what does this mean? The character went through something that completely pulled me into his life. Nothing that followed, no matter how boring or mundane, could pull me out of the story after that.
There are no spoilers in this review. I will simply say that there will be those who connect with Mr. Rothfuss’s writing and are drawn into this story. There will be those who cry, such as myself, because of the way he writes tragedies. On the other hand, there will be those who don’t like the writing or “flashback” type feel of the book or the rather slow parts. I loved it. I loved the hints you got from Rothfuss when he hopped to current times. They gave me little tastes of what was to come and it made me read on, curious at times, dying at others. As for the slowness, yes it is. However, once that major moment happened for me, I rather enjoyed the slow parts.
There’s something very quiet about Kvothe that draws me to him, while there’s other traits that make me frown. But I still adore him. I’m a character reader who only tends to give five stars when a character suffers so much in their life and somehow pushes through it. Kvothe is that character for me. I loved him. And I loved this book.
I won’t be buying the second one. Not yet anyways. Once the third one comes out, I’ll spend a week reading all three. I don’t know that I could handle the wait if I read the second book. I hate waiting.
And there it is. My ramblings.