Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Title: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Rating: 5 out of 5 old bartenders
In Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind, the reader meets an old innkeeper who tells his life story to a record keeper tasked with recording the lives of interesting people of the land. We soon find out that this innocent barkeep is not what he seems. He is the legendary Kvothe, the Kingkiller. From the man's own lips:
"My name is Kvothe. 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. You may have heard of me."
I have been putting this review off for quite a while now, for no other reason than that I am afraid I will give it too good of a review. To be honest, The Name of the Wind is as close to a perfect fantasy novel as I can imagine.
As you may have gathered from the above quote, Kvothe's life is rich and full, and he is one of the most enchanting characters that I have ever read about. We get an inside look of the man behind the myths, and we learn that sometimes fame does not paint the whole picture.
The Name of the Wind is wonderfully written, and the 722 page volume (the first of three) reads as if it is no more than 100 pages.
There is too much that is great about this book for me to relate all of it, and I can think of nothing I would change. If you are a fan of fantasy, or just great literature in general, you have to read this book.
5 out of 5 old bartenders!