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.
When I was putting together my fantasy reading list this for the year, The Kingkiller Chronicle kept popping up as a must read. So naturally, I added book one, The Name of the Wind, to my reading list, you can find the full list here. If you live under a rock like I do, rush to get a copy of The Name of the Wind.
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school or magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of age story unrivaled in recent literature. Summary is from Goodreads.
I was nervous to start The Name of the Wind. This book is 662 pages, which spooked me. Because of the length, I opted for the audiobook—it was amazing.
The majority of the story is the main character, Kvothe, telling the high points of his life to a Chronicler over a three day period. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this type of story telling, but I did.
Every event from Kvothe life seems important, there is something worth remembering from story that flows into another chapter of Kvothe’s life. I found myself saying, just 30 more minutes for hours trying to figure out what was going to happen.
The story within a story works well in The Name of the Wind The natural pauses in Kvothe’s story bring the reader back to his current life. I was interested in Kvothe’s life adventures but found myself asking “What the hell is Kvothe doing with his life right now?” And “What is up with his apprentice?”
The Name of the Windows was a reminder for why I love fantasy so much. I was enchanted with every minute of The Name of the Wind. The world building was amazing, right down the currency. The magic system is understandable and the use of magic is not easily obtained by everyone. AND characters are rich.
As the story progressed I found myself hanging in suspense, how would this story end? And then within the last few chapters everything comes together. I am eager to read book two, but waiting a little longer to dive in.
The best lies about me are the ones I told.
Should you read The Name of the Wind?
Yes. I enjoyed this book so much. If you like fantasy you will enjoy this read.
If you are starting your fantasy journey The Name of the Wind is entertaining but might not be the perfect starting point. Rothfuss has constructed a world that feels familiar with a twinge of enchainment, but one might find the story long winded because of the size. Other than that it is enjoyable.
Have you read The Name of the Wind?