This is a review of “The Name of the Wind” the first book of “The Kingkiller Chronicles” by Patrick Rothfuss.
I have met dragons and stolen princesses back from barrow weights. I have spent nights with Felurian and left with both my heart and my head. I have tread paths most fear to even mention, and I have been expelled from the University at a younger age than most are when admitted. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me…
This is the first day of Kvothe’s story, and what a story it is. The world is incredibly vast and that is further emphasised by the enormous amount of songs and folktales and legends that are occasionally mentioned or even told. And yet one doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of information one gets. The writing is so light and easy that the pages practically fly by without noticing. The writing is such that it seduces the reader, and that is wonderful.
The characters are many and varied, some more mysterious than others, some more normal. Master Elodin is cooky, Auri is mysterious. Wil and Sim are excellent friends, Ambrose is annoyingly spoiled, and Denna is Denna. Like Kvothe says in the book: it is difficult to describe her. She is both a bit annoying and also quite a strong woman. I am still undecided whether or not I like her or not.
Kvothe himself is likable so far. He is a product of his young life and it shows. From a childhood as Edama Ruh to his years as a homeless kid in a big city, to his days at the University. He is a bit too brash despite the life lessons he has gone through, and he has a certain lack of patience that shows through when he is getting truly hung up on something – like getting into the Archives at the University. But he is also a good young man, and he is not perfect no matter how smart he is. Some things work out for him and some things don’t go like he would have wishe them to, but there is nothing truly against him so far so that bears some watching in the future just in case.
The mystery of the Chandrian and the things that they do, and exactly what happens between them and Kvothe in the future, is yet another thing to keep the pages turning. There needs to be more of them in the future. As well as Skarpi. We need to learn more about him, and even Bast in the future.
It is a slow story, and it certainly takes its time, but it is more than worth it. The sequel is already waiting on my bookshelf.
This is definitely a book that I recommend to everyone.