A lot of people rave about this book and the writer. I’ve come to recognize Patrick Rothfuss through his series about writing on Geek and Sundry. He is smart, funny, and it made me want to read his book. I follow his blog, I’ve liked him on Facebook, and now I’ve read his book.
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 of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard
It ends with a lot of questions unanswered and after that journey it wasn’t the payoff it was hyped to be. I enjoyed reading it, the first few chapters really hooked me. It was interesting and kept me engaged but by the end I was a little irked. The tale tottles along, covering this and that, going along everything about Kvothe’s life and then it ends, that’s it. Want more? Pick up book two, another large tome about the further adventures of Kvothe which I haven’t picked up and I don’t plan on it.
My Verdict: Check your local library. It’s entertaining and, in a pinch, even the paperback could stop a bullet.