A high-action novel written with a poet's hand, this brilliant debut fantasy by Patrick Rothfuss is a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through a riveting first-person narrative that allows the reader to "become" the hero.
About the Author
Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. In his free time Patrick writes a satirical humor column, practices civil disobedience, and dabbles in alchemy. He loves words, laughs often, and refuses to dance. "The Name of the Wind" is his first novel. There will be more.
"The debut of a writer we would all do well to watch. Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous." -Terry Brooks "The great new fantasy writer we've all been waiting for." -Orson Scott Card "The type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. THE FANTASY WORLD HAS A NEW STAR." -"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "REFRESHINGLY NIMBLE AND OF-BEAT...a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "One of the best stories told in any medium in a decade." -"The Onion" "A rare and great pleasure." -Ursula K. LeGuin "Elegantly told." -"Library Journal" (starred review)
The Name of the Wind is an excellent debut novel from Patrick Rothfuss. The narrative is set using a frame story of the hero, Kvothe, narrating his life story to a biographer. This leaves an intriguing introduction to be left on the backburner for long stretches of the novel, but this is never disappointing because the flashback is brilliant.
Kvothe is quickly introduced as a musical and magical prodigy, but despite his obvious powers he never seems to fall into the trap of being too good- Rothfuss's writing prevents this. I won't go into much detail on the story, but suffice to say it contains romance, action, and intrigue across a variety of settings. The magical system is extremely well constructed and logical, allowing very interesting effects- the climatic action scene demonstrates this brilliantly.
I can't really recommend this book enough. The perfect length, sympathetic and interesting characters and a great job of world-building that never intrudes, this is a series and author to watch.
If you can only read one book this year make it Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The storyline is engaging and imaginative, the characters are deep and intricate. The book as a whole is one of those few stories that will stay with you long after you read it.
For some unknown reason I felt as though this book was significant in a way so many books are not anymore, it never dragged anything out for too long or lacked a detail that should have been included.
This book is perfection, I donít know why it spoke to me but I am happy it did. I just received The Wise Mans Fear in the mail today and I have very high hopes for it, I am sure it will not disappoint me.
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