So, it’s been a while and I took a looooong time to read this novel but a PhD keeps you busy.
Any way, today I’ve finished reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It is 662 pages long of adventures, magic (‘sympathy’), tragedies and discoveries. It is really really interesting and rather easy to read; besides, the chapters are usually short so it paces the story quite nicely.
Besides its artful writing, the story follows the main character Kvothe (pronounced quote) during his late childhood until his teenage years. Son of a trouper, he finds himself all alone after a tragic episode and tries his best to survive in this world not kind at all to young boys. He finally gets his ways into the University where it can learn magic and the name of things but obviously things don’t go as smoothly as he might have hoped. On the other hand, he gets to play the hero once or twice.
This story is related by Kvothe himself to Chronicler later in his life. In the novel you find all sorts of characters: some you like instantly, some you hate as quickly, some who leave you puzzled.
In any case, The Name of the Wind is the first instalment of The Kingkiller trilogy of which the second novel is The Wise Man’s Fear and the third is still awaited.
I rated this fantasy novel 5/5*.