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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Mar. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007HOLTHU
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Looking back at the book, there actually weren't any adventures I'd describe as epic (they are surely to come in the sequels), yet it felt as though they were epic. This is becuase the author doesn't overplay his hand - scenes that some authors might rush through as they are too ordinary for a fantasy novel, Patrick Rothus takes much more seriously, giving the scenes realism. Simple street fights feel real and significant; there are painful realities of not having money or food and living on the street. Everything feels real and important, and the book is that much more readable and believable for it.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. The only downside is that once you've read it, you'll want to read the sequel which is not due out for at least another year.
The novel follows the life of Kvothe (Kote) and although it starts out in a 3rd person narrative showing Kvothe's life as an innkeeper, the majority of the novel is a "story" of Kvothe's life, shown in 1st person. He switches between these narratives nicely, giving the reader a sort of break, and allowing an input from the present day story.
The novel is well written, and the author does a great job of creating opinions about characters. For me this was especially so with Kvothe's two closest friends as a student at the university. But the thing I really like is that he doesn't try to hard. It seems to come naturally to him, and this makes it flow a lot more smoothly. I finished the book in about 3 days, and I'm a slow reader. Some parts can seem slow, but it never feels boring or repetitive, and you're always eager to turn the next page.
The only criticism I have is that to me it was more like an incredibly long introduction than a main story. Which isn't all that bad; it allows great character development, and expresses the history of the characters and the world they inhabit, making you much more interested, but still it seems as if it ended abruptly. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book. It's a great read, and a great debut novel.
However, the moment I see the words "Book One of the Random Whatever saga" I put the book straight back on the shelf. Far too many would-be Tolkiens stretch a run-of-the mill story to two thousand pages and more.
I made an exception for George RR Martin (!) and Joe Abercrombie because they are mould breakers within the genre.
I put "The Name of the Wind" down as I finished reading, and I was thinking, 'that is the best, original fantasy novel I've read since...well what?'
So maybe it's the best ever.
There is a consistent and mystically coherent mythology, and it is not cobbled together from LOTR and D&D. It's a post golden-age story, but the first person POV means that history and mythology are as confused for Kothe as they are for anyone in the real world. There are no deus ex machina characters, and while the main character is an exceptionally gifted boy/man, he has no superpowers to get him out of trouble reliably.
He is as imperfect as the rest of us.
I shall be reading the rest as soon as they are available.
I love this book.
This is his first book and I am not going to say it is perfect in every single way, because that would be untrue. But it is one hell of a damn good debut and is miles better than some who have been at it a lot longer. Over the years Rothfuss will grow and improve, and as a relatively young man in his mid 30s, I hope he has many decades of writing ahead of him. By the time he is George RR Martin's age, I expect him to have produced some of the most unforgettable fantasy books seen in the last 30 years.
As it stands, The Name of the Wind is one of the most memorable fantasy books I've read in several years. There are some rough edges and it took me a little while to get into the story as it was slow at first. Also, at first glance it bears all the familiar hallmarks of a fantasy story that would normally send me running for the hills as if pursued by an angry mob. The book chronicles part of the life of the main character, Kvothe, and it focuses on his early and teenage years as a young boy growing into a man and going out to challenge the world. Without spoiling it the main character has suffered a tragedy and seeks to better understand who or what was responsible and why it happened.
In Rothfuss' novel, which is told in first person by an adult Kvothe to a scribe known as the Chronicler, I see glimpses of an epic story and epic character.Read more ›
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Excellent read - good pace with numerous wonderful characters - would highly recommendPublished 5 days ago by Michael J Dreelan
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