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This review is from: The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle): 1 (Paperback)
Now one of my favourite fantasy novels after only finishing it yesterday. Kvothe is a fantastically involving and exciting main character, and most of the minor characters are hardly less so. In the build up to the appearance of Kvothe's love interest, I was very sceptical and prepared to dislike her. She was being build up to be The Perfect Woman and I was rolling my eyes. However, Rothfuss did not let me down. I ended up loving her almost, if not as much as Kvothe, and I can't wait to find out more about her. A very intriguing, mysterious and tortured young woman, and not in any typical, cliched way.
Other favourite characters include Bast, who, though he doesn't appear much throughout the novel, is also very intriguing and endearingly loyal to Kvothe. I was also personally very drawn to Elodin - once again a very mysterious character, and exceedingly eccentric. I'm not sure how much more we'll see of him in the following novels, but I hope to see at least a little backstory for him before we leave him behind.
All in all, although it's rather long, I was very rarely disinterested in what was going on. Occasionally we have cuts to the present day where Kvothe is telling his story, which caused some frustration on my part where all I wanted to do was find out more about the events he has been narrating. However, these little snippets are equally interesting and become ever more important to the story as a whole.
I highly reccommend The Name of the Wind to anyone who enjoys fantasy, magic and adventure, character driven stories. It really won't be a waste of your time.