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As an avid adult fantasy reader, out of all the books that I ve been recommended, The Name of the Wind has always been recommended to me the most Google, Goodreads, book reviewing sites, 9gag, even some people who don t read a lot of fantasy books, they have all praised the series highly and now that I ve read it, it s my opinion that the fame is well deserved and there s no doubt that this is truly a fantastic adult high fantasy book.In terms of plot overview, the book is actually highly simplistic Kvothe Kingkiller, Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, the man of many names tells the story of his life to the Chronicler, who will write Kvothe s entire chronicle starting from his childhood up through his present life as an innkeeper in Waystone Inn Kvothe will tell the entire chronicle of his life within three days and The Name of the Wind encompassed only Day 1 of his story That s it, that s really the basic premise of the story You can even call this book a high fantasy memoir if you want It s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head Always All the time That story makes you what you are We build ourselves out of that story Picture Tarbean by Dan Dos SantosIf you haven t read this book yet, you re probably wondering why this book became one of the most highly acclaimed fantasy books of our time Honestly, I have to agree that it s one of the best out there it s amazing and there are a lot of factors in the book that worked so well together towards producing that result However, there s one single element in the book that simply excels above all the others.Is it the characters Could be I mean, this is totally a character driven book and if the characters weren t well written the book would pretty much be screwed The whole book is told only from Kvothe s perspective it s written in third person POV for the present frame, shifting to first person POV during the flashback sequences which means you ll be seeing the first person POV so much than the other Trust me, they are extremely well written Kvothe is a great character and his narrative is wonderfully compelling to read The Name of the Wind is his coming of age tale, covering his life from the time he was eight years old up to his fifteenth year When we are children we seldom think of the future This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind We will read about Kvothe s struggle during this period of time and how his life was an ever changing cycle fortune and disaster Plus, the addition of great side characters such as Bast, Simmone, Elodin and Auri made the book intriguing However, I have to say no, it s not the characters that dazzled the most to me.Is it the world building Well, it s true that the world building is fantastic and intricate, even including its own currency, mythology, legends, songs, and a unique magic system called Sympathy For a fantasy book, somehow all of these addictions seemed so realistic and yet, no, it s not the world building.What is it then, the action No, definitely not Don t come into this book expecting a lot of action, war or great climax scenes, because you ll be massively disappointed The narration is extremely engaging but there are probably only around 20 pages of action scenes in total The Name of the Wind will not pull you into this grand tale of Good vs Evil that can be found in the usual epic fantasy stories where the protagonists struggle against the villains to save the world So no, it s not the actions.It s music the part that captivated me than anything else in the book was its depiction of music Music is a proud, temperamental mistress Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer So I began sleeping less to give her the time she needed There s a huge emphasis on music right from the beginning of the story all the way to the end and let s face it, no matter what the genre is, we are all obsessed with music Music is really integral to the quality of the book it s insane how well written the depiction of music and sounds are in the book I could see the way the fingers and strings dance to form the music I could hear the audience in the tavern cheering when Kvothe played the lute vigorously I could hear the silence of the crowd when Kvothe stopped playing and most of all, I could feel the emotions oozing out of the audience through the music, music that was created specifically through words and letters One of my favorite scene in the book is when The Lay of Sir Savien Traliard , a tragic ballad was performed It s so masterfully written and right now, I have my own perception of how this song should sound in my head and I can t wait to see how that perception compares to Lin Manuel Miranda s rendition of this song for the upcoming TV series adaptation of the book.Picture Playing For His Pipes by Dan Dos SantosIt s really a tricky business to find the right formula that combines all these elements in a book, especially with music being one of them But Rothfuss managed to do it.How did he find the proper balance for all those factors Top notch prose I can t stress this highly enough, there s a glimpse of grace in almost every word you ll find in the book Without Rothfuss s prose, this book would probably receive a 2 or 3 stars rating at most from me Patrick Rothfuss is a master craftsman with words and his prose deserves the highest of praise from me There is a myriad of quotable or should I say Kvothable statements throughout the book that made me feel like writing them all down in my notebook, and yes I did Words are pale shadows of forgotten names As names have power, words have power Words can light fires in the minds of men Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts It s meticulous, brilliantly compelling, beautiful, lyrical, and poetic It s obvious how the fourteen years of revision and editing brought fruition to this marvelous result.By the end of this book, I realized The Name of the Wind has immersed me in an intricate role play situation Through reading this book, I became than myself I am not just the reader who read a masterpiece called The Name of the Wind, I am not the Chronicler who wrote Kvothe s journey, and I am not Kvothe s loyal apprentice I am the one they call Reshi, Bloodless, Six String, and I am the I in the chronicle My name is Kvothe, you may have heard of me Now, I encourage you to read my story.Picture The Name of the Wind by Marc SimonettiYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions I have no interest in imagining I m someone who is stronger, deadlier, smarter, sexier, etc than myself a famed hero in a milqtoast world little different from modern North America I read fantasy to immerse myself in strange worlds ripe with danger and conflict To uncork primal wonders And there is none of that in Rothfuss book His world is about as strange and dangerous as a mashed potato sandwich His protagonist is comically overblown wish fullfillment for people who weren t popular in college I m absolutely mystified that this novel is so highly regarded by so many.I welcome fans of the book to explain its appeal Specifically Writing quality I found the quality of the prose very poor Cliches abound, the author tells rather than shows, and the language is neither poetic nor elegant So for those who find the writing quality high, I d like to hear some examples of writing they feel is poor quality Content I have no interest in wish fullfilment in fiction So what other content does this novel offer me as a reader Is there something in the plot or setting that makes this novel stand out to you as exceptional This is why I love fantasy so much After a recent string of okay fantasy novels, a couple of good ones but nothing to get really excited about, I ve rediscovered my passion thanks to this book I m so impressed, and so in love, I can t begin to describe it But I can try to give you a feel for the book, if I can figure out where to start and how to do justice to this masterpiece.Kvothe pronounced like Quothe is a world renowned figure of mystery with a disreputable reputation a hero or a demon depending on which stories you hear The real man has hidden himself away at an inn in the middle of nowhere with his apprentice Bast we know not why and it s not until the Chronicler discovers him there that he shows any interest in reliving his past life Insisting that his story will take three days to tell, and that the famous chronicler must write it down exactly as he tells it, he begins to share his story a child genius growing up with his parents troupe, performing plays and tricks across the land while being taught sympathy magic , history, chemistry etc by a tinker, Abenthy, who had been to the University to ending up homeless and penniless on the streets of Treban, a big port city It s not until he s fifteen that he makes it to the University, and is accepted, though he s three years younger than is usual Abenthy has taught him well, and combined with his impressive memory, natural talent, quick intelligence and training, he moves quickly up the ranks of the university.There are many adventures and mishaps along the way, and while some plotlines come to a tidy end at the close of this novel, over arching plotlines and themes have been given a solid foundation to continue on into the next books It took a surprisingly long time for me to realise the connection between the number of days he will take to tell his story, and that this is Day One in the trilogy it s told over the course of the first day The only thing is, he s young yet Chronicler judges him to be about 25, though at times he looks infintely older , and there are things happening in real time that intrude upon the story, that will need to be resolved I think so while I have every confidence Rothfuss has excellent control over his creation, I would love than three books I can t think of the last time I was this impressed by any story, let alone a fantasy novel I won t compare it to bloody George R.R Martin like everyone else is doing because I don t see that they have anything in common, really one is a work of pure genius and the other is utter crap Comparing them only heightens my dislike of A Game of Thrones In truth, it s simply a marketing strategy to compare new books to ones that are already really popular, in order to draw in a well established audience This is an epic fantasy epic in scope but it s also a bildungsroman, a story of a person s life, a life journey including the quiet moments , which I love The character development is ludicrously good The world building is solid, believable and original there re enough new elements to keep your interest, but not so many that you get confused and overwhelmed a perfect balance The design of sympathy is original and unique, and makes so much sense that I m half surprised it doesn t really work It s complicated enough to not be trite, but one basic premise is the connection between things, the sympathy they have with each other if you broke a branch in two, the two halves would still have a connection, like sharing the exact same DNA, and so if you control one half you affect the other half Same with two pennies of the same metal, so that, if you were holding one and someone holding the other and they worked a binding on their half, and, say, lifted it in the air, then your penny would also lift It s fabulous It s an intellectual kind of magic, not a wave the wand type It takes knowledge, concentration and effort, so in effect, anyone could learn.As for the characters and their growth, I am so impressed and so in love I will no doubt do a bad job of expressing it While Kvothe s story is told in his voice, first person, the present day interludes are told in third person omniscient, but usually from certain characters points of view You get a mix of other people s impressions of characters, and a gentle showing that tells us even The genius is in how Kvothe is portrayed while telling the story, himself as a young boy, already having experienced tragedy and sorrow and despair, and already feeling the weight of worldly concerns, but still with a lot to learn, comes across strongly This is counter balanced with Kvothe as a man, having been through all that and and had it shape him into something subtly different, yet still very much the same person If it had been written poorly, there would have been discord between the two Kvothes, but there isn t He has so much charisma, and is such a complex sort, that I really felt for him I may even have a bit of crush, actually He s not good or evil, but he s suffering from a conscience he s very human, and lonely, despite the friendship of Bast At the same time, he s a god like figure, an amazing musician, a skilled fighter, and a powerful magician One moment he s commanding and chillingly masterful, the next he s doing Bast s bidding and fetching food and cutting wood for others I expect it s his contradictions and complexities that draw me to him.The writing style is smooth, the pacing just right though the first few chapters take a while to get you into the story, you still need to read them closely because there re a lot of details in them , and the prose isn t cluttered with boring, irrelevant descriptions or pointless details It s a fat book and a long story, but it flies by While it needed better proofreading there were a lot of problems with dialogue punctuation there were a few lazy typos he never once used a semicolon when he should have and he always used lay instead of laid but hey, at least he was consistent the prose itself is engaging, often humorous, detailed but not overly so, and never boring I also loved the little songs and ditties that are included, and the stories within Kvothe s story.Likewise, the way he doles out the various plots, revealing and hinting at the right moments, building up tension and anticipation, giving clues that start to coalesce into a stunning picture, is, frankly, impressive The supporting cast, while not as fully explored as Kvothe it is his story, after all , are in their own ways vividly portrayed and gradually explored There s no chunky exposition or a description of a character shoved at you all at once It s a show not tell kind of book, appreciating the intellect of its audience and our ability to figure things out for ourselves Nicely done There was a while there, when I was reading, that the prose gave me the same kind of thrill as reading a sex scene in a romance novel might but it could have just been the excitment of the story.One last thing though I could go on forever I loved what he did with dragons I won t spoil it by saying , just that it s original and delightful this coming from someone who s been known to get a mite bored by dragons in fantasy.I would easily recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, but also to people who enjoy great stories told wonderfully well As many non fantasy readers loved Harry Potter, they would also love this book. I ll give this 5 with no begrudging I m pretty easy with my 5 , they re not reserved for the best book I ve ever read, just very good books I thought The Name of the Wind was very good I read it in what for me was a very short span of time it had that ish quality that best sellers need.Can I see what makes this the single best selling epic fantasy for a generation apart from George Martin s series No Excepting that perhaps the lesson is that to be head and shoulders above your competition in sales all you need is to be better by a nose after that the non linear dynamics of the market take over and elevate you to godhood.I loved the writing, and that s very important to me Rothfuss often treads the thin line between prose and poetry, and fortunately it s excellent poetry that he brushes up against The quality of the writing breathes magic into even fairly ordinary scenes, and makes some of the important ones extraordinary.The story itself is mostly compelling It uses the reverse of the device I saw recently in Blood Song of a framing story that s not in the first person, delivering up a first person narrative Our hero, Kvothe has bags of attitude and is a total genius at everything To balance out his all power we have his poverty, bad luck, tendency to dig himself into a hole, and his powerful enemies Kvothe s real powerful enemy sits in the background as a motivator presumably story for books 2 3 while his school boy adversary at the university fills in for bad guy for most of the book.Like Blood Song, and many other really successful books, TNOTW is at its core a school story Harry Potter, Wizard of Earthsea etc all feature magic schools, for Blood Song and Enders Game it was a battle school, but the point is that the schools lessons masters combo sells bucket loads if you write it really well and plumb it into a compelling larger picture.With magic the school system also provides a painless way of educating your readers in the magic system you have by virtue of it being delivered through formal education elected to use.Was there anything wrong with it For me the whole and then I broke another string and I was very hungry and dirty in Tarbean sections were rather slow and lengthy I understand their role in the story but they felt overplayed And at the end the whole business with the draccus felt tangential and diluted the endgame for me But no, nothing of great significance.A final observation throughout the book we like Kvothe are constantly aware of money Kvothe s poverty is a driver and source of tension He is constantly coming into money, losing it, incurring costs We almost know the contents of his purse at any time and the price of all his needs To me this was very reminiscent of Dostoyevsky s work and to a lesser extent, Dickens where a similar focus on the number of coins in our character s pocket is maintained and the need to cover their expenses drives much of the story.In short though, given the impossible level of expectation built up by years of hearing how incredible this book is the text made a very good attempt to live up to its reputation.Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.. Okay Wow Let s back the hell up here How is this so highly rated Are those genre establishment reviewers who re thrashing about in paroxysms of fawning five star NEXT BIG THING OMG joy wearing blinders or just so used to mediocre fantasy that this book actually comes across looking good in comparison Why do these high fantasy disappointments keep on keeping on Whose brilliant idea was it to throw around the GRRM and Harry Potter comparisons, thereby actually getting me to waste my pennies on this book when the money could ve been better spent, I dunno, on some new dish sponges or perhaps bundled together into a lump sum donation to the Feminist Fantasy Writer Foundation And for God s sake, why do male fantasy writers always write about do everything, know it all male heroes who vanquish dragons, defeat their conniving rivals, strangle angels, and literally walk through fires carrying weeping females over their shoulders like sacks of potatoes HE WALKS THROUGH A FIRE GUYS WITH A GIRL SLUNG OVER HIS SHOULDERS LIKE JESUS CHRIST OR SOMETHING AKJGALGJLSJLAG W.T.F.For one, the protagonist is an insufferable little shit He s the best musician, the best dueler, the best test taker, the fastest learner, the snarkiest snarker, and the best actor Plus he s got the greenest eyes too And an encyclopedic knowledge of everything there is to know, ever And a tragic past His one handicap is that he s dirt poor, but hey That s okay, because he s so awesome it hardly matters Well, to be hair, it is a fairly severe handicap But that doesn t make up for his infuriating lack of weakness in basically every other area of his life To echo an earlier review, I really was waiting for someone to hip check this guy into a mud bog Or a moat full of voracious alligators Yay, the end To be sure, Rothfuss is very self conscious about his story making I lost count of the number of times he wrote, If this were a story, Kvothe would be serenading Denna on his magical lute with a red rose clenched between his teeth But it s not, which is why he s blushing and stammering but still, amazingly, Getting the Girl And the language Okay What I understand this is fantasy, so it s gotta have the ponderous, stentorian, And Twas it Was that Haldorian Son of Keoth Arbalith Returned to the Great Stone Tower of Gothalas to embrace his weeping elven bride Tolkien vibe, and that Rothfuss was a substitute high school teacher all his life and didn t graduate from the much touted Iowa workshop with an awesome literary degree of MFA awesomeness, but jesus, put a cap on it, please Like, the cheapass cliff hangers that end one chapter only to resolve in the very next paragraph And this following paragraph, which I especially earmarked out of boggle eyed feelings of what the fuckery Deoch, my heart is made of stronger stuff than glass When she strikes she ll find it strong as iron bound brass, or gold and adamant together mixed Don t think I am unaware, some startled deer to stand transfixed by hunter s horns It s she who should take care, for when she strikes, my heart will make a sound to beautiful and bright that it can t help but bring her back to me in winged flight A moment of wondering silence for how this drivel actually managed to avoid excision via enraged editor.Not to go on an embittered, long winded rant or anything too late for that , but this book represents pretty much everything I hate about high fantasy There s the utter paucity of strong female characters The cardboard villainy of the baddies The lack of real dimension besides character typeness The never ending leveling up of powers The protagonist who can do no wrong The frankly boring, and sometimes hair raisingly clich d, use of language Also, the lack of females You know what this book makes me want to do Smash the patriarchy Oh my god I think this guy needs to sit at the feet of Joss Whedon or George R.R Martin and learn something worthwhile. I kinda liked this book But my opinion on the matter probably shouldn t be trusted. 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. Words are pale shadows of forgotten names As names have power, words have power Words can light fires in the minds of men Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts There are seven words that will make a person love you There are ten words that will break a strong man s will But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire A name is the fire itself Okay, there are books andthen there are BOOKS I guess this said it actually doesn t take a lot to figure that The Name of the Wind definitely was one of those books that falls into the latter category This was such a wonderful and perfect read So compelling and lovely It captivated me from the very first page and with each and every single line it grew even on me I fell in love with this masterpiece and I swear I love it so much now that I didn t even want to return it to the library Every fibre of my being ached at the mere thought of giving it back and the reluctance I felt when I handed it back to the librarian was almost overwhelming Needless to say, I had to give it back though Also needless to say, I immediately went to and bought myself my own copy LOL So yeah, I finally broke my book buying ban but seriously, I need to possess this book I guess I ll just pass it off as a birthday present to myself P Really, I had no other choice than to buy it, my life definitely wouldn t be complete without this book in my shelf XD Yes, it s that dramatic If you ever read it you ll hopefully understand what I mean lol I m sure by now you all wonder what made this book so special for me and I decided to break my usual review routine to give you the answers you re searching for Yes, you read right Plural Answers Because there are so many damn good reasons to read this book I just can t name only one XDSo here we go Let s find out how many reasons I m able to come up with lol I m pretty curious myself 1 The marvellous and brilliant execution of the narration We have two different time and story lines and the way they are interwoven with each other is just amazing One plotline deals with Kvothe s youth and his time at the University while the other one describes his current life Patrick you get kudos for pulling this off so nicely P2 The endless wisdom of this book Everyone who knows me knows I m a sucker for quotes and oh boy did this book deliver 333 I AM COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY IN LOVE with Patrick s wisdom and his unique way with words I m so besotted with it, it s almost scary Etiquette is a set of rules people use so they can be rude to each other in public Nothing but the truth could break me What is harder than the truth You re clever We both know that But you can be thoughtless A clever, thoughtless person is one of the most terrifying things there is We understand how dangerous a mask can be We all become what we pretend to be 3 The magic system I loved the idea and how it was described You need a lot of basic and deeper knowledge to be able to do magic in this book and I think it s fascinating how everything is connected somehow Alone the use of Sympathy was already so complex it was almost a whole science of its own and I really have no idea how they were even able to do something like that I might have gotten accepted into Hogwarts, but I m fairly certain I d have never made it into the University LOL 4 The way music and stories are such an integral part of The Name of the Wind Is Patrick a musician himself I can t help but wonder, because he sooo nailed our representation I swear I never felt so understood It s like he knows what moves us and what makes us tick Just wonderful 333 view spoiler I always died a slow death whenever someone broke Kvothe s lute TT At first the one from his father and then the one he bought in the shop Gosh, it was always so painful when he was robbed of his music My heart bled so much for him and it quite literally hurt my artistic soul Urgh Pat can we keep from crushing music instruments in the next book Please making huge puppy eyes hide spoiler MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List IT WAS NIGHT AGAIN The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking If there had been a wind it would have sighed through the trees, set the inn s sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves This is only part of the prologue to THE NAME OF THE WIND that drew me right in, the whole prologue was so beautifully written it pulled me right into the book I would never had found this amazing book if I wasn t watching a youtube video about books and then looking it up on goodreads to see that so many of my friends loved it I immediately bought it and I m just blown away I CAN NOT BELIEVE this was Patrick Rothfuss debut novel Who writes like this Why can t I write like this Ye gods, this book is beyond amazing, Rothfuss writing style is amazing It flows like water, I have only thought this once before reading a novel This is a big tome of a book with 700 pages and there is not one moment of boredom or dragging NOT ONE MOMENT.I am totally in love with Kvothe The Bloodless He is telling his story from his Inn to a chronicler We get to learn about Kvothe s story from when he was a child There is a tragedy in young Kvothe s life and he lives on the streets for a few years, he finds some friends and they help each other Kvothe does have to resort to stealing and begging but what would you do when you have nothing, but he is a smart boy and he is kind He finds a way to help himself out and decides he s going to University But it s the little kindnesses of people and Kvothe himself that touch my heart He turned his back on me and started to tidy his workbench rather aimlessly, humming to himself It took me a second to recognize the tune Leave the Town, Tinker I knew that he was trying to do me a favor, and a few days ago I would have jumped at the opportunity for free shoes But for some reason I didn t feel right about it I quietly gathered up my things and left a pair of copper jots on his stool before I left Why Because pride is a strange thing, and because generosity deserves generosity in return But mostly because it felt like the right thing to do, and that is reason enough Brings a damn tear to my eye Well, a lot of the book brings a tear to my eye and of course I wanted to kill a certain person named Ambrose but we won t go there Kvothe plays the lute He s very good at it and it helps him out on many occasions when he is strapped for money when he gets into University And get in he does, through being smart he s so smart to do the things that he does to get into the University and to stay there I mean a poor boy who walked around part of his life without shoes and just trying to make it through the nights outside in the freezing cold with little to eat He made it and he struggles and he s fierce and he s a hero Every time someone brought him down he came back up He never gave up He is the best kind of hero, a kind person but he does get the best of some evil people when he has to and I love it, oh how I love it I m really glad Kvothe found a couple of really good friends at the school because he had so much against him So many bad things would happen, but like I said, he would find a way to rise back up He even found a love interest but it didn t really get to go anywhere but that is another story Let me just throw in two EXCERPTS I can t help myself, the book has so many good stuff it s hard to pick just a few I paused However, at this moment I have two jots in my purse and nowhere in the world to get than that I have nothing worth selling that I haven t already sold Admit me for than two jots and I will not be able to attend Admit me for less and I will be here every day, while every night I will do what it takes to stay alive while I study here I will sleep in alleys and stables, wash dishes for kitchen scraps, beg pennies to buy pens I will do whatever it takes I said the last words fiercely, almost snarling them But admit me free, and give me three talents so I can live and buy what I need to learn properly, and I will be a student the likes of which you have never seen before There was a half breath of silence, followed by a thunderous clap of a laugh from Kilvin HA he roared If one student in ten had half his fire I d teach with a whip and a chair instead of chalk and slate He brought his hand down hard on the table in front of him You can t help but be proud of Kvothe and his determination to get what he wants and doing anything to get it Another part showing how nice and good he is, he gives a simple girl a charm to make her feel better Now it s tuned to you, I said No matter what, no matter where it is, it will protect you and keep you safe You could even break it and melt it down and the charm would still hold She threw her arms around me and kissed my cheek Then stood suddenly, blushing No longer pale and stricken, her eyes were bright I hadn t noticed before, but she was beautiful She left soon after that and I sat for a while on my bed thinking Over the last month I had pulled a woman from a blazing inferno I had called fire and lightening down on assassins and escaped to safety I had even killed something that could have either been a dragon or demon, depending on your point of view But there in that room was the first time I actually felt like any sort of hero If you are looking for a reason for the man I would eventually become, if you are looking for a beginning, look here For the love of God, if you haven t read this book and love these kinds of high fantasy novels, READ IT If you have had it on your shelf debating on reading it, READ IT If you have never heard of it up until now, buy it and READ IT It s one of the best and it s on my favorites list now just look on Goodreads, there it is, under favorites There are soooo many wonderful characters in this book, even the ones we only meet for awhile And yes there are evil ones, but that s the way of a great book Simply amazing I think we should stop in at the Waystone Inn and have a pint and talk for a bit I also bought the second book on the same day because I could at the time and I knew I would love these books I just knew it When I began reading this, I did so with a yawn It initially appeared quite basic and completely uninspiring I almost stopped reading after twenty five pages, shocking I know If I did that it would have been a massive mistake because this is one of the best fantasy novels published in the last twenty years Those first few pages did nothing to encourage me, but as soon as I realised that this is, essentially, a story about a story, I was hooked of Rothfuss magic.This series has such a huge scope Kvothe s story isn t something that is told lightly it is told carefully and with precision Rothfuss has spent a lot of time setting this up, and in the process has created a lot of apprehension Let me explain myself, Kvothe is telling his story to a chronicler who is writing down every last word He is telling his story in the manner of a master bard who knows how superior his own tale is he knows that his life was somewhat eventful to say the least The reader, like the listeners, cannot prize themselves away from it This was such an extraordinary clever technique I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings I burned down the town of Trebon I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep You may have heard of me A man of many talents and woes Kvothe certainly hasn t had it easy At the beginning of the book we hear about this man who has become a living legend we hear about this man who is hero worshiped and revered Kvothe s nature suggests that his feats were achieved with ease, but his story tells the truth of it here is the tale of an aracanist who had to struggle and fight his for everything he ever earnt This may seem a little contradictory when considering his superb natural talents, but when he was a boy he lost everything he had no family he had no friends he had no books, and most importantly, in this world, he had absolutely no money He is naturally proficient at magic and all things academic he is clearly someone who belongs at the university However, tuitions fees cost, and he is a lowly beggar living on the streets of Trebon Thus, a tale of hardship, magic and the struggle to survive unfolds Rothfuss has Kvothe narrate it is such a way that you are listening in earnest for every word he makes you feel like you are sitting in the Wayward Inn with the chronicler and Bast he makes you feel like you are there as he tells his life story he makes you feel like you are hearing the legendary Kvothe reveal his secrets for the first time Of magic, music and women Try as hard as he might Kvothe could never fully repress the horrors of his past He was separated in a most brutal manner from his parents, one that made him almost forget who he was However, a likeminded storyteller brought him back to himself, which sent him on the path to the university He slowly starts to remember the magic he learnt as a boy he starts to realise, again, what he is capable of He digs up his past and uses it to make him stronger Indeed, through re learning the music of his youth he finds solace and a way to pay his tuition fees He begins to grow up and, in addition to this, he finds an unexpected friend through the power of his lute When we are children we seldom think of the future This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind I really do love the way this story is told Throughout there is the constant feeling of impending disaster, but I think Rothfuss has saved much of Kvothe s story for the next books He has paced this series in such a clever way The way in which he reveals the truth behind the legends, which have been made of Kvothe s deeds, can only be summed up as brilliantly humorous He did sleigh a dragon and he did burn down Trebon However, these acts were not in the conventional sense, though he did technically do both it made me laugh For me, this series has everything It is an interesting magic system that is both complicated and difficult to master it has a protagonist who is very well written and is deep in sensibility And to top it off, he has three mistresses magic, music and women He tries to balance the three, but often fails extraordinarily That doesn t matter though because this has one of the best romances I ve read in fantasy, and I do wonder if it will be fulfilled or forgotten Can I please come and study at the university The world in which this is set is developed and wonderfully written At the end of this book, I simply wanted to join the university and explore its archives This place has books that can be read in a life time it is packed full of tomes of every variety I have a soft spot for novels that take the time to describe books and libraries, and, in the process, share a love of reading For me, this made the university a rather desirable location, even if several staff members are confrontational and directly seek rivalries with students This story was, simply put, excellent There are perhaps a mere handful of fantasy novels that I ve enjoyed reading as much as this To my mind, Rothfuss has than earnt his reputation I m so glad this book lived up to the hype, and I hope the rest of the series is as every bit as grand as its opener The Kingkiller Chronicle1 The Name of the Wind A jaw dropping five stars 2 The Wise Man s Fear A messy four stars2.5 A Slow Regard for Silent Things A terrible one star