Review: The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’m at a loss for words with this one. I really don’t know what to say and where to start.

The name of the wind is about a man called Kvothe. His name is well-known as he grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The story starts when Kvothe was just a little kid. He lived with his parents in a troupe of travelling players. That’s when Kvothe encounters Abenthy on the road. An arcanist. Abenthy becomes Kvothe’s teacher. But then something terrible happens and Kvothe is on his own. His dream was to get into the university and the archives. After spending years as an orphan in a terrible and dangerous city, he makes his way to the university. He gets admitted and a lot of great adventures begin from there on.

This book is just fantastic. The writing style of Patrick Rothfuss is smooth, lovely to read and very detailed and descriptive. Just the right amount of it, so it’s not overly done. Although the story, is mostly a little slow, it is still very interesting. Patrick Rothfuss created a story with multiple layers. It’s not just a simple story. No there is a lot going on and there are multiple stories being told at the same time and coming together. But it’s still action-packed at the same time. I honestly liked every adventure that happened to Kvothe. They were all exciting and different and they felt just right. Like it was a biography of a real person’s life. Just perfect.

In Kvothe’s life there’s a lot of things going wrong. He has been through some terrible things at a very young age, which made him already live with loss and sorrow. I got mad at some points, because things were keep going wrong and I just wished for him to let things turn out the right way just once. But all this made the euphoria and joy when something did go right a lot bigger, which made me feel a whole lot better.

Throughout most of the book Kvothe is a young boy. He is brilliant, but still has got a lot to learn. We all have been or are still quite young and that’s a big reason I could relate to him in a lot of situations. I understood the things he did, his emotions and his decisions. Although they weren’t always the best ones and the most rational things to do, you can’t blame him.

thenameofthewind2In the other part of the book, Kvothe is a grown man and you get to know slowly what he has become like after all the things he has been through. And it’s rather different than the person he was as a kid. Very interesting to read.

Another interesting aspect of the book, in my opinion, is that the story of his life is been told from the perspective of young Kvothe, while the part of the grown Kvothe is been told in third person. You even get to experience the view of the other characters.

The characters in this book are amazing. They are very diverse and present. One of the characters I loved the most, beside Kvothe, was Denna of course. She is such a mystery. She’s hard to find, but she will always come back to Kvothe. She can be cruel in her own way, but yet she is so lovely. A very complicated and interesting character with a terrible past herself that made her into the person she has become. I liked every single character in this book. I even thought that the mean characters were just as good. They really annoyed me.

Patrick Rothfuss also created a wonderful world. A world with magic like you have never seen before. It’s so different from the rest and I liked the idea of it a lot. It’s been called sympathy and it’s very complicated but every part of it makes sense.

He has turned some other traditional things into something very unique, but I’m not going to spoil, so you have to read for yourself.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that it ended. And it was a rather very abrupt ending for one of the stories. So the only thing I need now is book two and I need it soon.

“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.”

Rating: ★★★★★

The name of the wind / Patrick Rothfuss / Gollancz / 2007 / 662 pages / ISBN 9780575081406

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