The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1
Book Published by DAW Trade
Publish Date: January 1, 2007
Source: Library (print) & Audible.com (audio)
MY NAME IS KVOTHE.
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. –(excerpt from summary on back jacket)
My Thoughts: There is nothing that I can say on this blog post that can tell you how much I loved this book, so just know that before you go any further. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is absolutely one of the best recommendations I’ve ever received in my entire life. For a person who loves high fantasy and doesn’t mind a longer story, this series is perfect.
I took practically FOREVER with this book.
*It should also be noted that I re-read/re-listened to several entire chapters several times because I loved them so much, which made my reading time longer. One example of this was, I think, Chapter 7, which includes the summary I included above. I’m talking about when Kvothe was giving a brief explanation of exactly who he is. I think I listened to that chapter via audio four times alone, not counting how many times I read it in print. Perhaps I have a problem?
(which I love love love)
Please feel free to discuss this with me or correct me.
The book starts out with sort of a BANG! and in this event, we meet Chronicler. Through this meeting, Kvothe starts to tell his story, which means that he goes way back in time to the beginning of “his story” – when he was a young boy – and he works his way forward. At the end of the first book, one entire day has taken place – one day of Kvothe telling his story to Chronicler, and they decide they are ready to break for the day and pick back up the next day (which is where book two will start, I presume).
Regarding Kvothe’s story – Of course, being such a big fantasy tale, something happens to Kvothe early on that sets him on a quest that lasts throughout the length of this book, and potentially his life. This is where the nasty good vs. evil comes to play – Kvothe being the good, spends years trying to find a certain group, which is evil. Along the way, we meet his friends and his enemies. We see how he grew up and how he went to University. We see how he was so smart he was able to outsmart anyone he wanted to or needed to. We see him fall in love and we see people fall in love with him.
This is the story of Kvothe’s life in the form high fantasy, my favorite, and The Name of the Wind is only part of his story. And oh my goodness gracious, I can’t wait to start the next book!
BUT…in this case, I recommend it. Let me explain.
HOWEVER…Since it was my first time with this story AND since it is fantasy – I needed the print copy to go along with it. So I checked the book out from the library and literally followed along with the audio for some parts of the story. For other parts, I used the book to actually SEE the stranger-sounding words that the reader was saying. (I have to visualize an odd name, be it a person’s name or the name of a place or something. For example, when the city of Tarbean or the tavern Eolian came up, I needed to SEE that junk written out when I heard it over and over. Y’all understand what I’m saying? Probably not. Just know that I’m quirky and we’ll just leave it at that.)
ALSO…the reader for this story is the one-and-only Nick Podehl, who is incredibly fabulous and is probably in the top three or four of my favorite readers, ever. Podehl not only never flinches when these wonky names come up, but he has an accent for every character that is perfect for them, and he carries these accents and personalities throughout the length of the book. He sings when he is supposed to sing, and he reads with the emotions that are appropriate for the scenes of the story. OH YES, AND HIS VOICE IS LIKE WOW. Sugary sweet, you guys.
I wasn’t expecting the ending that came with The Name of the Wind. It sort of came from nowhere. But I really loved it. By the end of the book, when everyone retires to bed for the evening, we’ve reverted back to the time and scene in which we began. And doggone it if another big event doesn’t happen. It kind of shakes things up a bit and leaves readers with their mouths hanging wide open. Or at least that’s what it did to me. I loved this, when normally I don’t really love endings like this. So why this time? Because whenever I’m ready, so is The Wise Man’s Fear, right there for the taking, because it’s already out.
If you are a fan of Award-Winning books, you’re in for a special treat because The Name of the Wind received the Alex Award (my favorite award!) in 2008. This means that even though it is technically written as an adult book, it has received a particular interest among young adults.Whether you choose to read in print or listen in audio, I feel like you will love The Name of the Wind, particularly if you are a fan of fantasy. The audiobook version was produced by Brilliance Audio on May 3, 2009 and is 27 hours, 58 minutes long. It is read by the fabulous Nick Podehl, who did the book brilliant justice as his voice for reading Kvothe and all of the other characters was perfect.
High Fantasy/Epic Fantasy & Science Fiction
INCREDIBLE Storytelling – Coming-of-Age, Travels, Adventures, Romance, Heartache
INCREDIBLE Male Leading Character, Just Incredible
INCREDIBLE Setting – Four Corners of Civilization, WOOHOO!
Good vs. Evil
*This book has everything.
And it is awesome.
is currently available for purchase.
What’s your favorite fantasy stories/series?