The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Write on: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 by  in Petros' Reviews Read 6084

Read from April 20 to 26, 2016

What a truly wonderful book... It's a rare thing to find a true master of words among the modern fantasy nowadays.I consider Rothfuss to be one of the top 5 new era fantasy authors, alongside with Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks & Mark Lawrence.

The story was not perfect, and i will elaborate by describing (without spoilers) the general plot. I don't usually do that in my reviews, since what i want to offer you is my opinion & rating, not a summary, but i feel i have to do it, so you'll understand where i'm going.

"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."

The plot-line is more or less the same as Vaelin's in the Blood Song. A now older protagonist (Kvothe) happens to meet with the most famous Chronicler of the country (or perhaps the world), and gets to narrate his life story. Here is the first flaw. Whatever you read, whatever happens, you know the protagonist is safe and well in the end.

Kvothe makes a deal with the Chronicler. He (the Chronicler) will not change a single word of his story, and Kvothe will need 3 days to completely narrate it. By the end of the book, only one day has passed, so we get to assume that there will be 2 more books. 

So far so good, until i tell you that the first book ends with Kvothe in his first year in University, at the age of 15. Yes, that's right. A whole book, 700 pages of it, about a 15yo. I was expecting a Blood Song's timeline (starting as a kid, ending as a young man in an important war or something), and i got a Harry Potter's one. The story was very slow for my liking, and there were a lot of paths taken that i didn't want to follow.

By now you are probably wondering, if he didn't like the story that much, why did he gave it 5 stars? The answer is simple. The 5 stars are not for the plot, but for the narrating. It simply is one of the most well written fantasy books i have read in my life. Even if you don't like the protagonist, even if you find the story kinda boring or slow, you simply CANT STOP READING. As i said above, Rothfuss is truly a master of words. He captivates your mind, and you unconsciously follow him in his own reality.

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