The Name of the Wind was a mesmerising journey that was utterly enjoyable!
"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."
This was my first time reading The Name of the Wind, and I had high expectations when I started. Wow, were those hopes reached and surpassed!
The impressive aspects of this book are countless. From unique characters, to interesting plot and fantastic world building. There was no weakness or piece that was lacking. This was a masterpiece!
The Name of the Wind is a large novel that numbered over 700 pages in the edition I read. But despite its size, there was no dull moment for me. There was constantly something happening. Be it character development, or a plot twist, or historical content. I was left wishing the book was even longer, so do not let the size phase you!
"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."
When I started reading this book, I was instantly struck by the incredible prose of Rothfuss. His style of writing is so smooth, and fluid, and poetic. It was wonderful to read and glide from page to page with the constant enjoyment I received from his writing.
One of the strongest aspects of the book was the characters. It follows the story of one character who is reminiscing about his past, Kvothe. So there is a lot of time and development dedicated to him, which quickly established him as one of my favourite characters of the fantasy genre. The rest of the cast was also great with a wide range of personalities, from the crazy but hilarious Master Elodin, to Simmon, one of Kvothe's friends.
It's like everyone tells a story about themselves in their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story."
The plot was interlined with major and minor events that created a great balance, allowing the tension to build as character development took place and I became more and more intrigued. This was another marvellous part of the story that was never weak and was always leading onto something better.
The Name of the Wind is one of my favourite books of all time. It has one of the best writing styles I have encountered. Had excellent characters throughout. An immersive plot. What more could you ask for? I would change nothing in this book!
All of the stars in the sky for my favorite book.
There are very few books that combine both plot and prose in a way that burrows into my soul and becomes part of me. This book is one of those few.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
The Wise Man’s Fear had all the potential to be better than The Name of the Wind and although this is still a great book, putting it in comparison with its prequel show how this one fell short in quality.