Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Genre: Heroic Fantasy, Fiction
“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 the day. I have talked to Gods, loved women,
and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.”
Book 1 of a trilogy yet to be completed. The “Name of the Wind” is a book I recommend to anyone who grew up reading tales of fantastical beasts, mighty heroes, and epic adventures or otherwise. The book follows the life and legend of Kvothe. Kvothe, the Bloodless. Kvothe, the Arcane and Kvothe, the Kingkiller. He’s charming, he’s dramatic, and he’s a master musician.
But that’s not how we meet him, oh no. We meet him as Kote. Kote, the innkeeper. He is a silent man, a tired man, who runs a small inn in a small town, merely a shadow of his own legendary self. A man waiting to die.
We learn of Kvothe’s story through his own words as he recounts it. And the story maintains a constant mystery on how Kvothe became Kote, of how a legend became a mere innkeeper. The story is set in the fantasy world of Temerant, which slowly takes shape as our hero explores it.
I’ve read this book more number of times than I would care to admit but it’s surprising how I manage to find something new that I missed previously. Just goes to show the care and intimacy Patrick Rothfuss put into writing his debut novel.
A must-read for anyone who is a fan of Harry Potter or Game of Thrones franchise. A book that took me through a tornado of emotions but never disappointed.