The Name of the Wind | 4 star review
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Published by Penguin Group DAW
Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
The Name of the Wind was one of the books of my 2018 Books I Need to Read, and I thought, seeing as it’s a long’un to get it out of the way sooner rather than later. Plus I have been in the mood for an adult book more often than not, so it fit the bill! I know I’ve given it a 4 star but that should be nearer a 4.5 – I loved this story and the way it all weaved together, the narration was really well done and the detail was phenomenal.
However, I will say I was expecting maybe just a little more action in The Name of the Wind, and that this book felt a little like a really long filler chapter. Like a REALLY good filler chapter but filler none the less. I know that there is a sequel, so I will definitely be picking that one up, but I hope it’s more satisfying that this ending because there is no sign of book three yet!
I have to say Kvothe really drew my attention and his way of narrating his story was well written, filled with beautiful language, plus there was a FREAKING dragon, and I just can’t. This book made me feel as though I was back at university but at the same time totally in awe of the different complex magic systems. It was something I truly adored about this book, I could continue to ramble aimlessly about all of this but I will end on… This book has the innate ability to be utterly relateable one second to blowing that completely out of the water the next.
I do wish that Denna hadn’t have been such a huge part of The Name of the Wind, she was great for some parts but others she drove me made, plus I thought she took away from the actual story that I wanted to read about, which was Kvothe.
Plus can we please just have more information about the Chandrian, and more Bast in the second book, because maan, did I want more. I think I ship Kvothe and Bast more than I could ever ship Kvothe and Denna, it’s an issue. One that I’m completely fine with.
I would recommend this book to anyone who listened, I adored everything about it and cannot wait for payday so I can run out and grab the next in the series. I might even save it for when we fly out to America. It can be my treat on the 10-hour flight.
Let me know if you have read this series, is the second book as elusive with the answers to the oh-so-many questions I have? I’d love to hear about it!