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.
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
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!
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