Title: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle (Book 1 of 3+)
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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.
Who the hell is Kvothe? This is the question that will accompany us for all the initial part of the book and I really liked how they decided to narrate the past of this innkeeper. It really gets you into the story with this escamotage!
However after a nice start for me ended up losing its appeal until the school part, where my interest was reignited. It didn’t last long however and with the beginning of the part dedicated to the girl (I won’t say anything more to avoid spoilers but if you read it or when you are going to read it you will understand when you reach this part) it lost me again.
I have to admit that I felt like being wrong for the whole time while reading this book. I wasn’t able to understand why such an acclaimed story that was also recommended to me by a lot of people I know (even from my girlfriend) ended up saying nothing to me. I felt wrong because I wasn’t able to say this part is bad because of this or it is boring for that… I was simply reading and not getting entertained by it.
I think this is also the first time where I find myself getting annoyed but almost all the characters of a book and the ones I’m not getting tilted by are almost insignificant to the story and so you don’t get too see them much.
A thing I noticed is that there seems to be reference to religions and popular traditions: like a god reincarnating as the child of a virgin woman or there is an event that really reminded me of the Krampus runs.
Mind me, this book is not bad at all but for some unknown motivation it didn’t strike my chords. I strongly recommend to all of you to try reading it yourselves but I personally don’t think I will continue reading the next books of the series.