Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind

book-binding-mustreadEver since reading the A Song of Ice and Fire (on TV, A Game of Thrones) series, new fantasy series have oftentimes seemed lackluster in comparison. Finally, I have found a new novel that honestly deserves as much attention as George Martin’s series has been receiving. Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One) is a novel that is accessible to just about everyone who enjoys fictional literature. The series is less politically focused, instead opting to follow the exploits of a single man: Kvothe (pronounced quoth). Kvothe is a traveler who has had quite the spectacular life. He has met gods, fought demons, and seen more of the universe than most people can hardly dream of. Somewhat akin to Interview with a Vampire, Kvothe’s story is being recounted throughout the book to a scribe, and the audience gets to hear a story of fantastic lands, bandits, demons, magic, and the fate of nations. Rothfuss does not fall into the fantasy trap many authors do. Although Rothfuss’ world is considerably more up-front with the magical elements than Martin’s, the style of writing makes it all seem right. Rothfuss manages to introduce these fantastic creatures and forces in ways that let the reader become familiar with the material before it is ever introduced, and, perhaps more impressively, to such a degree that it isn’t even noticeable while reading the book. In regards to character development, the characters in The Name of the Wind are incredibly intriguing and realistic. Average farmers have their own distinct personalities, and everybody has some contribution to the story, even if it is only to make the world feel more real. Kvothe, himself, is a fascinating character, and the changes in his personality throughout the book are fitting and, in some cases, somewhat scary. Quite frankly, this book has just about everything you could want in a piece of fantasy literature. If you have an interest in Tolkien-esque series, then Patrick Rothfuss is an author to follow, and his The Name of the Wind deserves a place in your library.

Source: Jake Depew, Assistant Editor