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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-09-05 12:16
The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Star Rating: 5 Stars, buy it

 

Re-read review. When I read the series for the first time in 2011 I didn’t really take notes or really write real reviews. I’ve decided to go back and review my favorite books over time.

 

Lush in detail. Breathtaking. Alive, full of fresh air and all around amazing. If you aren’t reading Patrick Rothfuss, you have no idea what you are missing. This is the story of Kvothe. Rothfyss is vague as to what Kvothe is (magician, wizard etc) but he does have magical abilities. SPOILERS. Kvothe is a young teen when his parents are murdered by a mythical people called Chiandrin (spelling is wrong, something like that though). After living on the streets of the city for a few years he manages to get himself into University and has lots of interesting things happen to him, including getting whipped for something not really his fault. He also is involved in a fire raging through a school building.  Plus we meet Denna who will play a larger role later (we learn this through a segment in the future from where Kvothe is telling is story to a chronicler).  Kvothe also meets Auri, a young girl who lives in the sewers and is very mysterious (Could be fae maybe?). I love Auri, and really hope she shows up more in the second book (I’ve read it before, just can’t remember).


Overall, just as good as a remembered. I highly recommend this series if you haven’t read it yet.

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review 2014-05-11 03:51
The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss is a cheater!

 

The Name of the Wind introduces you to a mysterious character, Kvothe, who resides in a backwater town. Rothfuss eloquently nudges us to consider this man is more than he seems, a man of power, an eye in a powerful storm. I flipped the pages eager to find out who Kvothe is, why he is posing as an innkeeper in a small village, and discover his impact on the world at large.

 

 

Each page failed to answer my need, rather, it introduces risks, paints threats in the superstition of a people too afraid to accept the truth. I flipped on, reading into the late hours of the night, and discovered myself in the trap too late.

 

Instead of telling us about the present world, about the threats Kvothe briefly addresses, we are thrown back in time to the beginning. Rothfuss oils the pages with carefully constructed sentences that invites the imagination to a rich world. Before you know it, you're hundreds of pages in and committed.

 

Unlike other traps, you're happy to be caught.

 

What makes The Name of the Wind engrossing is the ease of the story. It's not to say the writing is basic, rather, some claim it has large swaths of purple prose. You're eased into the story. The medium of page and ink disappear and you are an audience of Kvothe's telling. His memory sinks into yours and you see what he recounts. You are a witness of Kvothe's life.

 

Now I'm a victim entangled in the Kingkiller Chronicles. Instead of fleeing, I've bought the second massive volume. I recommend this series to any fan of fantasy, any fan of excellent story telling. Even if Patrick Rothfuss is a cheater

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review 2011-06-24 00:00
De naam van de wind / druk 1 (Kronieken van Kvothe (1))
De naam van de wind - Patrick Rothfuss,Lia Belt For information about the author visit http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/index.aspThe book tells the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend. As I was searching for a new book the cover of this book caught my attention. I am very picky when it comes to the fantasy genre, my mind does not really work properly when it comes to imagine different worlds and people traveling there. In this book the fact that it is in a world that does not look like the one I live in is not disturbing at all. If you take it out it might just as well be that you read a novel that plays in the middle ages.The book starts out in the 'here and now' a tavern. The things happening already give you a brief introduction that there is much more to the tavern keeper. A big thing in their lives is stories, telling them, listening to them and making them up. One day a writer comes to the tavern saying he knows who the tavern keeper is and if he wants to tell his stories so he can write them down. Kvothe starts telling his stories. This books stops at some point but you know there is much more to know about Kvothe. That is the only frustrating thing about it. You want to continue reading. I was lucky I found the book this late, went out to buy the second one immediately.The language is light, things (that are not of this world) are explained quick without a fuss or that clear that you realize what it is while you read it. It makes the book a friendly read despite the amount of pages.
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