Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss

From Goodreads:  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.
My Thoughts:  I have heard nothing but good things about this book so I had some really high hopes.  However, for me, it did not live up to the hype.  I kept waiting for something to happen that would make me fall in love with the story and/or Kvothe and it just never happened.  I liked the story and most of the characters but it moved slow and just didn't wow me. 

I do think that Rothfuss did an amazing job of world building; the setting was incredibly unique and intriguing.  The different languages, people, towns and the magic were really neat and I wish there would have been more information about the country the story took place in.  I also would have liked to know more about the Chandrian.  It seemed like this book gave just enough information to make a person want to read the second book which annoyed me.  I feel like the book is simply 700 pages worth of prep for the sequel.   Overall, I think this book had the potential to be great but fell short (at least for me).  I am not sure if I will pick up the next book or not.  3 stars.

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