I sure do love a good fantasy novel. It requires great characters, and interesting plot, diabolical villains, and immense world building. Because of these reasons, The Name of the Wind was heralded as an instant classic when it debuted a few years back. The only thing holding me back from tackling this book was the page count. Over 700.
The novel centers around Kvothe as he tells his life's story to a chronicler. Starting out as a child and working all the way to his adolescent years, this book reads more like a chronological account rather than a specific plot. As I was trying to describe it to my wife, I likened to Forrest Gump, a movie that is more of a biography than it is a solitary event.
Kvothe is raised in a traveling troupe and the story showcases how he matures and what he later goes on to do with his life. I don't particularly want to give any specific details because I don't want to spoil anything. Suffice to say, the novel is tremendous.
The writing reads like prose and the characters are so fully developed, they seem like people you actually know. An author can do this when he/she utilizes over 700 pages to tell a story. This was only the third time I ever actually got angry at a villain, and even though the story doesn't really come to a complete resolution (since there's a second book and hopefully soon, a third one), Rothfuss gives enough foreshadowing to the reader to ensure the hatred lingers.
I can't really name anything I didn't like about this book. It was without a doubt the best fantasy novel I've ever read and the only thing stopping me from picking up book two is the page count. Over 1000.
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