The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss novel, The Name of the Wind, is probably the book that surprises me most. This 700 page tome is a joy to read from start to finish.

This is the thing about reading a novel from an author that you know little about: It may take some time to really get used to his or her writing. Sometimes, the adjustments may take well more than 100 pages into the novel to really get comfortable with the author’s writing style. Even then, you never know for sure whether it will really pique your interest throughout your reading from start to finish. Sure, you may read reviews from other readers and get a gist on how great a book is, but opinions are subjective. What is awesome to read for one reader, may not be so for another.

In this book, you are introduced to a character known as Kvothe. In the beginning of the book, this simple man owns an inn and is a simple bartender. But when a chronicler comes to town, Kvothe is persuaded to reveal his lifestory and to be written down as fact on paper. Thus, this novel is written in a way that it is essentially a story-within-a-story. As Kvothe narrates his life story, it is written as a first person narrative. And I love first narrative! You will soon realize that Kvothe’s story is one of adventure, from a young boy to the most notorious magician has ever seen. His transformation as he grows is so remarkable that you can get lost in the narrative itself.

The book’s pacing is amazing. This is one of the few books that I could read from start to finish in one sitting. There is never a dull moment in the book, with each chapter, full of details and story waiting to be fleshed out. The more you read, the more you want to know about the life of Kvothe. The first book is only a day’s worth of “chronicling”, that is a day’s worth of storytelling in the perspective of Kvothe. I have already started reading the second book titled ‘The Wise Man’s Fear” and it takes place directly after the end of book one. In book two, it will be considered as the second day of storytelling to the Chronicler, and more adventure awaits.

Im really surprised and lucky to have encountered such a wonderful novel. This is the probably the best companion to long lazy days at home with a rainy whether. This book is a recommended read!

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