The book is part 1 of The King Killer Chronicle. The two parts have been hailed as one of the best high fantasy stories in print this decade. It has great ratings on amazon and Goodreads.
So, is it worth the fuss Sera?
This is a story that is exciting and engaging. Despite the fact “The Name of the Wind” encompassed only Day One of Kvothe’s [Main Protagonist] storytelling and little else. Kvothe, the man of many names tells the story of his life to the Chronicler, who will write Kvothe’s entire chronicle starting from his childhood up to his present life as an innkeeper in Waystone Inn. Rothfuss has a skill with prose that is worthy of high praise. from the start the world building is excellent the unique magic system called Sympathy felt so real and the ease of the characters grasp on it is believable to me.
It is the character driven narrative that makes this book so wonderfully effect. Without the amazing well thought out cast, this book would be flatter than a pancake. Kvothe is an extremely memorable character, and his narrative is wonderfully compelling to read. The writing makes use of his age at the different stages as well as how he interacts with other cast persons and creatures. As a reader you are constantly seeking the clues in his past that make the man.
Part Two to come….
Part 2 : The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Deep, rich, perfectly paced prose and a super high fantasy story that has not stopped amazing me. The quest of Kvothe’s [Main Protagonist] life to become the “King Killer” moving from one elaborate setting to another, cohesively strung together. Intermissions though interrupt us are not without purpose, as we silently root out who Kvothe truly is. I feeling like the magic Rothfuss created could actually be real for those willing to work hard enough to master it. one massive down side…. its not finished.
In part 2 we are gifted the story of Kvothe’s trip to the fairy realm, of the end of his childhood as he becomes a man who is versed in womankind and the fighting skills we were waiting for have been seeded in his being. Yet….
That’s right we are still not at the end! Not even close. To make matters worse we are more aware of the conspiratorial bard, friend and scribe. Why do they want our hero’s story? and Just what do they have planned for our hero?