Woo hoo! I’m FINALLY finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss! I was beginning to think this day would never come and my massive to-read pile of books was feeling very neglected. With some long books you don’t really notice it and you skip through the story in no time but with this one I felt every single one of the 660 plus pages!
It’s the story of Kvothe, a legendary figure known as a thief, assassin, hero, dragon-slayer, genius and talented musician. You name it he’s supposedly done it. When we meet him he is hiding away in a backwater town (no one knows why) passing himself off as a simple innkeeper. When some nasty spidery type creatures start attacking travellers on the road, he recognises this as a portent of doom – (as you would) – and in dealing with them rescues a renound Chronicler. For reasons that are never made clear, rather than continue to investigate these creatures and potentially save lives, he decides take time out to tell the true story of his life to the Chronicler.
My friend recommended this book to me as Game of Thrones meets Harry Potter goes to University and she was actually spot on. There were definite Game of Thrones elements – along with the nasty spidery creatures there were the Chandrian, demonic creatures who killed his parents and ignited a lifelong quest for revenge. Which takes us nicely into Harry Potter territory.
After living on the streets as a ragamuffin thief he manages to get into the University which is basically a grown-up Hogwarts, to learn sympathy aka magic. There are so many HP elements – he’s a naturally talented student, he has a loyal group of two friends, you’ve got your eccentric professors, his quest for revenge and of course there is a Draco Malfoy type arch-nemisis in the form of a spoiled rotten rich boy with a grudge.
It might not sound like it but overall I did enjoy this book – who wouldn’t enjoy Harry Potter, the University Years? There was magic, demonic creatures, vengeance and in general the characters were great. It was just waaaay longer than it needed to be. It took a long time to get started and there was too much time spent on little details rather than keeping the overarching story – his quest to find out about the Chandrian and what happened to his parents – going. There was also lot of repetition including Kvothe continually doing such stupid things I wanted to reach into the book and smack him upside the head!
It is worth reading but not if, like me, you have a huge pile of other books you’re dying to read and not if you don’t have the time to commit to it!
What are you all reading?
Have you read The Name of the Wind? Did you like it?