The Name of The Wind had been on my radar to read for quite a while. Through reviews on Tor.com and word of mouth from Terry Brooks, I was itching to purchase a copy. The novel also won the Quill Award – so there was no disputing its credentials. I stopped by Books A Million this past weekend and finally indulged myself. And I have to say…
Why did I wait so long?
The narrative is brilliantly structured. Patrick Rothfuss utilizes first person perspective to allow his protagonist, Kvothe, to tell his life’s story while advancing the present day plot. This literary device is used masterfully and the reader feels as if they’re seated at the bar of the Waystone Inn, listening to Kvothe. Patrick’s writing is fluid. His character progresses through the story in a realistic and unforced manner that is refreshing.
The Name of The Wind takes place in a world called the Four Corners of Civilization. It’s similar to medieval Europe, but filled with familiar fantasy creatures and settings. There is a university where magic is taught, roving bands of gypsy performers, and demons of unimaginable cruelty.
What really makes this novel so compelling is how we witness Kvothe develop as a character. Patrick Rothfuss does an amazing job in placing his character in situations that are organic, but still continue his development. Everything Kvothe experiences aids him in his quest for revenge. But don’t be mistaken – The Name of The Wind is not just a revenge story. It’s an inspirational one. Kvothe and his story are truly compelling. I fully intend on reading the sequel: The Wise Man’s Fear.