The name of the wind (book review)

OK, wow. Let me first start out by saying that I don’t pay much attention to others’ reviews and hype around ANY product. It was suggested to me by audible and I decided to give it a go since I was waiting for We are legion, We are Bob’s sequel to come out. My first instinct was to sneer at this book. I don’t regularly read fantasy, because I was under the impression that they are mostly similar and sometimes I feel like I am reading the same thing over and over. I am a Tolkien lore master and I love the fantasy realms and ideas, but most today cant do what Tolkien did. I learned through this book, that’s OK.

This book is amazing in its own right. It is book one of three named the kingkiller chronicles. It’s story follows the life of a bright young kid named Kvothe. The book starts in the present day of the world in which many strange happenings present themselves. The world is in upheaval. The people that should be enforcing the law are the ones most frequently breaking it. We learn that the name of Kvothe is a name of legend, of mystery, yet Kvothe himself is living in secret under an alias.

His name is such a household installment that a person has come to record the facts of his unbelievable life. Patrick Rothfuss’s writing style is on point. It is easy to read and he is one of those authors where you can tell he has the entire story all laid out ahead of time, unlike a large portion of authors today that form the story as they write. I’m not a fan of this type. Its too vague, and you can tell that they themselves don’t know where they’re going with the  story as they tell it. Its almost like hearing a kid tell a ghost story around a campfire. Rothfuss does not do this.

If you are on the fence about buying this book, don’t hesitate, buy it. You’re already interested enough to like it at the very least.

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