Review│The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

the-name-of-the-windAuthor: Patrick Rothfuss // First published: March 2007 // Genre: Fantasy
This edition: 662 pages, published in June 2008 by Gollancz // Get it @TheBookDepository

Read in January 2017

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivalled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

My thoughts

Beware of spoilers!

If you’re an avid reader and spend a little time on the internet, and yet have never heard of this book… then who are you and where were you hiding? Because if you haven’t heard, this series is messing a lot of people up.
I know, way to make the pressure go up, right?
Well, this is basically what you feel before starting to read The Name of the Wind. The book and its sequel The Wise Man’s Fear are so universally LOVED and praised that —if you pay any attention to that sort of thing— it can be quite daunting. Just go to the Goodreads page, and you’ll see all the great reviews this book gets.

I originally had given up on the idea to start this series now, because the third book is nowhere near being announced, and I usually like to go into series knowing that they’re done and that the sequels are readily available. But a read-along presented itself, and I caved.

This is a good book. … Yeah. I don’t know, did I miss something? Or did the hype kill it for me? I’m not sure.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed most of it, but I wasn’t completely overwhelmed by the genius of the story (or whatever people usually say about it). I always have trouble with first books in series anyway, the same thing happened to me with Assassin’s Apprentice, where I liked it, but wasn’t head over heals for it. I started to really care about Fitz from the second book. I had a bit of a hard time getting into The Name of the Wind. It started to get interesting when a relationship with a mentor presents itself. I really liked it, but I wanted to see a lot more of it. The mentor disappears very abruptly and it left me wanting for more.

I also quite liked the middle part of the book when Kvothe goes to the University. But again, that part felt underdeveloped somehow and I wanted to know more about his studies, how he lives while there, and his relationships with his two friends (Simon and the other one I forgot the name of).
The “interlude” chapters were quite nice as well. I liked Bast; he and Kvothe seem to have an interesting relationship. But there were very few of those chapters.

The last third of the book completely lost me, though. It becomes completely focused on the girl he has a crush on and his need to protect and save her -even though she doesn’t seem to need him that much— and I lost interest.

My rating:

For a 600-page book that reads like a 900-page one (the font is really small), a lot of aspects felt underdeveloped. I hope book 2 will get me more involved in the story, the world, and the characters.

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