Ok I know, there is a book review section. But seriously, until my YouTube channel for that is up, this will have to do. Some books are just too good to miss however. One such book is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This is simply one of the best fantasy novels ever written. It utilizes a “sandwich” format whereby the tale is told through a series of stories narrated by a simple tavern owner named Kvothe. (Another “sandwich” story is Interview With The Vampire by Ann Rice where the story is told in current day San Francisco, but the action takes place starting in the 18th century.)
Through the telling of the tale you learn that the hero had a difficult life yet still managed to become a legend. The battle between reality and legend is found throughout this book. This is epic fantasy and the world created is rich and challenging. Best of all it is entirely consistent throughout the story. It is a story of tragedy, love, betrayal and the triumph of the human spirit. It involves many complex characters, some of which are deeply flawed. The plot is complex and challenging which is part of it’s charm AND the book is long. I would say that the most comparable writer would be George R.R. Martin (see Song of Fire and Ice for his epic fantasy.)
The story itself has a bit of a Harry Potter feel to it in that there is a boy going to a school to learn magic. But that is where the similarity ends. This story is much darker and follows the main character much further into his adult life.
The person seeking the tale is the Chronicler, who he claims is “one who seeks truth.” Over the course of the story, you realize that he is more than he seems. The telling of the tale is gripping and the reader pulls for the tragic yet talented Kvothe as he recounts the successes and failures of his life.
To say more would be to ruin the plot. Suffice it to say that this is great book that anyone with even a little interest in fantasy would enjoy. The writing is really good and the story is compelling. The Name of the Wind is the first book in a trilogy. The second book is out and the third book is coming in October, 2014.
The dark elves gave this 5 out of 5 stars. They were right on the money.
Read this Book!!! You will not be sorry.