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The Name of the Wind: Book Review

The Name of the Wind: Book Review

TITLE: The Name of the Wind

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Release Date: April 2007

RATING: ★★★★★

5 out of 5 stars

Snyopsis 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 traveling 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 unrivaled 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

Other facts about the book:

Pages: 662

Publisher: Penguin Group DAW

Series? Yes

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My Review of The Name of the Wind

This story is about Kvothe who is telling his story to a chronicler. Kvothe starts his story from the very beginning when he was a young child and builds the story from there.

Let me preface this review by saying, I was hesitant to write a review because I want to give this book the full amount of attention and credibility and reverence that it deserves.

I was quite hesistant to read this book at first. For some reason I had it in my head that I wouldn’t enjoy it. Boy, was I wrong. (I am wrong a lot of the time).

Another thing to note is that the Name of the Wind is not a small book. At first this deterred me from reading but as I got deeper and deeper into the story, the size didn’t bother me at all. There was not a dull moment and the story never dragged.

I was sucked in from the beginning. Patrick Rothfuss has learned the fine art of story weaving and tale telling. Although, I took my time reading this book, stretching it out over several weeks, it was a a book I was always excited to get back to. Not like a book that you have stretched out reading over several weeks simply because you dread reading it.

Another thing that I noticed quite early in the book was that Patrick Rothfuss introduces several characters, and I was worried that as the book went on that I wouldn’t be able to keep them all straight. But again, I was wrong.

This is one book that I wish I had read long ago, solely for the fact that I liked it so much.

Overall, I was blown away with this book and still can’t get over the fact that this was Partick Rothfuss’s debut novel. I aspire to be an author as great as Patrick Rothfuss

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading fantasy, but then again I think this book would appeal to more than just lovers of fantasy.

Favorite quotes:

“She smelled like road dust, and honey, and the small the air holds seconds before a heacy summer rain. Neither of us spoke. I closed my eyes. The closeness of her was the sweetest, sharpest thing my life had ever known.”

Thanks so much for reading this book review.


Sarah June


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