Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Book review: The Name of The Wind(Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe.
You may have heard of me'

So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeeper - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.
 Synopsis borrowed from Orion books.

My thoughts:
Patrick Rothfuss has written a brilliant fantasy novel, and it has to be the best debut I've read. Rothfuss sure knows how to tell a great story! There's not much I want to tell you about the story, this is a book it is best not to know all that much before you pick it up.

I'm glad I didn't pick up this book any earlier than I did, because it would have been a very long wait for the next book. The second book, The Wise Man's Fear, is scheduled to be released in March 2011. It was originally going to come out in 2008 so I'm thinking that we just have to wait and see, the important thing is that the author is satisfied with the manuscript. It must be hard work sewing together a story that is somewhere between 600 and 1000 pages long.

My rating of this book:
4.5 stars out of 5

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Full disclosure: My own book.
This book can be purchased from a number of local retailers and online book stores such as Amazon or The Book Depository(and their likes).

Below is my favorite cover for this book, I believe it is the Dutch one.