Reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the most fun I’ve had with a book in some time. It’s the first in the author’s debut science fiction/fantasy series, and it features a narrator that kept me on my toes, vibrant characters, and a twisty-turny plot that made me want to read just one more chapter and probably kept me up too late at night. It’s a classic hero’s journey tale: Kvothe, the narrator, recounts the story of his life, from his days as a young boy in a group of traveling performers to his time at the prestigious University where he becomes legendary for his extreme cleverness and daring adventures.
The world Rothfuss creates is one I can see myself getting lost in time and time again. It’s intricately built, but not so complicated that I was constantly trying to remember countless details. Unlike some fantasy series I’ve tried to read before, I found this one easy to get immersed in quickly. The poetic language, reminiscent of Kvothe’s days as a musician and actor, make this book a delight for the ears as well as the mind.
If I had to recommend my new favorite book in one sentence, I’d probably say: it’s the masterful storytelling of Harry Potter meets the high adventure of The Lord of the Rings, and so much more. As Master Elodin tells Kvothe: "Using words to talk of words is like using a pencil to draw a picture of itself, on itself. Impossible. Confusing. Frustrating … But there are other ways to understanding!" I suggest that if you want to understand, pick up a copy of this book and experience the magic for yourself. The adventure continues in the second novel The Wise Man’s Fear. There is also a short novella: The Slow Regard of Silent Things (2.5). The novels are available in print and electronic formats through the Metro Library Network.
Natalie Deister, Circulation Assistant