The name of the wind


The name of the wind is the epic fantasy, written by Patrick Rotfuss. It was published in 2007, and while reading it I discovered one thing. You can create absolutely magnificent story, without having a single battlefield in it. Shocking isn’t it?

No. I’m not being sarcastic. It is true. Today, when I mention epic fantasy to anyone, they imagine story full of battles, political intrgieus and etc. I love George R.R. Martin and also Jon R.R. Tolkien, but most of the cases, that is boring! I think it’s better to watch battle scene, rather than imagine it. That’s why I was so happy discover the book which was just interesting, instead of focused on action.

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

Yeah the description is shit. Don’t trust it, and it is not some Harry Potter wizardish story. It is slightly different. You know, when a person asks to you what the story is about you can’t say anthing. Because it is about nothing, but also about everything. But mainly, it is the story of Kvothe, the living legend of his age.

When people ask me, why I love this book so much, there are numerous reasons for it. Personally (and this is very personal opinion) I think if you have good taste in books, you’ll like this book. If you don’t, you won’t. It is very easily noticable when author has decoted years on his work. This is when story is excellent. Let me compare it to Thirteen reasons why. Why is it that TV-series is better and shows more depth? I wonder Jay Asher wrote this book in a year and didn’t let it rest for several months. However, Patrick Rotfuss was writing the name of the wind for 20 years, and this book is as excellent as it humanly can be.

The story itself is quite big, in the mass market paperback, it is more than 1000+ and there is just one scene, which is kind of a boring. Yeah, just a single scene in the huge book. I think it crime that can be forgiven.

So at the end I’m giving 5 out of 5!


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