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.
The Name of the Wind is an epic fantasy book that broke out big. I think it’s even bigger than Brandon Sanderson books (according to Goodreads number of ratings). And I’ve a mixed feeling about this series. I quite like Kvothe, though there are many people that said that he’s a Gary-Stu and I can see why. He’s someone who can play a musical instrument like no other, he’s also able to sing, he enters a magic university at a very young age, and he’s able to master a language in days. He’s also apparently someone who will be very powerful later. But I like him . . . kind of. Oh, I also like Bast. He’s a charming character that I really enjoy even though he doesn’t appear much. On the other side of the spectrum. There’s Denna. I hate her. Absolutely hate her. She’s a really annoying character because she’s whining about her life even though she can walk away from that life at any moment. And Kvothe infatuation for her is just plain disturbing. Whenever she appears Kvothe become a character that I hate (both he and Locke has a similar fate in this case).
The world is interesting but unfortunately, Patrick doesn’t show much about them. Sure, he shows us the city and everything but if he’s compared to Brandon Sanderson you can see that Brandon is more able to show the vastness of his world. The magic system in this world is also unique, you have to know the name of the element before you can’t control it. On villain, we are introduced to them quite early in the book (relative to the thickness of this book) but they don’t show up again . . . I really like the writing. Patrick can write beautiful prose but not so beautiful that it chokes you. But this book indeed has some strange passion for money (you’ll see what I mean if you read this book).
This book is for you if you like epic fantasy with the main character that’s a “bit” perfect and you’ll also need a lot of patience because it’s a slow and thick book and also because the third book will probably be released when I’m forty.