The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: Book Review

I read The Name Of The Wind during the Tome Topple readathon. This was the second time I participated and it’s a great motivator to read the 500+ page books that you want to read, but too intimidating to pick up.

Since I joined the book community I have seen/heard The Name of The Wind highly recommended all over the place. I don’t remember that made me finally buy it, but it sat on my shelf for at least a year for reading it. All I knew was that it was about a guy telling his life story with some magical abilities (Goodreads).


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

As someone who reads a lot of YA and when I read something like this the writing stands out. You can tell the detail and thought that went into every sentence. It’s not your typical fantasy, as I mentioned it is formatted as a man telling his life story oppose of present time action you usually see in fantasy storytelling. Also, on multiple occasions the story gets interrupted by the present to take a moment to reflect on what the reader just read, but to remind the reader that this isn’t the typical story. The main character Kvothe even compares his story to other stories by saying, ‘Clean, quick, and easy as lying. We know how it ends practically before it starts. That’s why stories appeal to us. They give us the clarity and simplicity our real lives lack.” (p. 333). There is this continuous critique on storytelling. Kvothe explains that this is not a fairytale, but expresses that what he is sharing is the groundwork for a foundation of story to build upon (p. 712).

Kvothe is now one of my top 3 characters of all time. He is a character that is so thought out and feels so human. Even though I don’t even know half of his story, I’m pulled in by what little I know now. He is so intelligent, relatable in his struggles, complex in character, determined, and an inspiration.

Furthermore, Kvothe shines a light into this universe that only a few authors can match in detail and expansion. In one of my favourite BookTuber’s review of The Name of Wind, she explained that Rothfuss took 14 years to write Kvothe’s story and the world in which he lives in. That’s a long time to do anything and I can’t help but bow down to commitment to a story.

I know I say this often, but I’m very excited for the second book! I just might go out and get it this weekend!

As always, thanks for reading!


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