The second book that I completed on my book list was:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
This is another fantasy book and a smashing good one at that!
I fell in love with this book and Pat's writing style.
The Name of the Wind contains magic, but not the stereotypical magic we always think of, not the Harry Potter magic (not that Harry Potter is bad...quite the contrary) However, The Name of the Wind is magic for the logical, practical mind. The setting, though quite different, reminds me of the Eragon Inheritance Series. It's a world that is not primitive in the slightest but does not have electricity or t.v. or internet. In other words...it's much better. The Name of the Wind is the story of a man named Kvothe. Basically, he's gifted. He's talented, cunning, brutal, smart, and if not given the opportunity to succeed, he finds another way. He is an unstoppable force, constantly spurred onward to accomplish his goals.
We should all read this book just to get to know this Kvothe.
The only issue I have is that The Name of the Wind is only a span of a couple years and not his whole life like I was led to believe. However, this is a bittersweet thing, because...there is more to come!!! That's right! It's a series!!! =D
Here is an expert from the book that will help explain it a bit better. It's a little lengthy but it's worth a read.
My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as "quothe." Names are important as they tell you a great deal about a person. I've had more names than anyone has a right to. The Adem call me Maedre. Which, depending on how it's spoken, can mean The Flame, The Thunder, or The Broken Tree.
"The Flame" is obvious if you've ever seen me. I have red hair, bright. If I had been born a couple of hundred years ago I would probably have been burned as a demon. I keep it short but it's unruly. When left to its own devices, it sticks up and makes me look as if I have been set afire.
"The Thunder" I attribute to a strong baritone and a great deal of stage training at an early age.
I've never thought of "The Broken Tree" as very significant. Although in retrospect, I suppose it could be considered at least partially prophetic.
My first mentor called me E'lir because I was clever and I knew it. My first real lover called me Dulator because she liked the sound of it. I have been called Shadicar, Lightfinger, and Six-String. I have been called Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller. I have earned those names. Bought and paid for them.
But I was brought up as Kvothe. My father once told me it meant "to know."
I have, of course, been called many other things. Most of them uncouth, although very few were unearned.
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.
You may have heard of me.
So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to 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 as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.
So, thank you Vladimir, for once again giving me another fantastic book!
If you are interested in reading more about the author here is his blog: click click!!!
His sarcasm, word choice, topics, and general musings never fail to make me laugh. It's great to see how despite success, people can still be people. =)
You can also find an exert of book one on his blog if you're hesitant to go out and buy the book tonight (I don't see why you would be..but..still)!
Thank you for reading!
I hope your next read will be The Name of the Wind, you won't be disappointed.