The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss 1


cover_207Patrick Rothfuss is a fairly new author with only one published novel under his belt. The Name of the Wind was published in 2008 and quickly rose to appear on the New York Times best-seller list.

I found The Name of the Wind to be fairly well crafted. Rothfuss has built an extensive, believable world wirh complex characters. In addition, he has developed a deep backstory, much of which he has wisely cloaked, feeding the reader only enough to keep him or her interested.

On the down side, I found the story to ramble a bit through the middle portion, however, Rothfuss built a strong enough plot to keep me interested despite several slow chapters. To his benefit, the action picked up before I drifted too far astray.

There’s one more thing I want to mention about the book. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but the end of the book left me wanting more. I found the book posed more questions than it answered. The book opened with a great deal of mystery, posing several dilemas that I looked forward to finding an answer to. However, by the end of the book, I found my questions still unanswered. In many ways, I wish I had waited to read the book until the sequel was available. Unfortunately, the second volume in the Kingkiller Chronicles will not be available until who-knows-when. The last I heard, there is not a projected publishing date because the author has not yet finished writing the book.

If you want to know more, here’s the official description from Daw Books, the publisher:

This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. 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 legendary school of magic,The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

The author’s website is: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com

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