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