Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy debut from 2007, Name of the Wind is, simply put, the best book I have ever read. Yes, I did just claim one favourite book in a world were Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and… everything by Neil Gaiman exists. Here are some reasons why:
It is clever. The fantasy books involving science and philosophy and keen observations of humanity can be a bit tricky to find- this, in my humble opinion, is one of the best.
It is funny. Makes you giggle on the train-funny, which can be a bit awkvard really. +5 hilarity.
It is absolutely goddamn beautiful. Rothfuss has a way with words that makes me want to print out every other sentence and stick them on a t-shirt or something. Or on my skin. Might very well do the latter, come to think of it.
Other than that, the characters are charming and believable, the same goes for the world Rothfuss has created for them. And if you are a musician you will fall in love with how songs and melodies and chords are described so well you can practically both feel and hear them.
So what of the plot? Name of the wind is basically a fictional autobiography of a young, red-haired man named Kvothe. He is a killer, a musician, a trouper, an orphan and an arcanist- not necessarily in that order. We first meet him after he has gone into hiding, leading a quiet life as an innkeeper in a backwater village. For some reason the world has turned dark, creatures of myth and nightmare are walking the waking world and war is brewing. Kvothe seems to think it is by his doing. And so, he is waiting to die.
These are the first lines I read, from the back of the cover, many years ago:
“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.”
It still gives me goosebumps, haha. Anyways, go check it out! And if you have read it, tell me who your favourite character is in the comments, I’d love to know! 😀