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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

This is the first book in the new Kingkiller Chronicle, and is an amazing fantasy debut from author Patrick Rothfuss. The series will be a trilogy and I am already eager to read the next two installments. However, according to Amazon, I'll have to wait until next year to get my hands on the books.

The book is narrated by Kvothe, who is telling his story to a Chronicler. He recounts the years spent with his parents as part of a travelling troupe and as an urchin living on the streets. He is admitted to the University where he earns fame and reknown. From the real-time parts of the book, we learn that Kvothe is a legendary character, but we do not know why, now why he is an innkeeper in this book. We do not know why the demon Bast considers Kvothe to be his master. The hints dropped throughout are tantalising and draw the reader deeper into the story.

Fantasy fans will realise that they are reading something rather special when they get hold of this book. The characters created by Rothfuss are intriguing and the slow build of the story works well. Well worth a read if you are a fantasy fan. In fact, I don't see how you could not read it.

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