Book: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Recommend: Absolutely! This is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a long time.
I picked this one up on a recommendation from a friend of mine who has similar reading taste. So far everything she had recommended to me has been basically brilliant and this one was no exception. The book starts with a quiet innkeeper who is not quite what he seems and a threat pressing in from an unexplained war. Then the book takes you in directions you didn’t know that you wanted to go.
I think the biggest positives about this book for me was the richness of the story telling. Something about the way the author spun his tale made me savor every word. Normally I rush through something like this, however due to the richness and depth of the writing, I found myself slowing down and often stopping to ponder exactly what the author had just done. This took me an unprecedented three days to read. I can’t remember the last book that took me three days to read but due to the way he wrote the book, I found myself moving slowly through, hoping it would last even longer.
I looked on goodreads and was shocked to find that there were basically two kinds of reviews for this book, five-star reviews and one star reviews. I really can’t see the reasoning behind the one star reviews. I tend to be rather objective but for some reason this one just captured me to the point where I found their arguments not making a bit of sense to me. I will say that this book is high fantasy but will not be what you expect and I think the readers who come away disappointed or can’t finish it might feel that way because it doesn’t go in a direction their preconceived notions can accept. There are some who argue that the main character suffers is a Mary Sue, which I completely disagree with. This book has too much emotional depth for that to be the case. I honestly wanted to ask the reviewers if they were reading the same book that I was.
This one is definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of a good fantasy novel. I immediately put in a request for the second one and will be looking for this series when I go to my local library’s warehouse sale this weekend to see if I can pick them up and add them to my library. These books definitely need to join my collection.