Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
We stare at a fire because it flickers, it glows. The light is what catches our eyes, but what makes a man lean close to the fire has nothing to do with its bright shape. What draws you to the fire is the warmth you feel when you come near it.
The Name of the Wind is probably my best high fantasy read of my life. It definitely written an in extremely realistic setting, kudos to him for that because honestly hardly any fantasy is ever realistic.
Kvothe, the protagonist and obvious focus of the book, was a little too egotistical for my liking. The books tries to talk about the real issues in Kvothe’s life : poverty, education and a constant feeling of helplessness.It emphasised Kvothe’s realities and how everything he got wasn’t on a platter and yet in many ways the author tends to give Kovthe things which are out of the ordinary: his scholarship at the University, the silver lute necklace (on his first try-might I add) at the inn. So even if the book preaches of realism and sense of understanding that failures are inevitable, it doesn’t practise those ideals, to its full extend.
No particular character stood out for me and that’s probably the best thing. Kvothe was an uptight, know-it-all, who also was conflicted about women from the start. I mean get it together man.
Denna was as flawed as they come. Her vagabond and almost tragic behaviour is something that has been talked about in other books but never so beautiful portrayed. The characters speak for themselves and so does their world. There is no piling up of information or world building that usually fantasy authors indulge in. It follows a systematic pattern. There are some beautiful lines in the book, too many to actually pen down. But here are some (side note- My book is covered in flags.):
Never fool yourself into perceiving this that don’t exist.
Bones mends. Regrets stay with you forever.
One of my favourite passages from the book is when he is talking about how people cope with pain and loss. It is so beautifully written and riddled with raw emotion, the language literally talks to the heart. This is just one instance there were plenty of such passages.
The ending of the book left me wanting for more.All in all, this is a book one that you won’t ever forget and it’ll keep you up all night. It is one of my favourite books of all time and I am hoping to gobble the series up in its entirety, soon enough. If you love high fantasy and love medieval setting, then this is a perfect recommendation. If you don’t like either, I’d still recommend it because you’re really missing out on something if you haven’t read it yet.