The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the 1st in The Kingkiller Chronicle Series.
This epic fantasy series is really deep, really detailed, really good.
This book tells the story of a legendary magician/swordfighter/musician/assassin, Kvothe (pronounced Quothe), presently an innkeeper who seems to be in hiding with his assistant Bast. He is going by the name Kote. When a chronicler finds him, he agrees to tell his story, as long as it is recorded precisely. He says it will take 3 days. This first book in the series represents what he told on the first day (note that it takes much longer to read – it’s a lengthy tale).
Kvothe tells of his early childhood, as a member of the Edema Ruh, a group of travelling performers, where he learned to act and to play the lute. He tells of Abnethy, who joined their troup for a while and started teaching Kvothe “sympathy”, a form of magic, after Kvothe saw him “call the wind”. He tells of the death of his parents by the “Chandrian”, and of his three years living on the streets of Tarbean. He tells of finally reaching the University where he hoped to continue his education in “sympathy” among other disciplines, although he cannot afford tuition. The University is not for the average student, but Kvothe is not average. He has always picked things up very fast, and can already do things that those studying for years can not. He will have to prove himself again and again. His young age, his brazen attitude, and the fact that he occasionally circumvents procedures to get what he wants do not help his cause. He makes a few enemies along the way, especially since he rises up the ranks faster than other students. But he makes friends too, and of course there is Denna, the girl of his dreams. But in the back of his mind….he wants to learn to call the wind…..and he wants to find the Chandrian.
For a first book, Rothfuss has outdone himself. His writing just flows. The characters are rich, the story immense! The thought of two more books in the same vein….WOW !
Favorite Quotes from The Name of the Wind:
“I was not eager to study under a man whose first set of lessons had left me with three broken ribs, a mild concussion, and a dislocated shoulder.”
“You know how hard it is to find a pretty girl with the right sort of ears,”
“Where do you think stories come from, E’lir Kvothe? Every tale has deep roots somewhere in the world.”
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
“So Taborlin fell, but he did not despair. For he knew the name of the wind, and so the wind obeyed him.”
ps….there are soooo many good quotes in this book, I could go on
Read: August 2016