Immersive Prose for a Fantasy Novel

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is every bit as good as people say (mostly)

Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium

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Kvothe is a pub owner in a small town, which means he rarely has that much to do. And it’s beginning to wear on him. When a chronicler arrives and identifies him as a legend in the world, what follows is Kvothe’s story told in his own voice.

This book is one that is highly recommended for any fantasy reader and I see why. I loved the narrative because it felt like I was sitting by the fire and being told a story. Kvothe’s story is interesting, although there were points where I had to put the book down because the character wasn’t growing as much as I’d have liked. For these reasons and more, I give it 4 stars.

The Plot

Kvothe is a legend in the world in which the book is set. He has several names, but you don’t know any of that when you first meet him. Instead, you find a bored pub owner who has a gleaming pub and very few customers.

When creatures attack the townspeople, his interest is piqued, but he is playing a role and he doesn’t out himself. Instead, he remains the simple innkeeper that he portrays, until one day, a Chronicler appears in the pub and Kvothe decides to tell his story.

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Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium

Writer, editor, writing coach, and videogamer. I write about writing, books, and occasionally videogames.