The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the WindA Mighty Wind.

Stars: Four and a half of five.

Review format: Note plus links.
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss.  Cover summary: So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe’s legend. (from the author’s website)
Provenance: Purchased my own copy (trade paperback).  Re-reading in preparation for reading the 2011 sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear.

This is definitely an excellent book:  it gets better in retrospect, and even better on a second read.  The weakest part is the slow timing in the first hundred or two pages.

The first time I read it, it simply did not strike me as a young-adult book – probably because I was so convinced that the ‘real story’ was going to take place in the present day rather than in the flashbacks.  But, in the flashbacks, Kvothe is young: 12, 14, 16.

Really good reviews below


  • Slow to start, but keep in mind that the real story is in the flashbacks.
  • The one-page prologue and epilogue – silence of three parts – really annoyed me the first and second times I read this. But, once I read The Wise Man’s Fear, it suddenly made all sorts of poetic sense.


The humor, when you encounter it, is really great.  It had me giggling on the train a few times on my way to work.

Please! Read these other reviewers’ comments.  I really like this book but don’t have time to review it in full.


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  1. #1 by Joao Dias on December 27, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    It is a slow starter. I come from reading the Wheel of Time and the Game of Thrones and this is not as well written. The descriptions lack the quality and exuberance of the sagas mentioned and the story is not as fluent. But it is a good book nevertheless and the story line grabs you and makes you want to read it to the end. There are some spoilers that the author hides here and there that in my view are not necessary and ruin the effect of the story. But I would recommend it to all fantasy book readers.

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