The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Review


Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: June 2008
My Rating:

Synopsis (1)

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe.
You may have heard of me’

Goodreads link: The Name of the Wind


This was the first book I decided to read when I got back into reading 1.5years ago, and it took me around 2 months to actually finish it and throughout it made me wonder if maybe reading wasn’t my thing any more. But after reading other books that I really enjoyed I realised that it’s not that I don’t like reading, I just didn’t enjoy that book. Yes, it looks like I have an unpopular opinion on this one…
Spoiler ahead!

Things I like:

  • The way the story is told: I like that the main character is retelling his adventure.
  • “Old” Kvothe: He is mysterious, broken and flawed. I wish the whole book was about him and not about his younger self.
  •  Auri: She is also a very interesting character and through the book I wanted to learn more about her. She actually got her own novella and I’m planning on reading it.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Young Kvothe: Unfortunately he was my main issue and what made me dislike this book. To me, he was a Gary-Sue. Flawless. He was the best musician, the best craftsman, the best at using magic and even when he didn’t know something he would learn it half the time than other (he would also mention it, saying things like: “I learn this skill in a month while it takes a year for other students to learn it”). All girl will fall in love with him of course. And his biggest flaw? Being naive… This is what gets him in trouble or his eagerness to learn. Which in my opinion this is not a flaw and even if we want to consider it a flaw it doesn’t balance all his perfectness in everything else.
  •  Nothing really happens: In the first part of the book we what happened to him and his family and also we get a glimpse of how his life is now… and the rest of the book is about how he always manages to find the money to pay his university fees and how he is the best at everything and how he learns all the needed skills in a week while it takes months for the other students to learn.
    We had some action happened towards the end but right when you think that a big bad lizard is going to destroy everything it turns out it is just drunk/high…
  •  Convenience. Kvothe fees are exactly the amount of money that he has right now and he will have a little remaining to pay for a room. Kvothe need a huge amount of money to buy a horse he meets an old lady that fancies young underage boy and gives him all the money he needs. Kvothe need to be in 3 days somewhere but it normally takes a week to get there? He buys a horse that is capable of running days without stopping or die. And then he needs to get rid of the horse to get his money back? Oh here is a merchant lets sell the horse just as easily as that. Something terrible happened in a village everybody is dead but the love interest of Kvothe how by the way he didn’t know was there but went looking for her just because he thought she might be there. grr!
  • We see nothing that’s mention in the synopsis: the stole princesses, the burned town, the night with Felurian etc. Maybe it’s for the next book but don’t put it in the synopsis if it’s not in this book! I was so anticipating to see at least some of those mentions but no. Nothing. Just the school days and finding the money.

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