I finished the first book of the year, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Summary: 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, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
Review: I gave this a 5 out of 5 on Goodreads. I really enjoyed it. It didn't follow the typical fantasy guidelines. Instead of being focused on the quest and the main adventure, like most fantasies, it was focused on a character. We begin the story knowing the man Kovthe is an innkeeper. The first question I had (and still don't have an answer to) is why is Kovthe disguised as an innkeeper in a tiny village? What on earth would possess a hero of his time to tend a bar?
I enjoy character based literature, so this book captivated me.
I did not purchase the rest of the series since I didn't know if I'd like this one, but now I wish I had because the story ended so soon. If I paid more attention, I would have notice this was entitled Day One of the Kingkiller Chronicles. This means it was Day One of Kovthe telling his story.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the prologue and epilogue. I don't want to give too much away, but it was perfect. I recommend this book, even to those who aren't huge fans of fantasy.
This book also completes category 6 of the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012:
- Literary Fiction
- Crime/Mystery Fiction
- Romantic Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Young Adult
- Science Fiction
- Non Fiction
- Thriller /Suspense
- Your favorite genre