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  • TITLE: The Name of the Wind
  • AUTHOR: Patrick Rothfuss
  • AWARDS: Quill Award
  • WEBSITE: www.patrick


"That should do for now, I imagine," Kvothe said, gesturing for Chronicler to lay down his pen. "We have all the groundwork now. A foundation of story to build upon."



And that, after 650 plus pages out of 661, as if what was just read wasn't a fulfilling story itself. Sure, demand a sequel. It's subtitled, The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One, after all. And, four years later after this debut work, The Wise Man's Fear appears, another heavy tome of 993 pages.

And I can't wait to read it because this doesn't do for now.

We are dealt Kvothe, a card of a character starting out with his parents in a troupe of circus-like wayfarers and are cut away as he makes a unconventional student at the Arcanum, a prestigious university for the study of magic. But this is no Hogwart's--although Kvothe's arch-enemy is very much like Draco Malfoy--just as the Sympathy taught there is no mere wand waving. Ultimately, it is the art of learning the true Names of things, thereby controlling it to do your bidding. But the main story is fashioned in a coming-of-age mold much more familiar with us untouched mortals. As a result, it registers deeper, with more emotional resonance, and easier to lose yourself in its feudal-like world.

Two fixations, discursive yet worthwhile, chaperon Kvothe's scholastic success. When a child, Kvothe's family was wiped out because Dad was composing a song about the Chandrian, an elusive, mythic body of bad souls who are so sold on their own un-existence that they slaughtered everyone in the traveling carnival troupe so there would be no evidence, no witnesses. This motivates Kvothe to school in the first place for the sole use of the Archives--the Smithsonian of this time--to research these ghostly and ghastly Chandrians, revenger style. The other obsession is no less dangerous but much more prosaic; her name is Denna and she plays a great game of reach-withdraw, always surfacing unexpectedly like a "windblown leaf"(p.473), and always enticing Kvothe further into love's web with nary a wanton move. She takes a big bite out of the reader, too, 'cause she seems to know a lot more about Cupid's whimsical paths than the bumbling 15-year-old Kvothe. Besides, who isn't drawn and quartered by a ravishing and mysterious lady?


On to Wise Man's Fear







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