windHaving listened to Rothfuss read The Slow Regard of Silent Things a few days ago I had to try his series. As suspected, The Name of the Wind is an adventure – in memoir form – and very different from that book. But I now know much more about Auri.

Kvothe’s parents are killed by a strange group of warriors known as the Chandrian and after three years living on the street he gains admission to the University. The Name of the Wind is the story of Kvothe’s childhood and early education as a magician, as told to a chronicler in an out of the way inn deep in the back country. Clearly much has happened since then to bring him to the inn, but we don’t learn about that here. 

An excellent epic fantasy, with interesting characters. The first person format always seems a little distancing to me. It’s impossible to truly lose yourself in the story, because there’s always an awareness of the story being told to you.  You’re not watching it unfold, as you are in third person; you’re being told about it by someone who was there.

Nevertheless, I want to know what happens next.

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