The Name of the Wind (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (2007).  A friend of mine from way back put me on the trail of this hefty (662 pages) fantasy novel.  And it’s just the first in a series!  I thought it was quite good.  Dark forces seem to be stirring out in the wilderness near some remote village, and humble innkeeper Kote seems to have some unusual insight into what is going on.  Turns out that Kote is more than a humble innkeeper, and then the great bulk of the novel turns into a big flashback as Kote relates the story of his life to a visiting scribe.  So the book is mainly the story of Kote’s childhood and adolescence, and his early training as an “arcanist.”  It’s a pretty gritty tale in places, but I didn’t think it ever crossed the line into cruelty for cruelty’s sake.  And some might think Kote is just a little too precocious and brilliant to be believable, but Rothfuss makes sure he has a few character flaws to balance him out.

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