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.
You may have heard of me. The Name of The Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
I’m currently a third of the way through the story of Kvothe, as narrated by the same in The Kingskiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. The first book in the series, The Name of The Wind, tells the story of Kvothe’s early life as he comes to explain how he has transformed from the larger than life character quoted above to an innkeeper apparently hiding away in the middle of nowhere, revealing his identity only to his assistant Bast.
The first novel is an quirky mix of folkloric motifs; hero journeys, tricksters and legends of demi gods sprinkled liberally with magic, music and monsters to create an exciting fantasy novel, with the perfect amount of shake up of roles and subverting of expectations to keep it modern and compelling.I was a bit peeved when it ended, because you’re left waiting to go into day two and hear the rest of the story, I was enjoying it so much. But as you can see, when the second day arrives there will be plenty to read. The second novel is even meatier than the first so if it’s just as well written I’ll be a happy young lady.
If you’re looking for a well written fantasy series to get your teeth into then I would definitely recommend these books. I’m currently part way through a Charles Dickens biography (which is also a monster…) but I can’t wait to start the second book in the series, The Wise Man’s Fear.