Leaving me with far more questions than I began with, I can’t wait until the next book in the series downloads.
I have been on a search for another great fantasy series to hook my teeth into. Game of Thrones was a little too unfocussed for me, I didn’t want to re-read an old series and I’m sick of reading about Faeries and Vampires, (but probably only for now). Enter Kvothe.
Having re-invented himself as Kote the inn-keeper, Kvothe the nearly-mythical wizard begins to recount his life story to a travelling bard, to set the story straight and explain how he came by his many names. Whilst we begin to learn about Kvothe the travelling trouper, the beggar and the canny university student, intriguing events are unfolding in the real world.
It’s very much told from Kvothe’s point of view, and the way that the author has used the foibles of a single person narrator is fascinating (bar a few short snippets). He is a gifted prodigy, and with that comes the arrogance that having a strength can entail. I found him to be a flawed but enthralling character.
“‘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.”
A must read for David & Lee Eddings, LOTR, Game of Thrones (it’s much better in my humble opinion) and Terry Brooks fans. The flawed and very realistic world that first time (at the point of writing the novel) author Patrick Rothfuss has imbued is startling and very addictive.
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