Published by Penguin Group DAW Hardcover on March 27th 2007
Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
This book introduces a very interesting world and a super likable protagonist in Kvothe.
When I’m at a loss for a book to read my wife gives me a ton of suggestions since she normally reads around 40 books in a year.
She suggested “The Name of the Wind” and added that she really liked the main character, Kvothe, and thought I would too (she was right).
The book is fantasy and has a detailed system of magic and history included in the book’s world. The plot follows Kvothe from being a young boy, through tragedy, and on to striving toward his main goal. There is a ‘school of magic’ in the story, but I liked that the school’s disciplines include medicine and a magic/steampunk style of engineering.
The story is grounded in a “current day” where Kvothe is an older man and is retelling the stories of his youth to a scribe. This method adds a comforting “light at the end of the tunnel” aspect when you read of Kvothe struggling through hardships.
When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.