“The Name of the Wind” – Is Rothfuss The Next Tolkien?

Book Review: The Name of the Wind
The Kingkiller Chronicle

By Patrick Rothfuss

Spoiler Alert!

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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.

(Courtesy of goodread.com)


Adult Point of View

The Name of the Wind came highly recommended to me to I was anxious to delve into the fat tomb. The story is the life of Kvothe, as told by himself to Chronicler. The opening lines are full of bravado and mystery. I was bothered by some of the trite, over-used analogies in the opening pages, but it seemed to improve as Kvothe began to tell his own story. I thought the system of magic was very detailed and logical within the world that Rothfuss has built. I was initially comparing Rothfuss to Brandon Sanderson, but that changed. I was very interested in how everything was developing until shortly after Kvothe hit his life changing crisis, the death of his parents and performing troupe. Once he arrived in Tarbean the rythmn of the tale changed, becoming very slow. I’m knocking down my rating to 3 stars. Rothfuss falls short of Tolkien by a long shot.

3 out of 5 stars
3 star



Book Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5

By Patrick Rothfuss

Spoiler Alert!

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Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows…

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

(Courtesy of goodread.com)

Adult Point of View

What a strange little book! I believe he caught the thought process of a person who might have a bit of OCD, anxiety disorders, behavior disorders and maybe even autism.

I read it second and so have included it’s review prior to The Name of the Wind. I would recommend reading it at this point because I think you will like it more in this place in the series because we just got to know Auri in the first book, and she isn’t in the next book very much.

In The Slow Regard of Silent Things (love the title) Auri is a little mad, but has found her place in the Underthing living an uneventful and busy life. Because Auri is the only person in the book the inanimate objects almost have a personality. She obsessively washes her hands and checks to make sure everything is in line with the rules of existence as she sees them. Her purpose is to create harmony. This book could have used some editing too, though the repetitiveness must be how some people really live.

3.75 out of 4 stars
4 star


Book Review: The Name of the Wind
The Kingkiller Chronicle

By Patrick Rothfuss

Spoiler Alert!

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There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. 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.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived…until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time. (Courtesy of goodread.com)

Adult Point of View
The entire series is a bit blunt, crude and raw at moments though not overly detailed. The magic continues to be logical, but I am not under Rothfuss’s spell. As Kvothe continues to tell his life story he tells us too much that is simply not interesting or pertinent. At one point we learn he and his friends get drunk. The end. So what. Nothing happened. Other sections drone on and on instead of moving forward.
Remember spoiler alert!!!
Out of the blue, Kvothe is caught in the enchantment of a fae seductress, Felurian. They repeatedly have sex, which is described though not too specifically. Kvothe talks to an oracle-like tree. He hears things he already knows, such as, your parents died a terrible way at the hands of Cinder, Denna is being beat by her patron, ect. The final zinger was when he was told to consider what Denna would think as he lounged in the arms of Felurian. Half mad, (with things he already knew- so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me) he rushes back to Felurian to heal his mind, and presumably help his feeling by having more sex.
Finally he leaves the fairy world, supposedly having been cut to the quick thinking on Denna, and that same night he is off having sex with another woman. I was stupefied by his behavior. Then he travels to the land of the famous warriors who hire out as mercenaries, the Adem. And, you guessed it, pretty soon he is off having sex with his teacher! And then with yet another student. This is some 16 year old! Ridiculous! Perhaps some fulfillment of male fantasy that the nerd, who is good at everything he touches has an irresistible sexual draw for women.
Then to add another insult, the Adem don’t believe men have anything to do with making babies. That is just plain dumb! The say they know others believe in these man-mothers and scoff at the process of reproduction including men. The teacher also says something to the affect of a penis and a heart are different, why would sex and romance be different. Even worse these people are so quiet that smiling is too intimate to share with anyone other than very close family and friends, and I am suppose to believe they are all running around having sex with each other all the time without a commitment. This ended up being the dumbest line of writing I have ever witnessed, in part, because Kvothe pines away for Denna.
There are a few interesting thoughts and sub-stories, just not enough to keep me interested. I almost quit reading at page 800 because I didn’t know if I could take it anymore. I did persevere to the end, but I swear if he had ended up in one more woman’s bed I couldn’t have finished. I felt it was very demeaning to women.
If you have purchased this book, do not give it to the used book store, there is no need to inflict the misery upon another.
Alternate uses: a fire log in winter, prop open a door for a breeze, a dog toy if you have a large canine, a gift for an un-liked neighbor.
Not even comparable to Tolkien, what are people thinking? And really, if you loved the book I don’t need to hear why you thought it was so fabulous.
Too slow and too dumb are my final assessment.
Barely 2 out of 5 stars
2 star
– Michelle

About Tales Untangled

I am a mother of four children and have a passion for reading. I love sharing my treasury of books with my kids. I also do experiments in cooking which includes such things as Indian Tandoori Chicken slow cooked in a tagine. Weekly I get together with friends and go to yoga for a bit of mommy time. Some may find me quirky, I prefer to think I am one of a kind.
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