The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1 by Patrick Rothfuss
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The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 by Patrick Rothfuss is a fantasy novel and the first part in the series named Kingkiller Chronicles. The audiobook was first published in March 2007. The novel has two timelines- the present told in third person narration and the second in the protagonist’s past, told by him in the first person.
The story begins with a red-haired man who is the innkeeper by the name of Kote. When a spider-like being nearly kills one of the inn’s guest, Kote knew what to do. A man called Chronicler comes to the inn. Kote tells him that he is Kvothe a heroic figure in hiding. He agrees to share his story with Chronicler if he will stay at the inn and record his story without any alteration.
Kvothe’s story begins when he was eleven years old and was a part of Edema Ruh- a troupe of gifted actors and performers. Abenthy is an arcanist who is referred to as Ben by Kvothe joins the troupe and teaches Kvothe most of what he knows. Kvothe wants to learn how Abenthy once call the wind. Ben refuses to teach him the name of the wind. Kvothe’s father is preparing a song about Chandrian- a group of demons who are believed to be superstition and not a reality. One night when Kvothe returns from cutting wood, he finds the entire troupe dead due to Chandrian.
Kvothe is left alone at the age of twelve. He joins the university at the age of fifteen years where he learns magic. He is committed to getting to the root of who killed his parents despite the dangers involved in the same.
The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 by Patrick Rothfuss won positive reviews. It also won Quill Award in 2007 and the Reader’s Choice Award in 2008. The narrative and the storytelling enables the reader to get insights into the different phases of Kvothe’s life.
The locations and the characters have been deeply researched by the author and he sketches them so elaborately that the reader can visualize the story unfolding in front of their eyes. The author has done a commendable job developing the character of Kvothe. The novel is overall very gripping and engaging to read and keeps the readers interested throughout.