Subtitle: Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One
Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 662 pages
Setting: the Commonwealth
Interest: I found Rothfuss’ blog when he did a Worldbuilders fundraiser. He talks about Kvothe and Bast frequently and has a fair bit of merchandise to go along with the book. I decided it was time to finally read the book, after hearing about it so often.
Summary: Kvothe is currently an innkeeper in the backwoods of the Commonwealth. Chronicler arrives one day and convinces Kvothe to tell him the true story of his life. Kvothe is a Ruh and was born into a well-respected troupe. He was uncommonly smart and wanted to go to the University one day. His parents were killed by the Chandrian, whom most believe to be a fairy tale. He eventually makes it to the University and manages, against all odds, to be accepted and pass through the ranks swiftly. To help support himself, he plays the lute in nearby taverns, which is where he runs into Denna. She’s in and out of his life as he continues his studies.
Final thoughts: This is my kind of book. I was sucked into the world from the start and couldn’t put it down, which can be a problem with a 600+ page book. There is magic in the world, with logical rules (Harry Potter’s world bothers me because there’s no rules to the magic). Kvothe is pretty smart and usually comes out ahead in an altercation, but not always. There is a big story in Kvothe’s life. We see how he ends up (as an innkeeper, waiting for death), but only the first part of how he got to that point. I can’t wait to read more.
Title comes from: Kvothe’s goal in the University is to learn the Name of the wind so it does what he commands. He speaks it once unconsciously, but still needs more training to do it on a conscious level. The subtitle comes from the fact this is the first day (he allotted three to Chronicler) of telling his story.
Awards won: the Quill Award in 2007 and the Alex Award in 2008
Reading challenges fulfilled: 56/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and an N in my title Alphabet Soup challenge
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