It has been a while since I last wrote about a new author; I am doing
it today, by writing about The Name of the Wind by Patrick
Rothfuss. The author took six years to complete this book, but from a
literary perspective, it was well worth the effort; the novel was
well received by both fans and critics, being included (on the third
place) in the best fantasy novels of the XXIst century list by Locus,
and winning in 2007 the award for the best novel in the science
fiction / fantasy / horror category by Publishers Weekly.
The Name of the Wind is the
first novel in The Kingkiller's Chronicle series;
the second book, The Wiseman's Fear,
is already published, while a third, Doors of Stone, is
schedulled for 2014.
It is a classic fantasy novel,
centered arround a hero, Kvothe,
bard, magician and swordsman.
There are two different timlines:
the present, when Kvothe lives as Kote, innkeeper in some remote
village, and the past, as Kvothe tell the story of his life to
Chronicler, a passing
scribe looking to record the life of the hero.
The main role of this novel is to be
a foundation for the entire trilogy; the author writes about the
childhood of the hero as a Edema Ruh,
people based on a romanced view of gypsies. It is the moment when the
main antagonists, the enigmatic Chandrian first
appear, as well as the source of conflict (the Chandrian kill hero's
family and friends), the magical system (sympathy)
as well as the geographic, politic and social set-up. The romance
involves introducing a new character, the mysterious Denna;
considering the fact that Denna only appears in the past time line, I
am tempted to belive this will not be a happily ever after. In fact,
the relationship is dificult, marked by periods of strife. The
ancient history of the land is important (as it is the source of
Chandrian), but not much is reveled in this first novel.
Overall, this is a book I enjoyed, my only regret lying in the fact
that I have to wait another year for the last book; on the other hand
this is a common occurence with fantasy, and I have enough series
juggling, to make sure one new book pops off all the time.
You will enjoy The Name of
the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss;
read The Prologue here.