For Christmas this past year I was lucky enough to receive the second installment of “The Kingkiller Chronicles” by Patrick Rothfuss, called ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ (thankyou soo much!!). I read the first book a couple of years ago and have been dying to keep reading and finding out more ever since.
But, because it had been a few years, I really wanted to read the first one, The Name of the Wind again, so the story would be fresh in my mind. I read this in 2009, when we last came to Australia, funnily enough. So when we went back to Christchurch a few weeks ago, it was one of the first things I grabbed from our storage unit.
I am now about halfway through, and am loving it all over again! For those of you who haven’t read this yet, or even heard about it – find a bookshop, library or good friend and get your hands on this book. Seriously. Critics have called it “Harry Potter for Adults”, and i tend to agree. It has the magic and fantasy, the ups and downs of emotion and suspense, the good vs evil battles, but it goes even further – it’s much darker, and nothing is sugar-coated at all. I am hooked once again.
Without going into too much detail, it is about a young, intelligent, inquisitive boy named Kvothe. Raised in a Travelling performers troupe, his early years are happily spent going from town to town entertaining crowds and learning wonderous tricks, stories and life skills from his parents and various interesting people he meets along the way. One night, his whole world is turned upside down as an evil force known as The Chandrian destroy everything he has ever known. Left on his own, with little more than the clothes on his back and brain full of everything he has ever learnt, Kvothe then has to make his own way. His life is not easy, and he really struggles with what has happened and how he can seek vengeance on the people who did this to him. For a while, he leads a pretty terrible and unsavoury existence, but eventually his luck changes and he heads in the right direction by going to The University, which has been his life’s dream. Being much younger than everyone else, he gets himself into much trouble proving his worth. The story is told by Kvothe himself. As an adult, he has been known by many names – The Kingkiller being one of them – and this is his chance to tell his side of the story.
The books are big. Like huge, but they make for easy reading, and each chapter is only a few pages long. The way Mr Rothfuss writes keeps you wanting more, and more. I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to see what the second one has in store for me.