Series Review: Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. 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.”

-The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

There are some books which you get recommended so much that you have to read them just to know if they were worth that recommendation. The Name of the Wind was once such book. A friend recommended it to me on Goodreads but at that time I somehow managed to get the series name wrong and thought it was Kingfisher Chronicles and it was a rural love story. I couldn’t have been more wrong. At time passed, number of recommendations increased and another friend kept on badgering me till I read it. I was worried about not liking it but after a few chapters I was swept into the story and now this is one of my favourite series.

Book One: The Name of the Wind

Cover image of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Cover image of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Plot: The core story is narrated by Kvothe, a man hiding in a village but who is a legend. His name is both a praise and a curse. He has achieved impossible things and is somehow a cause of the war that if going on. The book is part of the story of his life and deals with what he told on the first of three days. He tells about his childhood, the death of his parents, his life as a orphan, his acceptance into the University, the legends that are told about him and what was the real cause behind him, how he fell in love and was shaped to become a legend.

Comments: I hate this book. Seriously, this book is so good that I can’t do anything else when I am reading and I waste a lot of time in trying to make myself stop reading it. I picked this book for a re-read and I thought that since I was re-reading a book, I can make myself stop. Sadly, it only increased my speed. I tried to tell myself that I will stop after this chapter…after the next interlude…after that happens. But I didn’t really stop before finishing the book. The first few chapters were boring initially, because I assumed this book was something it was not, but once Kvothe’s story picked up this book became interesting. To say more about the book is like…

“Using words to talk of words is like using a pencil to draw a picture of itself, on itself. Impossible. Confusing. Frustrating … but there are other ways to understanding.”

-The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

So I will just say that you should read this book.

Book Two: Wise Man’s Fear

Cover image of The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Cover image of The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Plot: This book is the second day when Kvothe tells his story. Kvothe tries to find more about the mysterious Chandrian, those who killed his whole troupe and Amyr, whom the Chandrian are afraid of. He also has to find a patron which is becoming more and more difficult because of Ambrose. In search of a patron, he embarks on an adventure which takes him to Felurian, who leaves men dead or insane, and to the Adem.

Comments: I have heard a lot that Wise Man’s Fear is not as good as The Name of the Wind but I enjoyed this book. I am not making a mistake of re-reading the book while I have some other work to do because of what happened with The Name of the Wind but I would like to re-read it sometime soon. Felurian’s scenes are stretched more than they need be and the book is not as clean as the first book. Still, the book is worth reading. It has much more adventure, fights and an encounter with one of the Chandrian.

The Slow Regard of Silent Thing, a novella, is also part of the series and a book for the third day, Doors of Stone, is a work in progress.

Series Review: Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss Reviewed by on . "I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. 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." -The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Review Overview

"I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. 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." -The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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I was worried about not liking it but after a few chapters I was swept into the story and now this is one of my favourite series.

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