Put Down What You Are Reading… Read This Instead

Every once in a long while, I read a book that pervades my soul. This is one of them. Quite frankly, it is the most exceptional work of fantasy I have read since The Lord of the Rings. Simply put, Patrick Rothfuss is a masterful storyteller, and Kvothe, the narrator and protagonist, is as dynamic, charismatic and interesting as any character in the fantasy genre.

To begin with, I am a writing snob. I am willing to give a story a chance to develop, but I have no patience for poor writing. The Name of the Wind is a breath of fresh air in this regard. There are many moments of sublime and exquisite storytelling that touch on the expansive nature of human experience. However, this is not simply a piece of literary genius, it is an incredible yarn, filled with action, romance, magic and intrigue.

Let’s begin with Kvothe, the protagonist.  Imagine a character with the talent of Mozart, the curiosity of Alice in Wonderland, the mischievous nature of Tom Sawyer and the raw power of Albus Dumbledore.  Now, imagine that all packaged together in a teenage body and mind. As you can imagine, that combination leads to some sticky situations.

The world is both familiar and unique. On its face, it is a world immersed in political intrigue.  Whether at the University, in a Kingdom or travelling the countryside, class and race play prevalent roles.  The role of magic in this story is patently unique.   Magic is not something inherent but something acquired.  While talent is important, wealth is far more of an access to knowledge.  Sound familiar?

Finally, the book itself is simply a work of art.  Rothfuss is an exceptional writer.  He weaves emotion and action and beauty together seemlessly.  Even if you aren’t a fan of the genre, this is a book worth diving into.

Chandrian.painting.web.n.d.”Cinder”estoesunblogcasicomun.blogspot.com. wed.6 oct.2013.

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