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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Name of the Wind

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

"Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature."


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the first installment of his epic fantasy Kingkiller Chronicle series.

I decided to pick this book up not only as my first read of 2020, but also as my first attempt to delve into the high fantasy world (besides The Lord of the Rings), which was rather ambitious on my part. My worries, however, were for nought as I had no issues whatsoever diving right into this story.

Simply put, this was just a really solid fantasy book. For one, the characters were intriguing and were fleshed out enough. Unlike how many people felt regarding Kvothe on his characterization leaning more towards the mary-sue side, I thought the complete opposite of him. While he seemed to learn at an extremely rapid pace, his age can really be seen throughout the book due to some of his actions where his supposed high intellect clearly failed him.

The only downfall to reading this book would be that it will be a long wait for the completion of the series, so if you are someone who prefers to binge read completed series, you might want to put reading this off for now.

And to whomever said that this book was about student debt with a little bit of magic, you are absolutely right.

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