Overview (No Spoilers): One of my good friends, Cory, had been after me to read this series for a while and trust me, this is one of those books you’ll be trying to get everyone to read! Rothfuss does a wonderful job weaving a story, within a story, both intricately detailed and constructed in a manner in which the reader, becoming lost in the second story, is shocked back to the main narrative. The world and characters are all developed to an exorbitant detail, which satisfies my analytical brain, is often my main grievance upon critiquing books. With that being said, READ THIS BOOK! The Name of the Wind opens in a small, rural town, in which a seemingly ordinary barkeep and his helper are far more mysterious than they appear. Upon a series of baffling and dangerous events unfolding in the quiet community, the mystery surrounding the pair begins to unravel in a most satisfying way that leaves the reader frantically flipping pages.
Additional Insight (May Contain Spoilers):
- Why is Kvothe in hiding as an Innkeeper?
- How did he get kicked out of the University?
- What is Bast and how did he and Kvothe meet? How did he meet Denna?
- What is Denna’s back-story and what is she hiding? Who was her potential sponsor and could he have potentially been Haliax or one of The Chandrian?
- Why didn’t the Chandrian kill Kvothe and who chased them away?
- What are the Chandrian and how can they be defeated?
- What is the purpose of the cauldron the poor farming folks dug up from the hillside?
- How did Elodin go crazy? Also what is behind the door in the Archives?
- It makes me so uncomfortable that Kvothe doesn’t just pay off Devi?
- I loved the dragon scene! What a fun reimagining of the classically interpreted character.