Book Titles – The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear
Series – Kingkiller Chronicle
Genre – Fantasy
Author – Patrick Rothfuss
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have 48-hour days with still only 8-hours of sleeping allowed? Me neither, but unfortunately picking up this book results in finding out – because inevitably your sleep-time will become Rothfuss-time.
Language and Storytelling
Well written, not many writers can match the writerly prowess of Rothfuss. There are perhaps only two or three sentences in ~1700 pages where the POV slips, or you are unsure what he is trying to get across. And that’s probably because you haven’t slept for a day thanks to being unable to put the book down.
The protagonist is fascinating, watching how he approaches different problems and circumstances. In fact even the lesser characters are interesting enough that you’re always hoping they are around more often. When you finish the series, you’ll be happy to know that one of the side characters has a novella written for her (which I thoroughly enjoyed).
Starts somewhat slowly, but for some readers (such as myself), this is a good thing. I enjoy the solid platform from where the story grows.
The immersion can be all-encompassing. You find yourself being revolted or elated or worried, thanks to the flawless writing of an enriched history of character.
“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
“We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”
Info you might care about
We’re currently at 2/3 books, with the third book in progress and some way off. The series scores incredibly well at meta sites such as goodreads, you can find the first book here at Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind.
You may also be interested in rothfuss’ fascinating insights into the way he writes and thinks, which can be found at Patrick Rothfuss Blog.