June 11, 2013 by rachelcmann
These books deserve their own write up. In May when I was traveling and had the e-reader as my primary source I started (and finished) the first one. Then I got the second from the library, and man is it a behemoth of a book!
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss – Literally two days before I got on a plane with my e-reader this book was recommended to me by someone who I had just met and instantly bonded with over TVD and Doctor Who. Much to my surprise and delight, this book was already downloaded, and it was so good. There’s an complicating story within a story element that I could probably do without, but I was interested to see how it would all come together in the next two books. I’ve been shying away from fantasy novels set in non-contemporary times lately, but this book certainly reminded me why these medieval settings are so popular and fun to read.
The Wise Mans Fear – Patrick Rothfuss – Otherwise known as Day 2. Oh yeah, these 700 plus page books cover a DAY, I won’t spoil the device, but I like it more in the second book than the first, it’s being used more judiciously. Kvothe is an interesting guy, humble and special. You know, just an ordinary person who has been thrust into truly extraordinary circumstances and made the most of it. Like most of our heroes I suppose. There are enough familiar elements in the lore that I don’t feel like I’m learning too much new magic, but there are enough unique twists to make me appreciate the mythology of the new land. It’s a great balance and one I want to remember in my own projects.
Book Three (The Doors of Stone) comes out in 2014 and man, I can’t wait.