Book Review

Book Review: The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: Fantasy
Length: 662 pages
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: March 27th, 2007
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a novel that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. 


Okay, first I’m going to start out by mentioning that I started this book on Audible. This was my mistake. I still gave it four stars (when I was truly contemplating three) because I really enjoyed The Name of the Wind much more reading it. My library happened to have a digital copy so I downloaded that because it took me almost two months to listen to it. There was something about the way it was done that never clicked. I didn’t love the voices and couldn’t appreciate the characters.

Now that I chugged along twice as fast with reading it I appreciated the story as a whole so much more.

Kvothe is an interesting child. I’m actually annoyed that he’s so good at everything, but maybe that’s the point? I did find it amusing how poor he was with women. I mean, the book ends and he’s barely 15/16. IT TOOK 600+ PAGES TO GO THROUGH THIS MUCH OF HIS LIFE? Talk about a slow burn build of a fantasy.

Everything was definitely explained well. The world-building was fantastic. I loved the differing characters and the romanticism of the story. He’s the amazing, warrior, kingkiller and everyone wants to know the tale. Since Kvothe takes his dang sweet time, nothing is left out. I haven’t read a book where I truly felt nothing was left out.

The book picked up once Kvothe made it to the University. More and more continued to happen and a lot more webs were being weaved. Kvothe is pushed by one thing, and one thing alone (spoiler if I say more!). His sheer determined mindset had me hoping he would get his answers.

The only thing I stand wondering now is, do I want to read book two?

Overall audience notes:

  • Adult epic fantasy
  • Language: A little
  • Romance: a kiss or two
  • Violence: knives, killing creatures, poison, physical, whipping

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss”

      1. I own it .. I’ve owned it for like two years and keep meaning to read it. I might give up on that notion now. I dont think I can handle 600 pages without a whole lot of dialogue. I need to start scanning long books for dialogue. Especially adult fantasy books lol.


  1. I like how you said he was interesting. What are your thoughts on him as if you like him or not? I actually don’t like Kvothe as a character – I find him a little too good at everything, as well as being very sanctimonious – but still love the book! The quality of the writing is amazing, so I have come to the conclusion that Kvothe isn’t meant to be liked 😀

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    1. I love your justifications! I also didn’t like that he was good at everything. Totally drove me crazy 😂. But I thought the way he acted was appropriate for his age and easy to understand his motives.

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  2. ahhhhh these books. I’ve read Name of the Wind (and loved it!), but refuse to pick-up book #2 until book #3 is released … they’re just too long to re-read!

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