I loved The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, the first two books in the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. I had heard good things about Rothfuss for awhile, so I decided to give him a try. I wasn’t disappointed. This is easily the most enjoyable, well written fantasy series I’ve read in awhile. The world is fascinating, and richly detailed, full of its own history, mythology and legends. The characters are three dimensional, and layered, and Rothfuss does a wonderful job with both his male and female characters. I loved the main character, Kvothe, who is both the narrator and main character. He is brilliant, proud, damaged, haunted and kind.
When we first meet Kvothe, he seems to be a broken man, living under an assumed name and running an unsuccessful inn. As we start to hear his story, we learn about his audacious past, and begin to get clues about what brought him to his present state. We follow his story through learning magic at the University, wild escapades, the constant struggle for money, and his quest to find out about the Chandrian, the beings responsible for the worst tragedy of his young life. We learn about the woman he loves, and his struggle to win her heart.
The books also delve into the nature of fame and history, and how often the truth is found in neither one. These books take you on a wild journey through adventure, romance and the human heart, and I cannot wait for the third book to be published.