Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
This was a long but worthwhile, exhilarating book. There’s a lot happening. But it’s easy to follow along. My issue is that I went into this book expecting grand adventures, a dashing (but mysterious and more than a tad dangerous) hero to gallantly save the day. Instead we have a broken hero tell the truth of his legends to a persistent historian. From the set-up, all isn’t well with the world still. So what I want is more of him going out and saving it. But what we get is the story of how he became a legend. I get the feeling that find part of the trilogy may eventually give me some semblance of what I want. And it’s certainly no hardship to keep reading.
Kothve, as a lad, is definitely different from Kothve of the present. And it’s all his many facets (both good and bad attribute) that make him the best sort of unlikely hero. He’s a very real character who you see grow up, and you grown to understand him better as time goes on.
I think part of my impatience is because Kothve’s present is the only time where there’s a larger conflict afoot. For young Kothve, there are the Chandrian. But thought they play a crucial role, they are still just minor players at this point. It seems like there’s a lot of complaining, but I think it shows how much I get drawn in and want to understand the story as a whole. But to get that story, I first need to understand Kothve. This is definitely a book worth reading. Rothfuss is able to create such an enchanting world; it’s easy to get caught up in the book.
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