Hello people! How are you? And how are your reading going? I hope your week has started great! Today I am finally here with this new… meme, I think, to share with you all some of the books that I have loved but that I haven’t reviewed or that I have read a lot of time ago. Because all of them deserve to be shared! So… let’s start!
The protagonist today is one of the best books ever. I loved this book so much, and I have read and re-read it with so much gusto and so many feeling, that it was almost a forced choice for this first post. To be precise, this book is the first of a series, and the second book is as good as the first one. So I am speaking about both of them, really. Because they are amazing and fantastic, and wonderfully written, with a convoluted plot, well-developed characters and all the good things that make a book a real masterpiece! And it has some amazing cover arts, too!
Title: The Name of the Wind
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
My name is Kvothe.
You may have heard of me’
So begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.
The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.
This book (and the sequel too, The Wise Man’s Fear) has a ton of marvelous things going on, as I was saying before: worldbuilding, magic system, characters, plot, writing. Pick yours. I simply cannot. I love more the writing? Or Kvothe? Or the other characters? And so on, so on… but I can say to you all that I was captured right from the beginning, with one of the best incipit ever. Ok, maybe the very best!
The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind it would have sighed through the trees, set the inn’s sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves. If there had been a crowd, even a handful of men inside the inn, they would have filled the silence with conversation and laughter, the clatter and clamour one expects from a drinking house during the dark hours of the night. If there had been music…but no, of curse there was no music. In fact there were none of these things, and so the silence remained.
Inside the Waystone a pair of men huddled at one corner of the bar. they drank with quiet determination, avoiding serious discussions of troubling news. In doing these they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one. it made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.
The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar. It was in the weight of the black stone heart that held the heat of a long-dead fire. It was in the slow back and forth of a white linen cloth rubbing along the grain of the bar. and it was in the hands of the man who stood there, polishing a stretch of mahogany that already gleamed in the lamplight.
The man had true-red hair, red as flame. his eyes were dark and distant, and he moved with the subtle certainty that comes from knowing many things.
The Waystone was is, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wapping the other inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumn’s ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.
The first time I have read it I was amazed, stunned because it was just so… magnificent. I don’t have words enough to say to you how much this moved me, as much it fascinated and enthralled me. And after reading it once, I re-read it and re-read it. And even now, reading it is enough to capture all my attention and it really makes me want to drop everything and go back to re-read this series!
I won’t write a review for it, but I would share with you some great reviews, so that if you are curious you can go and check them out (and please, pretty please, do it!)
- Robin (Bridge Four) on Goodreads
- Novel Notion on their blog
- Petrik on Goodreads (I think I love this review!)
- Den of Geek this one is about the edition I am lusting over!
- The Book Smugglers
- Blogging with Dragons
- Tommye Turner Talks
- Fan Fi Addict
- Melissa Loves Books
- Sean Barrs the Bookdragon on Goodreads
There are a ton of wonderful reviews on the net about this book, and I would have liked to share all of them, but it would be a very long post and I have something more to show you!
The point is that this series is really fascinating and a lot of people made wonderful pieces of art out of this story. Some of those are amazing, and I have to share them with you all, too!
These two wonderful illustrations are by Dan Dos Santos, who did the art for the special edition of this book. All of his works are amazing, but I had to restrain myself with just two of them!
Writing this post really makes me want to stop all my reading and all the things that I am doing and just go and re-read this amazing series! I loved it so much, and I am hoping that the third book would be written, sooner than later, but I just need it. And, obviously, I need to re-read this amazing story!
What about you? Have you read this book? Or do you have it on your TBR? And have more arts or reviews to share?? Let me know!