Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Not the movie. The book.

On March 1st, the second book of a trilogy came out, and I was thrilled because I loved the first one. But, it took a very long time for the second book to come out and I had forgotten most of the details of the first one. So I went back and reread the first. Then I read the second. It's a good thing I had spring break in there, because for a while I couldn't even think about anything else.

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)

The Name of the Wind is the first in the series that is called The Kingkiller Chronicles. So the first thing I guess I should tell you is that it is fantasy. At the beginning we meet a red-haired innkeeper who is burdened by silence. A Chronicler comes and convinces him to tell his story. Kvothe begins by telling us:

"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 the day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me."

And so it is the story of Kvothe's life and adventures.

And it is fantastic. Now that I've read it a couple of times, I enjoy it more and more.

The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)

The Wise Man's Fear is the second installment in the trilogy. Before Kvothe starts his story, he tells Chronicler he will need three days to tell it, so this book is the second day. In it, Kvothe begins to grow up, he ventures away from the University, traveling far and wide learning and training in combat and magic and continues to have adventures.

I still really like this series. The one thing I would say about this second one is that I felt like the set up wasn't completely there. Each adventure was fully developed plot-wise, but it felt rushed and all I got was a quick glancing view, which I felt was very different than the first book.

Nonetheless, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend the series. Hopefully the third one won't take quite so long to come out, although I will tell you that Rothfuss does not leave a horrible cliffhanger ending at the end of each book. He has Kvothe pick a pretty good place to pause the story at the end of the night.

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