I bought The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and read them upon the recommendation of several fantasy fans. They are long books (900+ pages) and the 900+ pages made the books difficult to read in bed (which is where I do most of my reading) so I ended up re-buying the e-book versions. I don’t regret the double purchase – that’s how much I like these books.
While the books fall into the fantasy genre where magic and magical creatures abound, the books have qualities that take them beyond the usual fantasy stories. Sure, you can read it and just see the surface adventure – an old, seemingly defeated man who tells the story of how he was once great. Looking a bit deeper, we see universal themes such as poverty, class, family, etc. I couldn’t help rooting for the protagonist despite his cocky attitude. Who doesn’t like a smart, capable character who defies the odds and is a bit of a rebel?
The writing is engaging, depicting vivid scenes without being verbose. The characters are interesting. By this, I mean that they are flawed, and yet I liked them – or perhaps I liked them because they weren’t perfect.
The most disappointing part of this series is that Patrick Rothfuss hasn’t written the third book yet, nor is there a release date set for part 3 of the series. I am not a very patient reader.