I apparently can’t choose short books anymore. Everything I’ve picked up lately has either been a book over 700 pages or part of a large series, or truly both. But I love it. The detail and immersion you can get with those types of books or series is truly incredible. My latest read is the first of an unfinished trilogy, and it was a fun read.
The Name of the Wind is about Kvothe (pronounced Quothe), a legendary hero within the realm. His tales are told large and wide, especially by a group of friends who spend their nights at an inn run by Kote, a quiet man who keeps to himself, and his apprentice Bast. When stories of demons roaming the lands begin, Kote finds himself investigating and stumbling upon a Chronicler, a man who writes all types of stories. Chronicler realizes who Kote truly is, or was.
Kvothe is just trying live a quiet life, but when Chronicler stumbles into his life, an opportunity arises. Chronicler wants desperately to write the life of Kvothe down from the man himself. Kvothe will give him three days to hear the entire tale. The deal is struck, and the day begins.
What made this so interesting and unique for me is that I’ve never read a heroic fantasy tale where the stories were coming from the hero themselves. I found it a new take, and I really enjoyed it. He would tell the story and then say how he didn’t intend for rumor about his moment to spread and grow, but he never stopped them.
I don’t want to give too much away about the first day of story telling, but it’s definitely worth picking up if you want a new take on a hero’s journey.
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