"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"
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1
I spotted this book in a bookstore. Before that moment in time, I heard good recommendations, but I didn't have the foggiest idea what the book was actually about. The back cover content didn't help matters either. All I knew, that it was somewhere in that new-to-me area of epic fantasy and I had just finished George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons. So I opted to stay in the genre a little longer.
The story centres around a boy named Kvothe. We meet Kvothe working as an innkeeper in his adult years. Kvothe has led a life that had left a legend in his wake. However, most legends are a far exaggeration from the truth. A scribe known only by Chronicler offers Kvothe the chance to tell his story as it really happened.
Kvothe begins his story at, well, the beginning; as a young boy living in his parent's caravan. He is presented as being incredibly smart. Often his mind is the only weapon against the obstacles that plague the early steps of his legend.
The world Rothfuss as presented is rich and with the depth of Mariana's Trench. From the very beginning, you are immersed in varying cultures, beliefs, religions, and languages. It is the type of world where every character, every bandit, and pickpocket and scribe, has their own life they live beyond Kvothe's little corner.
My final verdict is that this novel was stunning, immersive, and a fun ride. Immediately after finishing, I purchased the sequel A Wise Man's Fear as well as the accompanying novella A Slow Regard of Silent Things. If that's not an indication of how good it is, I don't know what is.