“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
“Leave mystery to poets, priests, and fools.” - The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
My most recent literary obsession has been The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I know this series is extremely popular, but I can tell you definitively that there is good reason for it. Kvothe is one of my favorite characters ever written. He is relatable and human, but still manages to do incredible things. Kvothe is in hiding, having become a fugitive and wanted man. Now given the opportunity to tell his side of the story, he tells us about his humble beginnings and becoming the infamous “Kvothe the Bloodless.” I find that a lot of popular books today are written in a first-person narrative, but somehow this first-person telling seems different. Kvothe’s narrative is reminiscent of campfire stories, complete with campfire music.
Rothfuss is killing it (pun intended) in the fantasy game and I am seriously so ready for the next installment in this series. I highly recommend this series to everyone, even non-fantasy readers. In fact, I gave a copy of this book to my fifteen-year-old brother, and he finished it in a matter of days. Make sure you have a free weekend when you start reading, because you won’t be able to put it down.