Pages: 662 Publish Date: 2007
About the novel~This is a sci-fi/fantasy novel which happens to be my favorite genre. It is the first in a 3 part series called The Kingkiller Chronicles. There are a couple of very interesting things this series has going for it apart from being exquisitely composed. First, it is a story within a story. Second, this novel is Day 1.
In an attempt to explain these things better, Day 1 is the day Kvothe began telling his history to a man named Chronicler. As you can probably tell by his name, Chronicler is just that. His job is to “collect” stories, and Kvothe’s is one of myth & legend. So the story within the story is the one he tells us about his extraordinary life, yet there are sporadic real-time events in play as well.
In my own words~This is the tale of a man named Kvothe. A man who came from a great, albeit very unique troupe of gypsies, became an orphan without a face in unforgiving world after tragedy (of course), then became the most gifted young magician. His story is fascinating & very noteworthy.
Patrick Rothfuss has made me love several characters apart from the protagonist. There is Denna, Wil, Simon, all of the damn professors, and the girl beneath the school, Auri. Patrick has also written a novella about Auri’s life, so I can’t wait to read that. She is a very curious character. There are also the mysterious Chandrian. These are the demons who have murdered Kvothe’s troupe & they are his primary focus. He spends his time in college trying to learn as much about them as possible. As I read this novel I began to feel how mystical they were & like Kvothe, wanted to know more.
I will say the reason I read this is because a friend that worked at Barnes & Noble at the time told me, based on my taste, I can’t go through life without reading this. He was more than right. Patrick Rothfuss is a surprisingly underrated writer. The plot, protagonist, and character development is comparable to G.Maguire, L.Grossman, & S.Clarke.