The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) is an excellent venture into fantasy. I didn't want it to end, but at least I knew I had the second one in the series waiting.
The story is told in three days. On the first day, an unassuming innkeeper rescues a biographer called the Chronicler. The Chronicler realizes that the innkeeper is none other than the famous Kvothe (pronounced Quothe), The Bloodless. He wants to record Kvothe's story, but Kvothe who has abandoned his former life and lives anonymously in a tiny, secluded village insists that the tale be told his way. And his way may contradict all the famous stories, legends, and myths about himself.
He begins with his childhood because, as is true of all of us, our childhoods and upbringings have much to do with the way our lives develop. I fell deeply into the novel, and although it is long, was eager to get to the next volume in this trilogy.
Fiction. Fantasy. 2007. 662 pages.
The Wiseman's Fear (Kingkiller's Chronicle, Day 2) continues the story of Kvothe's life and adventures. I continued to be engrossed. Only as I came closer and closer to the end of the book, I became more and more despairing that the third book has yet to be released.
Loved both books. Loved the world-building, the characters, the adventures. There are flaws, but I can easily overlook them because I became so immersed in these two books, it was almost as if I lived there.
Fiction. Fantasy. 2011. 1008 pages.
Other reviews the Kingkiller Chronicles: Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, Fyrefly's Book Blog,
If you've read one or both let me know, and I'll add you to "other reviews."