A book long ago (more years than I care to admit…) recommended to be by a friend who referred to this book as one of her favorite books. That alone was enough to cause me to seek it out and place it on my shelf where it sat, was occasionally pulled off, and then put back due to lack of time to pursue such a large read.
Little did I know it was buying its time until it became my First Book Of The Year for 2019.
Thank you Christy… for this adventure.
A Young man, Kvothe, wishing to learn the art of magic and its many forms as he is handed a series of hardships that land him in the position of an orphan with nothing but his name and the clothes on his back, the shoes on his feet, and a gift of music in his heart.
Daringly, dreaming well beyond his means, he uses his whit and charm to find his way into the School of Magic scraping up any means he can to pay his tuition as it comes due. Naturally gifted, he is challenged time and again by those who oppose him as well as his own gift of getting into trouble.
Now many many years later, we find Kvothe who has been discovered working as an Innkeeper under another name. And here.. is where we find his story..
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.
You may have heard of me.
I finally finally finally picked up this book to read. It has been on my shelf for years recommended and neglected until… as I contemplated what would be the First Book of 2019… and my mind fell on this one.
Yes, there are similarities to Harry Potter (orphan, parents killed, looking for the killer, a magical school, constant trouble…) but do not let this discourage you as this is not Harry Potter by any means. More complex comes to mind, a darker tale than what young Harry started with for sure and a whole different world development.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book going back and forth between book and audio (so I could paint while listening) and digging in deep to this grand story. Recommended to those like me who enjoy a good Fantasy Adventure. If you have not read Rothfuss I recommend that you do. Talk of this series becoming a feature film are in the works and I for one, do not want to miss the journey.
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