January Reads - Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - link
This was recommended by a friend. I got it from the library and kept putting off reading it. I just wasn't sure if I wanted to. The book was massive and old. He didn't look like the type of story I would read. But then I dig in. And while yes, I found a book not my typical style, I also found a book that didn't follow normal story paths. A book that was intriguing, thought-provoking and fantasy all at the same time.
The book actually describes it's self pretty well.
It was not what I expected and it took paths unexpected. Only two things happened that follow normal book paths but how they happened did not. The book follows two stories of one man. One is the story of him telling the story of his past and the other is him as he's telling the story. A fascinating way of writing. You want to know what's happening in both the past and the present at the same time and how the man at the beginning became the man he is today.
This is my favorite passage from the book. It really resonates with me.
The Wise Man's Feat by Patrick Rothfuss - link
It's taken me a few days to write this review. I'm not sure why. I enjoyed the book but it was predictable. Book one was a complete new take on fantasy for me, things didn't happen how they should, it was fast paced and enjoyable. This one didn't have that feel. And for that I am disappointed. It also felt like he became an adult and everything became about sex. It felt like there was chapters dedicated to his sudden need.
When I was mid way though this book someone mentioned to me that the author considers himself a feminist writer and they asked my opinion in that. At the time I agreed. Patrick Roth fuss writes very strong female characters.
There's Denna, who depends on men for her livelihood but claims her life as her own.
There's Fela who is in school training to become an Arcanist and holds her own with the boys, in fact she is the first to waken her sleeping mind. There's Devi who runs a business and not just any business but a moneylending business.
His mother was very prominent in his early childhood.
And for the "time" the books are written how women act is accurate.
But the sex really ruined it for me. His time in the fae world especially.
Book three isn't out yet, sadly. I'll wait for it and read it and make up my mind then. Middle books of trilogies aren't always the best. So we shall save judgement for the final book.