Last night I finished The Name of the Wind, Book 1 in The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. And what a great way to leave me hanging until the next book. I was actually expecting to be left with a huge cliff hanger, but instead, Rothfuss dangled relatively small yet important pieces of information in front of me. Information that immediately started to swell in my mind, wondering where it would lead the story next.
There were little bits of information, such as Kvothe declaring to his friends that Denna is best left as a friend for now, for fear of scaring her off. We finally get to see Kvothe break into the Archives, however, we won’t know until the next book what he might find in there. And biggest of all was that even though he has recently risen in the ranks of the University, Ambrose will calculate his revenge soon enough which will result in Kvothe leaving the University. All information that has me truly curious as to what is in his path next.
Rothfuss’ last chapter in the book finally gives a little insight into Bast, a character that has, until now, remained a huge mystery. Bast gives us a hint of insight into the current state of Kvothe’s psyche when he warns Chronicler as to what he should and should not say in front of Kvothe. It will be very interesting to see just exactly what has led Kvothe into his current state of depression, and whether or not he will break free from that.
I’ll be getting book 2, The Wise Man’s Fear, today and after starting it tonight I plan on having many updates as I read on.