Book Review – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Our pal (and Total Reroll DM) Ian likes books. Here is what he thought of one of them.



There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.” Elodin, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Why review this book now? The Name of the Wind was first released in 2007 as the first instalment of The Kingkiller Chronicle, now spanning two novels, three novellas, with a cumulative pile of sales reportedly higher than ten million copies. Lionsgate recently bought the rights to a complex multimedia project to develop the series simultaneously into movies, video games, and television series. Fans tattoo quotes, cosplay, and desperately yearn for the next instalment. Why review this book now? Because I’m worried you might not have read it. 

The Name of the Wind follows flame-haired, brilliant Kvothe (pronounced almost like quothe), the narrative split into two timelines- the first, a framing tale where the innkeeper Kote is relaying his former life as Kvothe to the travelling scribe named Chronicler, interrupted by augurs of doom, set away in a small hamlet in the middle of nowhere. The second, the tale of his life as told by the man himself.

Kvothe is a character almost of myth in this world- Kvothe the Arcane, Kvothe Kingkiller, Kvothe the Bloodless. As the nesting narrative intrigues us with demonic attacks and plentiful mysteries, Kvothe’s autobiography takes us from his childhood with a travelling troupe of Edema Ruh entertainers (a Romani-esque people) to his young adulthood. I’m not going to talk a lot about the plot- in summary, he travels, he learns, sees tragedy, survives as a beggar for years, before finally making his way to the grand university- the only place that might hold the answer to the awful fate that befell his family. 

This book has many charms- an intricately built world, the setting woven inextricably into every sentence and moment, the beautiful descriptions of music and emotion, the tightly structured and delivered moments of character and development. The intricate magic systems of sygalldry, sympathy, and most importantly naming feel concrete in their rules, as true parts of the setting. For the huge fantasy doorstopper that it is, it never seems to lag- Rothfuss has a care in language and a respect for plot that makes even the most mundane scene arresting.

Kvothe is too charming, too witty, a brilliant musician and thinker who is brave, smart, and handsome. He only works as a protagonist because his flaws are many, and often the cause of his own pain. He is prideful and stubborn, quick to anger and to action. Kvothe’s decisions always have logic in the heat of the moment, but it is painful to read as his rash thinking incurs more strife and woe. I won’t talk about his love interest or his friends or his mentors or his enemies. They exist. I’d rather you discover them for yourself.

The Name of the Wind is one of the most successful fantasy novels of recent years and deservedly so. It is hopeful and heart-breaking. It is a love story and an adventure and a mystery.

Read this book.

​The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss @patrickrothfuss

Review- Ian Green @ianthegreen

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 65 – Horses are Bull***t (E3 Special!)

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we had two main talking points. For the first, Gary and Adam each talk about the three games that looked the most interesting to them from this year’s E3. Gary picked Mass Effect: AndromedaWe Happy Few and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, while Adam chose Horizon: Zero DawnResident Evil 7 and Death Stranding.

Then Adam chatted about Warcraft: The Beginning with Ian and Stuart (the DM and Vin Johnson from our D&D podcast Total Reroll). We talked through what we thought worked, what didn’t, and whether it was the first non-terrible video game film. There may be minor spoilers, but shouldn’t be particularly heavy!


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Comic Review – Birthright Volume 1: Homecoming (Image Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: Minor spoilers. Especially as I’ll be reviewing a whole volume, you’ll probably know most of the plot of the first issue by the time you finish. But go and buy it anyway (implied spoiler about the score I give it)!

“You think your weapons can stop me? I’ve been trained to battle magic and monsters that if you were ever to see them would make your eyes bleed! It is my fate to save the world and no one will stop me!” Mikey

A couple of months ago I made a huge mistake. I went into Excelsior! Comics in Bristol and asked them for a recommendation. I was told I had to read Birthright written by Joshua Williamson, with art by Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas. You know what? They were completely, 100% right. I’m hooked on it and need to pick up another volume as soon as I can.

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Volume One Cover by Bressan & Lucas

Now let me tell you why it’s good. Our hero is a boy and later a man called Mikey. As a kid he had a loving, tight knit family, with caring parents and was best friends with his brother. He goes out for a game of catch with his dad, but the ball goes astray, he chases after it but finds himself in the fantasy world of Terrenos, full of dragons, kingdoms and of course an evil God King called Lore, and yes, he’s the chosen one. Destined to save the world and defeat the evil king. Meanwhile his family search desperately for him but come up blank, eventually the police get involved and the dad is bought into custody, after all he was the last person to see Mikey.

A few years later Mikey has returned to the world, while his older brother is still in school but getting into fights, his parents are divorced and hate each other and his dad a raging alcoholic, Mikey is a fully grown man built to make Arnold Schwarzenegger look tiny and with an arsenal of magical weapons and items that would make any Dungeons & Dragons party cry. He has returned from the world of Terrenos to save our world from a great evil. The story then hops backwards and forwards between the current time in our world and Mikey’s time in Terrenos, showing us what happened to him while he was there and how he grew up in another world. As a world Terrenos is full of wonderful magic, creatures and peoples. The characters there are full of personality and you’re left wanting to know so much more about it.

Birthright art

Art by Bressan & Lucas

I’ll leave it there. There’s more involved, fantastic plot twists and a wonderfully gripping story. Mikey is unsurprisingly treated as a mad man and has such a battle convincing his family he is who he says he is. As well as that the art is incredible, the action scenes are full of the fantastical colour you’d hope for from fantasy combat and both worlds have the perfect feel to them. There’s only so much I can say about it, but the art is absolutely one of the strongest points of this comic.

Final Verdict

This is one of my new favourites. If you like comics and fantasy then you need to try this. It isn’t quite the perfect fairy tale story some of these turn out to be either.

Final Score – 9.25 Flaming Swords out of 10!

Total Reroll: Episode 14 – The Minotaur’s Secret

Welcome back to Total Reroll, our Dungeons and Dragons podcast! Adam has been playing some some good old fashioned D&D with some friends in London, except it isn’t old fashioned because it’s 5th edition. Our DM Ian has been running us through the ‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen’ storyline, and we picked up a few sessions in with our first episode (we decided to record a bit late, but you can check out some of the previous sessions in Adam’s write ups that start here).

After resurrecting Artin and Eldo (sort of) last week, the gang heads to The Minotaur’s Secret restaurant to meet up with the Harpers, the group they’ve been working with to thwart the dragon cult. Also they fight sea monsters.


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Total Reroll: Episode 13 – The Resurrection Crusaders

Welcome back to Total Reroll, our Dungeons and Dragons podcast! Adam has been playing some some good old fashioned D&D with some friends in London, except it isn’t old fashioned because it’s 5th edition. Our DM Ian has been running us through the ‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen’ storyline, and we picked up a few sessions in with our first episode (we decided to record a bit late, but you can check out some of the previous sessions in Adam’s write ups that start here).

This week most of the gang headed back to Waterdeep to resurrect the party members that were outright killed and melted down to bone by the acid breath of the black dragon we fought last time. Will we go for the discount option? Enjoy!


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