The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.
March 27, 2007  |  676 pages
(Rated on Sep 3, 2013)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Entertainment, 40% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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A catching read to be sure, Patrick is quite good at catching the imagination of its reader, I found it hard to put down, indeed hard to stop thinking about after I did, and eager and completely willing to read it again later, especially after having read the second.  (+9 votes)