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: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Tags:
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
What a book. I devoured the first and couldn't stop until I finished the second. Quirky and likeable characters with realistic flaws and issues to overcome. Starts as more of a "magic academy" story and quickly becomes much much more of an epic fantasy. Creative and engaging, this book really makes you think.  (+8 votes)