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 4, 2013)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Literature, 10% Entertainment
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A masterful piece of fantasy-fiction literature, with descriptions that simply pour from the pages like sweet honey. Although I can agree to a point with the comments of Kvothe having the downfalls of a 'Mary Sue', somehow Rothfuss pulls it off with aplomb and makes Kvothe a true incarnation of a legend. Following his journey from abandoned orphan to child prodigy (a tired trope, usually) is refreshing and restored my enjoyment of the fantasy genre. This book is a personal favourite of mine.  (+17 votes)