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
(Read from Jan 4, 2018 to Jan 12, 2018)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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This book was very enjoyable & was quicker to read than expected given its length (excepting the first few chapters). I was rooting for the main character (despite some questionable choices/motives) and I loved many aspects of the book, such as the medieval world-building, boarding school antics, etc. I was also impressed with the realism of his poverty. But the plot often meandered seemingly pointlessly & the story definitely dragged in the middle. Still, I look forward to reading the next one.  (+3 votes)