The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


I can not say enough about this book. So let’s start with the Amazon description cause if I try to explain it, I’ll get into way too much detail.

“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.”

That’s the bare bones of it. It’s actually so much more but you have to like fantasy to like this book. It’s a bit slow in the middle as they get to involved with the history of the history of the back story. But once the narrator gets back on track it’s riveting to the end. Also I don’t like the use of the word “magician” in the summary because it’s not illusions that he does but a manipulation of energy that grows into being able to control fire, water and eventually “naming the wind” .

I sat outside for 2 1/2 hours last night, finishing this book and as soon as I get to a store I will be picking up the next book in this series. Hopefully to be read faster than this one.

It is a hefty book, over 700 pages but it’s well worth it.

5 comments on “The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss”

  1. Definitely a bit more like a wizard but not as black and white as either you have powers or you don’t. It’s more about your level of intelligence and ability to open your mind to be able to manipulate things so it looks like magic. Eventually (I think) this ability will help to fight off the demon character who the main character believes killed his family.


  2. BTW thanks for commenting cause I’ve been meaning to post about 2 books and keep putting it off. Now that the page is open, I’m gonna do it!!


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