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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Oct 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in August, 2011


Rothfuss is an incredible writer and this book is expertly done. The characters are well developed and interesting, the story is engrossing, and the writing is fantastic.

The book begins in third person, but quickly shifts to first person, as the main character (Kvothe) begins telling the story of his life. Rothfuss completely changes the tone from both of these points of view and switches back and forth a couple of times throughout the book, though he mostly sticks to the first person narrative. There is even a point where Kvothe is told a story by another character which switches into another point of view and another completely different tone and writing style.

The story itself has some similarity to Harry Potter with all the young adult removed. In essence, a kid learning magic at a magical school. Kvothe's story, however is very well defined and explored and much more hard core than the bespectacled boy wizard's. The magic they use in this universe is interesting, if not completely original. Though there are a couple of unique takes that Rothfuss has that keep it fresh.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.


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