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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Sep 25, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: Everybody
Read in September, 2008

The Past is not Behind

In the first book of The Kingkiller Chronicles we meet Kvothe, a powerful magician who ashamed of his past has retired to run an inn at the edge of his civilized world. With the help of an assistant who is more than he seems, he attends to the simple people of the village hoping to be left alone.

But an unknown evil from the outside world is advancing towards this remote place and, willingly or not, he must confront it.

And while he does, we are introduced to his early life as a story he tells to a chronicler who has come to the village looking for him.

Kvothe's story of his early years full of adventure and heartbreak resonates with the reader. He may be a very talented musician and fearless hero but he is also a very lost child. Left alone in the world after an event that will shape his future forever, he must learn how to survive on his own. From feral child to impoverish student, he struggles to keep his dignity, hoping to learn the name of the wind that, he believes, will introduce him to a world of power he guesses must exist beyond the known world.

The Name of the Wind is an engaging story with outcast characters you will fall in love with despite, or maybe because, their flaws. Highly recommendable.

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