I finally understand what everyone’s raving about. 4/5 stars.
As ever, click on the cover image to go to the book’s Goodreads page for more information.
The blurb: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
Let’s take another look at that blurb, shall we? Apparently The Name of the Wind is “a high-action story written with a poet’s hand” which will “transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard”. Now, when I read this sort of thing I’m instantly wary… surely that’s marketing hype? But, in this case, I’m delighted to report that it’s not! In fact, it’s pretty much spot on 🙂