The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’m trying to alternate between reading books that improve me and entertain me with the goal of reading six books that teach me something valuable this year.  Right now I’ve just finished up my next candy book.  I selected The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and couldn’t be happier that I did.  If you like to read books set in realms where Tolkien tread, this book is for you.  Make no mistake, this is not a book of highest fantasy.  One of my favorite concepts shows that magic is tied to physics in this universe.  The characters are believable enough.  The story is fast paced and unorthodox which I loved.  If I can guess most of the time what is going to happen next, you have lost me (Yes, I’m talking to you Avatar).  My only quibble is that since a good portion of the book is told as a flashback, much of the peril is removed from the main characters.

Overall, I’m very happy to have read this book and would say it is one of the best of its kind.  I’m looking forward to the sequel.  Maybe it will be out by the time I’m ready for my next for-fun book (I never believe the Amazon should-be-available-by dates).

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