The Name of the Wind

Recently, my friend Tim suggested I read The Name of the Wind (NOTW).  He mentioned it awhile back when book 2 in the series came out, saying that it had been awhile since he was this excited for an installment of a book series to be released.  Soon after I was preparing for vacation and decided to load it on my kindle for the trip.

It had been awhile since I read anything in the serious fantasy genre and what really struck me at first was how modern the writing was and how quickly I was pulled into the story.  It is told as a split story, first in the current time where Kote is running an inn, and second as Kote is recalling his story as a child, Kvothe, to the Chronicler.

Another thing worth mentioning is the difference in which magic is used in this story.  In Harry Potter, the characters are wizards with magical powers.  There is no explanation as to where that magic is conjured from.  However, in NOTW, magic is scientific.  All “magic” can be taught and all magic comes from logic and energy.  It’s an interesting and refreshing perspective on a concept that used so often.

At three quarters my way through book 1 I can honestly say I have not only enjoyed the story but get excited about reading more. I will have much more to come on specific NOTW topics and can’t wait for book 2.


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