Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This has been my favorite book since both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. It features a hero who gives up on the life of adventuring, fakes his own death, and now owns an inn in a small town. Patrons regularly tell stories around the hearth, some of which are actually about the hero Kvothe (our bar owner) and they get the details terribly wrong. After years of hiding from his past Kvothe is given the chance to tell the true story of what really happened to him from his time with a group of traveling minstrels, to surviving feral in London-esque town, getting into a magic school, and his triumphs and failures along the way. What I love about this book and its sequel, Wise Man’s Fear, and the novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, is we really get a different kind of story than what has been the world of fantasy over the last twenty years. Wise Man’s fear continues the story from Name of the Wind without a pause with Kvothe getting into all sorts of new trouble and more adult themes and Slow Regard of Silent things gives us a glimpse of a week in the life of another character that lives beneath the school. The story telling is honest, we get both Kvothe’s triumphs and horrible failures, and some of them seem minor as they happen only to shatter his world when things catch up with him. We are all looking forward to a book three, Doors of Stone, but in the meantime I am happily reading other series and rereading the first books a few to many times. For teens and up
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