Spangler wrote:What is The Name of the Wind about?
it's told from a first person POV. Kvothe (the main character) tell his life story to a chronicler. It's set in a realistic world with magic that is more or less science based than anything. Deals with alchemy and thermodynamics, very interesting and detailed to read about. He's pretty much this gifted kid that learns about this stuff young and uses his talents throughout his life. I like it because he's not invincible like a lot of these books, he makes a lot of mistakes and deals with it. The university stuff grabs a lot of attention to Harry Potter, but it's really not too much like that, much more adult oriented. Like ice and fire, it's very detailed, but in a much more interesting way. I'm reading both books again and find them even better this time around.
this is from the back of the book
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.
It gets tremendous praise, I believe PFiDC mentioned the books on here which led to me reading it. Very hard to put down, his writing is excellent, I'd go as far as saying one of the top 3 books I've ever read in the genre and one of my favorite ever. Highly recommend checking it out. http://www.amazon.com/The-Name-Wind-Kingkiller-Chronicles/dp/0756404746