This book introduces a very interesting world and a super likable protagonist in Kvothe.

When I’m at a loss for a book to read my wife gives me a ton of suggestions since she normally reads around 40 books in a year.

She suggested “The Name of the Wind” and added that she really liked the main character, Kvothe, and thought I would too (she was right).

The book is fantasy and has a detailed system of magic and history included in the book’s world. The plot follows Kvothe from being a young boy, through tragedy, and on to striving toward his main goal. There is a ‘school of magic’ in the story, but I liked that the school’s disciplines include medicine and a magic/steampunk style of engineering.

The story is grounded in a “current day” where Kvothe is an older man and is retelling the stories of his youth to a scribe. This method adds a comforting “light at the end of the tunnel” aspect when you read of Kvothe struggling through hardships.

When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.

~ Kvothe

4/5 stars, highly recommended.