The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
is one of the best new Fantasy books I’ve read in a long time. Magic is downplayed, mythical creatures exist, but are muted (dragons are pleasantly detuned; after GRRM and Robert Jordan, I was about to give up on any book referring to a dragon).
The story at the University is mimeographed from the world of Harry Potter, complete with a Malfoy, Hagrid, Snape, Hermione, and so forth. If you can’t beat it, though, one might as well steal it, and the Potter books are good, so why not? So, my first take on the book is that it’s Harry Potter for grown-ups. Without quidditch.
The next book in the trilogy (presumption here, obviously, since there are three days to the story; there’s nothing that could prevent Rothfuss from going Robert Jordan and adding more days thereafter, by discarding the frame that’s been built so far, but I hope he has the fortitude to not make that mistake) will make or break things; it’s been delayed a couple of years, seemingly due in large part to how popular the first book was, but hopefully we’ll see it this year.
Worth a read. 8/10.