Why this book?
I return to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss again and again. It is a masterful account of magic, music, and memories. The prose is stunning and full of wonder. I catch new things in Rothfuss’ writing on every reread, from the recurring seven words of true love to the hidden rhymes within the prose. It is a book full of hidden mysteries and the subtle art of naming. I recommended it to friends and coworkers to scratch that magic school itch. It is a meditation on the nature of stories and magic itself. The music and legends we tell ourselves. It is an amazing book and one of my best loved.
The book resonates with me even more since I discovered that the author also has ADHD, something I was diagnosed with during the pandemic. I can see it in Kvothe, the main character. Each reread adds more texture and leaves me in awe at the command Rothfuss has over language. The audiobook of The Name of the Wind accompanied me on a recent drive across the U.S. and it is a fitting companion for any hobby. I cannot recommend this book enough, even as we all languish in wait for the third entry in the series.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
'This is a magnificent book' Anne McCaffrey
'I was reminded of Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkein, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone' THE TIMES
'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…