If you read nothing else in this post, read this: Don't judge a book by its cover.
I did at first, because let's be honest: the cover is kind of weird. Not bad, just not really my cup of tea. With all the darkness and the hooded figure. But oh my gosh. I'd easily say one of the top 3 books I've read this year.
Here's how I describe the book to Jordan:
Think the epicness of George RR Martin's Game of Thrones without all the sex and cursing.
My friend Natalie recommended the book and even let me borrow her copy. I've had it for months now, because this book is a hoss. Seriously, we're talking over 600 pages! It's huge. But it's so good.
The Name of the Wind is part 1 of a trilogy that tells the story of a boy named Kvothe. The story starts off when Kvothe is a grown man, but the majority of the book is Kvothe telling his story to a chronicler, who has come looking for Kvothe to find out the truth behind the legends and rumors that are told about him.
There's adventure, romance, magic, dragons, and mystery. The writing is solid, and the story is unique. It's a huge book, but it moved quickly once I got into it. There's really too much to describe here; you just need to go read it for yourself. I'm excited to read book 2, although I've heard it's not quite as good as book 1. Mostly because I guess there's a weird part with a fairy...? I'll have to let you know. Book 3 isn't out yet, although hopefully it will be soon.
And if you need another reason to read this book, I think I'm in love with the author, Patrick Rothfuss. He's hilarious! I was checking out his blog earlier this week and came across this fantastic post he wrote titled "If I Mail You My Book, Will You Sign It?" where he includes a flow chart that is just too funny. So take a look at that if nothing else. I love an author with a sense of humor and a love for tacos.
Have any of you read this book?
What's the last book you judged by its cover?