The Name of the Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss


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In A Nutshell:

The Name of the Wind is slow to start, meandering in places, overly reliant on coincidence and narrative tricks to move the plot forward in others, and the kind of book that you won’t be able to put down once you’ve started reading it. I read about half of the book in a couple of days and finished the second half in one late night binge where I couldn’t stop hitting the Next Page button on my Kindle.

If you’re a fan of the heroic fantasy genre but like a little humorous genre subversion thrown in for good measure then The Name of the Wind will be a perfect fit.


The Name of the Wind was the debut novel of author Patrick Rothfuss. Unfortunately it seems that Rothfuss has fallen into a long lead time between novels as he prepares the second novel in the trilogy. Name of the Wind was published in 2007 and the next novel in the series, The Wise Man’s Fear, is slated for release in March of 2011. Anyone who has been reading the fantasy genre for any appreciable length of time is familiar with the genius author who writes incredible books but can’t seem to meet deadlines, and if that sort of thing frustrates you then this series might not be a good idea until the series is finished.