Friday Book Share #5

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I may be busy packing up and preparing a lecture that is sure to turn into nervous blabbering, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have to share some books with you! And Friday Book Share is the perfect way to do just that.

Shelley Wilson created this tag to help us recommend books to our friends by telling them what we love about them. There is no way I’m not doing it!

Do you want to do it too? You just have to choose a book and fill in the following:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

And today’s book will be…

THE NAME OF THE WIND

Before we begin with the recommendation itself, let me just say one thing: I love The Name of the Wind, I think it’s one of the best fantasy novels out there, but I absolutely despise its main character. Having said that…

First line of the book

It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

“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 at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.”

So begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Kvothe — Egocentric, self-absorbed narcissist.

Delightful design

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Image property of Patrick Rothfuss

Audience appeal

This is fantasy as its best. If you like the genre, you should read this straight away—the world Patrick Rothfuss has created is vast and rich in detail, and the narrative is compelling and unputdownable. The University, a place of learning not very much unlike Hogwarts, is full of intriguing lessons that you actually want to learn more of. All of the background characters are rounded and have real lives that you get in glimpses, always leaving you wanting more.

The one flaw I would point out in this book is Kvothe. Other than that, the book is fantastic!

 

Your favourite line/scene

“Elodin proved a difficult man to find. He had an office in Hollows, but never seemed to use it. When I visited Ledgers and Lists, I discovered he only taught one class: Unlikely Maths. However, this was less than helpful in tracking him down, as according to the ledger, the time of the class was ‘now’ and the location was ‘everywhere.’”

 

I know this series is not as well known as other fantasy sagas—definitely not as well known as it should be. I hope you will be curious about it and decide to give it a chance, because this is a real gem! I promise I will do a proper review (maybe even a video review) at a later date.

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