THE NAME OF THE WIND
The first book in Rothfuss' Kingkiller trilogy should not be missed. Its fascinating, clever and incredibly sympathetic protagonist, Kvothe, is without a doubt one of the most interesting characters in fantasy today. His life story is utterly engrossing, and readers of high fantasy should waste no time adding this novel to their collections.
Kvothe is an amazingly gifted young man who grows up to become the most notorious magician his world has ever known. Discovered tending an obscure inn by a scribe known as Chronicler, he agrees to tell his life story over the course of three days.
From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players to his years spent living on the city streets and through his successful bid to enter a magical university, Kvothe is driven to learn as much about the demons who killed his family as he can. He also wants to understand the magic of naming things so that he can call the wind, as he saw his first magical mentor do when he was a child. (DAW, Apr., 904 pp., $24.95)