I'm currently behind on reviews, so don't be surprised if the recent reviews are a bit sparse.

The Name of the Wind

Cover of The Name of the Wind.

I really liked this book … at first - it hit all the sweet spots for me. Flowery language, not-too-overbearing fantasy setting, believable characters, good pacing and narration (and training in the $arts).

Kvothe is a terrible Mary Sue even when he’s making mistakes. Though of course that’s easy to hit, when you write an author stand-in as protagonist. At the same time, this is very much a male nerd power fantasy. I still enjoyed the book a lot, but if that’s not a lens or genre you like reading, this probably won’t be fun for you.

The four stars are mostly because I enjoyed the worldbuilding and much of the writing.


The boy grows upward, but the girl grows up.


Beer dulls a memory, brand sets it burning, but wine is the best for a sore heart’s yearning.


There are few things as nauseating as pure obedience.


Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.