★ ★ ★ ★ ★
There are very few negative things to say about The Name of the Wind, so I’ll start there. I found the structure of the book to be very confusing at the start. I was 1/4 to 1/3 of the way through it before I came to grips with how the story would progress. And even then, it was because I was discussing the book to someone who had already read it and the second book in the trilogy (the third has not yet been published). It’s much more obvious to me now that the stuff happening in the Waystone Inn is basically just filler, and that the heart of the book is the story in a story; the story the inn-keeper is telling. This book is filled with stories within the story. Sometimes even stories within the stories within the book’s story. Confused? So was I. After understanding that the flashbacks are the real meat and potatoes, and that the majority of the book revolved around this, it was much easier to keep track of what was going on. It’s easy to see now that the inn-keeper is telling his tale to Chronicler and that it will take three days’ time – hence The Name of the Wind being Day One of The Kingkiller Chronicles.
Aside from that, there’s very little, if anything, I didn’t like about this book. In fact, I liked it so much I’ve already jumped into The Wise Man’s Fear; Day Two. I will say, though, that it will be tough to wait out the final book. Based on the delay between the first two books being published, I wouldn’t expect the final book to be released until some time next year. That’s a long wait. But I guess if I can wait for the last two Song of Ice and Fire books, I can wait out the last of these.
Honestly, I don’t know that there’s anything else I can and should say about Name of the Wind. If you like fantasy books, you should absolutely read it. If you like Game of Thrones (the books or the show) and Harry Potter (the books or the movies), then you should definitely check out The Kingkiller Chronicles. It’s about a boy in a school of magic (Harry Potter), but it’s much more similar to Game of Thrones in terms of atmosphere and the way I imagine the environment. Rather than being an unseen appendage of our modern world, it is its own world entirely. And definitely one worth exploring.