The Name of the Wind was a mesmerising journey that was utterly enjoyable!
"When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind."
This was my first time reading The Name of the Wind, and I had high expectations when I started. Wow, were those hopes reached and surpassed!
The impressive aspects of this book are countless. From unique characters, to interesting plot and fantastic world building. There was no weakness or piece that was lacking. This was a masterpiece!
The Name of the Wind is a large novel that numbered over 700 pages in the edition I read. But despite its size, there was no dull moment for me. There was constantly something happening. Be it character development, or a plot twist, or historical content. I was left wishing the book was even longer, so do not let the size phase you!
"Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts."
When I started reading this book, I was instantly struck by the incredible prose of Rothfuss. His style of writing is so smooth, and fluid, and poetic. It was wonderful to read and glide from page to page with the constant enjoyment I received from his writing.
One of the strongest aspects of the book was the characters. It follows the story of one character who is reminiscing about his past, Kvothe. So there is a lot of time and development dedicated to him, which quickly established him as one of my favourite characters of the fantasy genre. The rest of the cast was also great with a wide range of personalities, from the crazy but hilarious Master Elodin, to Simmon, one of Kvothe's friends.
It's like everyone tells a story about themselves in their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story."
The plot was interlined with major and minor events that created a great balance, allowing the tension to build as character development took place and I became more and more intrigued. This was another marvellous part of the story that was never weak and was always leading onto something better.
The Name of the Wind is one of my favourite books of all time. It has one of the best writing styles I have encountered. Had excellent characters throughout. An immersive plot. What more could you ask for? I would change nothing in this book!
All of the stars in the sky for my favorite book.
There are very few books that combine both plot and prose in a way that burrows into my soul and becomes part of me. This book is one of those few.
When it comes to reading and reviewing, I’m gratified to say that this is the best year of reading I’ve had in my entire life. Getting to know some authors—some even gave me dedicated signed books as thanks for my review!—and bloggers, getting to experience all these creations birthed from different individuals, but most of all, forming friendships with people all around the world who love books as much as I do, have all been amazing bonuses that have further improved my reading experiences. It’s finally the end of the year and it’s only fair for me to close it with some of the best books I’ve read this year.
I need to say a few things first regarding this list. This is my first full year of reading and reviewing novels. This year alone I've read and reviewed 122 books. To me, this is not a small amount. I’ve sacrificed a lot of socializing time in order to achieve this quantity, not to mention that almost all my reviews comprised of 1000-2000 words which required at least one or two hours to write. Suffice to say I don't think I can achieve this amount of reading in a single year again as my life will only get busier with the passage of time. Considering the number of books I've read and reviewed this year, there will be three rules I set in this list in order for me to give appreciation to more authors rather than having only a few authors hoarding this list. The rules are:
- Rereads don’t count
- One book per author
- The book listed here are not exclusively published this year.
All the books listed received a rating of 4.5 or 5 out of 5 stars from me. Without further ado, here we go! (All full reviews of these books can be found on Booknest or on my Goodreads page.)
20. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
19. The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley
18. The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
17. The Core by Peter V. Brett
16. The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler
15. The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
14. Saint's Blood by Sebastien de Castell
13. The Armored Saint by Myke Cole
12. Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell
11. Heir of Novron by Michael J Sullivan
10. The Mirror's Truth by Michael R. Fletcher
9. The Stone Sky by N.K Jemisin
8. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
7. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
6. Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
5. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
3. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
2. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
1. Wrath by John Gwynne
I wish I could include more books because there are still plenty more great books I’ve read this year. But it was extremely hard for me to narrow down 122 books to 20 books already. Once again, thank you, everyone, for the experience. I look forward to reading and reviewing more books next year! :)