The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was a refreshing read. I found the style to be interesting. Most books in this genre tend to be 3rd person narrative lets go off and kill things with magic and swords.
Don’t get me wrong. I love that too. In this book however, Rothfuss takes a different approach. All the action has already happened. You meet the main character after he has already retired, living in a small town, hiding his identity, playing the role of a tavern owner.
The story unfolds slowly as he (Kvothe) tells his full history to a chronicler for the first time ever. It has very interesting characters, and while sounding like it is slow is actually very intense, and attention grabbing.
After reading this book I get the feeling that Kvothe’s adventures might not quite be over as we hear slowly about whats going on in the world currently.
This isn’t just a book about a hero mind you. This is a book about THE hero. This is the Hercules of their world. The King Arthur and Merlin rolled into one. No one doesn’t know his name, thus the hiding out in an attempt to find peace.
If you are looking for a new author, I strongly recommend Patrick Rothfuss. The Name of the Wind is the first book of a trilogy in which the second book is already out and the third in process. A very good distraction while waiting for the next George R. R. Martin book to come out, without having to dip back down into the atrocious writing of some of the less known Forgotten Realm and Dragon Lance writers.
All in All I give it a 9/10 for Creativity, inventing a new kind of magic, and not relying on the standard story telling methodologies.
Also as you can see I got mine signed. You can send your own books to be signed, or buy them from the authors foundation outright here:
http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/index.asp Official Author Page
http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2007/08/faq-if-i-mail-you-my-book-will-you-sign-it/ His interesting thoughts on sending him books, and how to do it.
And for those of you interested, the author also hosts a writing workshop 1 Tuesday a month called Storyboard, which you can find on Geek and Sundry!
Edit: Apparently the show is currently on Hiatus, but you can check out the first 7 episodes here!