My preferred light reading is hard Science Fiction, but I do occasionally look at fantasy literature. However, the moment I see the words "Book One of the Random Whatever saga" I put the book straight back on the shelf. Far too many would-be Tolkiens stretch a run-of-the mill story to two thousand pages and more. I made an exception for George RR Martin (!) and Joe Abercrombie because they are mould breakers within the genre. I put "The Name of the Wind" down as I finished reading, and I was thinking, 'that is the best, original fantasy novel I've read since...well what?' So maybe it's the best ever. There is a consistent and mystically coherent mythology, and it is not cobbled together from LOTR and D&D. It's a post golden-age story, but the first person POV means that history and mythology are as confused for Kothe as they are for anyone in the real world. There are no deus ex machina characters, and while the main character is an exceptionally gifted boy/man, he has no superpowers to get him out of trouble reliably. He is as imperfect as the rest of us. I shall be reading the rest as soon as they are available. I love this book.
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