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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
by Patrick Rothfuss

This book was thoroughly engrossing. It can be compared to Harry Potter in that the main character is a teen going to magic school, but there’s not much in common beyond that. The setup is that a famous hero, Kvothe, tells of his adventures at an inn where he works, trying to hide his identity. He starts off talking about how he lost his family, made his way to a magic academy, and learned magic, but it is much more complex than Harry Potter, as well as more mature, although not in any graphic way. The main character is smart and, while a bit pretentious, mostly likeable. The main issue is that he is obsessed with one girl that is always breaking his heart and disappearing. It’s a bit much. Still, the book is a captivating read and it will be interesting how he finishes it.

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