Names in fiction 2

Back in November I posted about an odd use of naming in an otherwise excellent book. There’s nothing to add on the odd name part, it came and went early on in the book and no other anomalies cropped up. I do feel duty bound to tell you that the rest of the book (The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss) and the second volume – The Wise Man’s Fear, are both truly, truly beautiful.

Yes, an odd word perhaps to describe a fantasy book, but honestly that is the overriding impression I’m left with. I’m not about to start dropping in depth reviews here but suffice to say the world building, character development, fantasy elements and a nicely rounded ‘science’ behind the magic make for a thoroughly satisfying read. The tone, the descriptions and an undercurrent of such confidence suggests an extremely accomplished writer that has been a real delight to experience.

I can’t recommend this author highly enough and I’m really looking forward to the third installment.


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