I suppose I shouldn’t find it odd that I discovered this book by reading other book blogger’s blogs (say that three times fast!). The friendly internet book-world informed me that The Name of the Wind was the next Lord of the Rings and would absolutely rock my world.
And it did. I probably wouldn’t go so far as to put it on a shelf with Lord of the Rings, but that is probably because I’ve immortalized Lord of the Rings beyond all possible comparison. It would be like comparing Mother Teresa to Jesus. Mother Teresa is cool and all, but did she walk on water? No, I don’t think so.
Despite that it isn’t Lord of the Rings, this is one of the best fantasy novels that I’ve read. It is definitely on par (maybe exceeds?) the Terry Brooks Shannara series. I was riveted from about 30 pages in to the very end of the book (and the sequel to come!). Like so many great novels, it starts out a little slow, but builds into a crescendo of pure awesome. If awesome could be refined into purer awesome, it would be this book.
So all that said, my rating is: 9- Top 100 - this book tops the charts of my favorite books!