The Name of the Wind
In The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Fiery-haired Kvothe finds his circus troupe slain, their wagons burning with blue flames. He wants revenge, but first heads to arcanists’ university to learn magic.
”With his eyes and those hands there won’t be a woman safe in all the world when he starts hunting after the ladies,” Kvothe’s mom says of her son.
This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology.