There’s not anything dramatically original about The Name of the Wind. It’s the typical fantasy plot; a special child growing up in a world of magic, seeking revenge and understanding. However the writing is what makes this; it’s gripping, exciting and paced perfectly. You don’t get bored reading the novel.
I also like the style, but this is a personal preference. I like a novel that’s written through storytelling, a look at the past from the present. This is one of the reasons why this novel doesn’t lose pace, or the reader’s interest. You drift into the present, to understand the reactions of the storyteller and listeners which brings a deeper understanding of the characters.
I look forward to reading the second in the series.