This is an old favorite of mine that just keeps holding up! First in the Kingkiller Chronicles, it is an epic fantasy that recounts the life of an orphan who goes from poverty to wizarding university, where the power of magic is held by those who know the secret names of things. Deeply satisfying, this is something like Pillars of the Earth meets Harry Potter. It is the micro to Game of Thrones' macro!
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009