For the first official review using the Fantasy Book Ranking System, I want to start with a big one The Kingkiller Chronicles, also known as The Name of the Wind. It currently consists of two books, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. There is also a separate book that involves one of the secondary characters set in the same world, but I have not read that book and that is not part of this review.
The Name of the Wind was published in 2007. It is a big book, 660 pages. It is currently rated 4.55 on good reads with over 400k ratings (that is rated even higher than Game of Thrones). On Amazon it gets 4.6 stars, with 89% of readers giving it 4 or 5 stars, and it is #831 best-selling book on Amazon (again that beats Game of Thrones – although to be fair there are more iterations of GoT to buy which makes comparing sales harder to do).
Several of my friends, and many reviewers, rank this series as their favorite fantasy book of all time. I will say that Name of the Wind did set a new standard on my Fantasy Book Ranking System for at least one category. But should it be highest ranked fantasy book and series of all time? Does it earn that coveted 90 FABR Score to make it a must read? What is the book’s FABR Score and how does it compare to greats like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings?
Watch the video and find out!