Dog-Eared Reads

Why Tyrell Johnson loves Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle

The author of The Wolves of Winter talks about the story he rereads, but never gets old.
One of Tyrell Johnson's favourite books is Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind. (Tyrell Johnson/Penguin Random House Canada)
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Tyrell Johnson is the author of the novel The Wolves of Winter, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in Yukon. The Kelowna, B.C.-based writer revels in the world of speculative fiction, and says that fantasy played a big part in him becoming an avid reader. One of his favourite books is Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind, the first novel in the The Kingkiller Chronicle.

Holding a world together 

"One book that I continually go back to is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I grew up reading fantasy and this is some of the most interesting fantasy out there today. It's about a young man essentially seeking revenge from these characters who have killed his family. He ends up at a school where he learns a type of magic that is sort of science-based. Slowly, he uncovers more about the people who killed his family and the legend about them. I love the world, the characters and the story where they all come together in a really compelling way."

Tyrell Johnson's comments have been edited and condensed.