The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is slightly odd for a fantasy epic, a bit slower paced and focused on world-building, but that's probably why I found it so enthralling - I could have easily read half a dozen books set in the various parts of this world, from the traveling performers' community to the university town. I'm fine with letting the plot here take a back seat to the writing and setting and characters, but at the same time I get why some readers have disliked it for the very reasons I liked it. I'll definitely be continuing with the series, and while that's partially because I want to know what happens, it's more because I want to just keep living in that world.
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