Tea of the Day: Dancong Aria by Adagio tea
Description: Dancong oolongs are a rare variety from Phoenix Mountain in Guangdong province, China. Our Dancong Aria (Mi Lan Xiang) exudes a perfumy aroma of orchids and almonds. Smooth and refined texture with flavors of fresh apricot, peach pit and honey. Incredibly long finish.
Dry tea smells earthy and astringent, almost like a Pu Erh rather than an oolong.
Liquor is a lovely dark golden color in the cup
Steeped tea has a similar dark earthy smell but with less of a bite. Has an almost smokey flavor without any sugar, with a floral aftertaste. Adding sugar brings that floral flavor forward, and the whole tea fills the mouth, rich and smooth.
Tea Rating: 4/5
Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Book blurb: “Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.”
The Review: This book started off a little slow for me, although that might have been because I had read an excerpt of the book from a few chapters into previously to actually picking it up. There are two distinct voices in the novel which I think of as The Exposition and The Narrator. The Exposition is told in the third person, setting the stage for the telling of the story and introducing the storyteller himself, as well as the people he is telling his story to. The Narrator is written in first-person and is Kvothe telling his story. Both are well written, but I personally vastly prefer The Narrator.
The Narrator speaks with descriptive, emotional and compelling prose. I say “speaks” rather than writes because the pull of the story is so strong and smooth that it is almost like not reading at all. The novel is around 700 pages long and I finished it in about two days. The words practically beg to be read aloud; this is one book I’d actually love to find an audio narration for.
Another thing that gives this book a special place in my heart is that although the bulk of the story is Kvothe speaking about himself, the other characters in the story do not suffer for it. It’s not Kvothe moving in a world of paper people; it’s Kvothe growing, changing and interaction with real people who don’t always do what he wants or expects.
I highly recommend the book and the series. One important thing to note: The Name of the Wind does not get to why he is called Kingkiller, despite the way the book teaser reads.
Book Rating: 5/5