The Name of the Wind - By Patrick Rothfuss
If you like Epic Fantasy at all - 10/10
If you Don't like Fantasy - 7/10
Rothfuss created a masterpiece here (and book two of the three book series is due out in March '11). It has the scope and depth of Martin or Robert Jordan, but its not nearly so open ended so he isn't going to get lost like Jordan (and to an extent Martin) did/has. And the narrative is confined to a single point of view, unlike either of those, so you really really get to know and sympathize with the character.
And it is better writing than either of those authors. An old teacher once described Poe as an author who's prose just begged to be read out loud. This is the same. Beautiful, evocative, poetic, even musical writing. I'm reminded of some of Willa Cather's work. The best Fantasy novel I have read in years, and I probably average a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book every two weeks and you would be hard-pressed to find something of a non-pulp nature that I haven't looked into. Frankly, I am amazed it took me a few years to find this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone.