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The Name of the Wind [Hardcover]

Patrick Rothfuss
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March 27 2007 Kingkiller Chronicles (Book 1)


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.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution. Kvothe ("pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe' "), the hero and villain of a thousand tales who's presumed dead, lives as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under an assumed name. Prompted by a biographer called Chronicler who realizes his true identity, Kvothe starts to tell his life story. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe of magicians, jugglers and jesters, the Edema Ruh, to feral child on the streets of the vast port city of Tarbean, then his education at "the University," Kvothe is driven by twin imperatives—his desire to learn the higher magic of naming and his need to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star. (Apr.)
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Travelers to the village where Kote runs an inn are rare, but those who've shown up lately have brought bad news. A sort of demonic spider attacks a local, and then Kote rescues a wandering scholar, bringing him to the inn to recover. The man recognizes Kote as the legendary hero Kvothe and begs him to reveal the reality behind all the legends. Most of the novel is Kvothe's autobiography, that of a young genius growing up in a troupe of elite traveling players, tutored by an old arcanist, until marauders (mere marauders?) destroyed it, after which he made his way to the great university and petitioned for admission. Rothfuss skillfully handles the change of Kvothe's voice from child to youth to student, and the voice of the mature Kvothe in retrospective interjections. Hints of further adventures are strewn about in this series opener, whose one problem lies in its naturally slow, unfortunately sometimes draggy pacing. Not exactly a page-turner, but fanciers of long, intricate plots will be pleased. Frieda Murray
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ for "The Name of the Wind" Sept. 26 2009
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A+ for "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss.

The author comes in as a relative unknown in the fantasy genre with this stunning debut. I was browsing message boards on the best (recent) fantasy novels and this was recommended to me. One of the best parts about the book is the ease of the reading. I couldn't book this book down. The prose was tight, and I think every chapter adds something to greater understanding of one of the main characters, or the interesting but still relatively unexplored setting. Despite its length, you will devour this novel if you like fantasy and character driven action.

A few other reviews point out that this book is LONG. That is most certainly the case, but I absolutely believe that the book is still well-paced and eminently readable. Full of love and loss and music, this book should not be missed by anyone who calls themselves a fan of fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book June 9 2014
By Msjto
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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. I do not usually like 'fantasy' books, but although this book is set in an 'other worldly' setting, at its core it is an amazingly well written story.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and ambitious debut Feb. 9 2007
By Patrick St-Denis TOP 1000 REVIEWER
You may or may not have heard of Patrick Rothfuss' debut. Word is beginning to spread around the internet, so chances are that you'll be hearing more and more about this one soon. Last fall I received an email from Rothfuss' agent, Matt Bialer, asking me if I'd consider reading an ARC of The Name of the Wind. Bialer revealed that Betsy Wollheim, Daw Books' president, considered the novel the best fantasy debut she's ever read in over 30 years as an editor. Well, let it be said that a lot less is required to pique my curiosity! Both wanted me to be one of the first reviewers to get a crack at it, and I wish to thank them for thinking of me. Apparently they respect my reviews. . . Imagine that!;-)

Of course, when a debut comes with such high praise on its front cover, it's impossible to treat it as just another debut. For obvious reasons, all of a sudden you find yourself judging it against works such as Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World, Tad Williams' The Dragonbone Chair, George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Stephen R. Donaldson's Lord Foul's Bane, and other opening chapters of superior series. Understandably, this can have positive as well as negative repercussions.

In a nutshell, The Name of the Wind recounts the tale of Kvothe, a young man destined to become the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen. It begins with Kvothe's childhood years, first as a member of a traveling troupe of musicians and artists, and then as a street urchin forced to fend for himself in a violent environment. Later, the story shifts to his adolescence, at a time when he is admitted to the University, renowned school of magic.

Reading along, I found the structure of the story a little odd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - so well told and written Sept. 2 2014
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Great story and more to the point - great writing. Perhaps the book seems long, but the characters are very copmpelling, and the world the Rothfuss creates is so original and smart. Nothing is predictable or given away - his ability to story-tell is magnificent. It means I am looking forward to "Day Two" - even if it is 1,110 pages long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars definately lived up to the hype Aug. 24 2014
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Heard about this book for a few years now. Finally decided to pick it up and check it out to give my mind something to think about other then my studies and was just blown away.

Definately a journey i didnt expect to go through so fast.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars well written and engaging but a tad long. Sept. 4 2013
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Not much else to say. There is a good story here but it is a long one. It does not, in fact, fit into this book. To me that creates a conundrum about the story and the telling. On the one hand I never truly lost interest in what I was being told but, on the other, how much of it was necessary to the story. Length is not the issue. There are many wonderful and long stories. We readers do not need to be told everything and there are some things that we should be told that are not necessary to complete the story. A great story teller, however, finds the right balance between what can be told and what needs to be told and I do not think that this was great story telling. That being said it was good story telling, well written and compelling enough that I will be reading the rest of the story.
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I bow to you Patrick Rothfuss, the Kingkiller chronicles are some of the best written Fantasy books I have had the pleasure to read.. i eagerly await the next chapter.. feed me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 5 2014
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I love this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
The most perfect fantasy novel I have ever had the pleasure to read.
Published 2 days ago by dpalmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I will definitely continue with the series
Published 2 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep reading it's worth it!
This book is very well written and well worth reading,

That being said i almost put it down a couple hundred pages in. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Changed My Life...
It really did.
This book opened up my eyes to the world of high fantasy. Sure, I read some before. Lord of the Rings and all that jazz. Read more
Published 4 months ago by olga
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, but...
This book has fantastic intrigue and suspense; very well written. But there's literally only one female character who isn't seen as a motherly figure or as a sexual conquest... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kelsey Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, well-written start to an engaging fantasy series
I have read a number of fantasy series that I have very much enjoyed. Never before though do I recall appreciating a fantasy novel this much for the writing itself, let alone the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nathan Stretch
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely most read
I have no complaints about this book. It's the most beautifully written story I have ever read, and I recommend it to everyone I meet.
Published 5 months ago by Anna B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, but creates high expectations for the rest of the trilogy
The Name of the Wind uses embedded stories to tell the past and present tales of the legendary arcanist Kvothe. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jayson Vavrek
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