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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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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ for "The Name of the Wind" Sept. 26 2009
By Zafri M. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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23 of 30 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 500 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, but... April 2 2014
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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... Personally, I'd like to see a wider variety of female characters.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic yarn Feb. 4 2013
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This is a unbelievably entertaining novel. A fantasy rich with new yet familiar, characters, plot and a complex world. You finish this first work ready and eager for the second instalment. Clever, fresh and remarkably believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and epic fantasy novel Oct. 7 2012
By KyleL
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Name of the Wind contains many things to like. What I liked most about it was the delivery, including many descriptive passages, as it felt fresh and unique. The setting feels familiar and yet an amalgam of many fantasy tropes. It is fun and exciting, and everything seems dynamic and vibrant, from the characters to the environment to the conflicts.

There are two things that deterred me from liking this book completely, and almost had me putting the book down by the halfway mark: The number of critical obstacles the hero had to overcome and the amount of the story that occurred at a school. Thankfully the story kept going and by the end these two elements are diminished.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By fuzzuck
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While it certainly has the pagecount of a fantasy epic, and the profusion of silly names (the main character is called Kvothe), for the most part this is a banal and predictable tale; a vaguely likable hero is on a meandering quest of vengeance against a cliched cabal of powerful demigods who killed his parents. He's not in any hurry, however, and neither is the author, who's content to dawdle on the streets of 'Tarbean' with his homeless orphan hero, in a mystifying digression that expands neither our interest in the world or character the author is trying to build. As we follow Kvothe into 'The University', the story adopts a grittier and more practical approach to Harry Potter tropes. Kvothes' concerns become pettier and pettier, problems with tuition, and snarky professors, and of course, the rich-kid upperclassman who becomes his sworn enemy. Our hero's friends are all one-dimensional constructs who apparently are interested only in the events of Kvothes' life, a collection of speech patterns and superficial traits that mask their purpose as mirrors to further examine Kvothe -- who is himself a thinly disguised product of the author's own navel-gazing. If you're looking for truly epic Tolkien or Martin-scale world-building, look elsewhere. If you're looking for rousing adventure, unforgettable characters and emotionally wrenching plot twists, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a book that is excruciatingly underedited, and wish to torture yourself with pretentious prose passages that begin: "It was a silence of three parts...", then by all means, seek out 'The Name of the Wind'.
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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 22 days 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 23 days 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 1 month ago by Jayson Vavrek
5.0 out of 5 stars best novel ever!!
I normally don't read novels .. Or anything other then magazines...but my husband read this book and loved it and would tell me about it now and then. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Wonderful story to read. Kept me engaged throughout. You often feel sorry for the main character. Every bit of progress is hard earned and crushed with equal tragedy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fosol
5.0 out of 5 stars no doubt a favourite for me
I hate the cover. If you saw this cover in a bookstore, would you even consider picking it up? It's so generic and I loved the first edition cover so much more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fantasys Ink
5.0 out of 5 stars I envy anyone who will be reading this book for the first time!
Rothfuss creates a beautiful world and unforgettable characters in this amazing book. One of the best fantasy novels I have ever read and one that I will read over and over in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicole Snowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut
A very long winded but beautifully written story. Rothfuss does a masterful job creating character and setting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RMD1984
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A good tale, written in a way that made me feel like i was being told a story, not simply reading one. Patrick weaves his humor into such casual words its amazing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason Easton
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a great story, wonderfully written
Rothfuss is an incredible writer and storyteller. I've never bothered to add a review, but this book was simply too good not to. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bretton Maclean
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