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The Name of the Wind [Hardcover]

Patrick Rothfuss
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March 27 2007 The Kingkiller Chronicle : Day One (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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous debut July 17 2010
By Brian Ashe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the best first novel I've read in the fantasy genre in quite a few years. Certainly better than Lynch (definitely better than his second), better than Kirkpatrick or Bakker. Why? Because it flows. The language is used in a smoother and better narrative. When the flow breaks, it's for a reason; the plot or the character development requires it. This man is a craftsman of the language. It helps that the story is told in one voice, that of Kvothe. No need to switch dialect or tempo between characters except when they speak. Then the dialogue flows like real speech, stops and turns and side slips.

The story itself has some surprising twists, the minor characters do unexpected things, and things are often what they're not. It's full of humour and loss and love and music and food. And of course, trying to save the world from ancient evil. Or maybe not. At the end of the book, it is definitely not yet clear what has already happened, or what is about to. So I'm waiting for book two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like fantasy, you MUST read this book. Nov. 18 2009
By Kooky
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Do you ever read a book and connect with it so much that you feel as though you are actually immersed in the fantasy? The Name of the Wind does just that. It Immerses you in a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading. I have recommended this book to several friends. Everyone who I have suggested it to, has thanked me repeatedly for telling them about it. You will not miss with this book - REALLY.
Many have suggested that this is an adult version of Harry Potter. Although there are a few similarities (I guess), I do not feel that that is the case, even if that puts this book in good company.
This is the story of a legendary hero that tells "his story" to a biographer who recognises him. What makes this neat, is the story flips from his life story to present time fluidly and perfectly, and you find yourself interested in what is happening in both time frames; as though two major plots are unfolding at the same time.
If you read fantasy you MUST read this book. I read a large amount of this genre, and this more than stacks up to major classic titles. The only downer is that this is book one of three, and the other two are not out yet. But...I can't wait.
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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 The best book I've read in years! Aug. 31 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While the first couple chapters dragged a little for me, the rest of the 650+ page book was incredibly enjoyable. Rothfuss avoids something that many fantasy authors lately are unfortunately getting trapped in, namely over describing every little detail of everything and everyone in the book. Yes the grass is emerald green lush and inviting, I get it, move on already. I recommend this book to everyone it is quite possibly battling its way to the top of my favorites list.
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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 1 month ago by dpalmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - so well told and written
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dean Perlmutter
5.0 out of 5 stars definately lived up to the hype
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mellowie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I will definitely continue with the series
Published 3 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars the Kingkiller chronicles are some of the best written Fantasy books I...
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
Published 3 months ago by Rob Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Mathieu Jolin
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 3 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 5 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 6 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 6 months ago by Nathan Stretch
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