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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 1 edition (March 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640407X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404079
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zafri M. on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Feb. 9 2015
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The story..... JUST READ IT!

Its a fun read, its written to flow, its written to speak to your senses, and provide you just enough detail to give you the freedom to engross yourself. The characters are each unique and the world is fascinating. The story will provide everything from magic to love to heartache to anger to laughter.

Some of my favorite books include: 'To kill a mockingbird', 'Brave new world', 'Enders Game- Speaker of the dead - Xenocide', 'Terminal World', 'Game of Thrones (all of them)', Kite Runner etc...
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While it has the page-count of a fantasy epic -- something others have complained about that doesn't bother me at all; it's fantasy, long is good -- and the profusion of stupid, pseudo-exotic names (the main character is called Kvothe), for the most part this is familiar and predictable material. Rothfuss is a shrewd businessman, and takes lazy short-cuts to by-pass the tedious work that comes with world-building. He picks the low-hanging fruit of fantasy tropes from the literary orchards of better writers; he suggests his 'new' fantasy universe, instead of writing it, certain that readers will bring their favorite forests, mountains, and cities from Middle Earth and Westeros with them.

In a smart, cynical attempt to build a Gary Stu for all the girls who grew up reading Harry Potter, Rothfuss created Kvothe. As a boy, this tragic hero's idyllic existence was cut short when his Gypsy-like tribe and musician parents were killed by a group of demi-gods known as the Chandrian. Kvothe returns from a short trip through the woods, to find the smoldering wreckage and corpses of the 'Edema Ruh' caravan. The Chandrian are still hanging around the crime scene, making convenient banter so terribly cliched and uninspired, that Rothfuss immediately murdered my interest in Kvothe's quest for vengeance, the prime motive force in his story. He makes plans to complete the training in magic his Uncle Obi-Wan began, and make his way to the University. He's not in any hurry, however. 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.
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I really enjoyed this novel mainly because of its focus on the teenage years of a hero in the making. Many have commented on the writing style, which may be unusual in the fantasy world but not much in literature as a whole. In my opinion, what makes this novel truly different is its emphasis on the learning years of Kvothe.

As mentioned by other reviewers, the story pace is on the slow side without being too slow or too long in my view. I was never bored at any point while reading this novel. There is one thing that has bothered me however and it is the fact that there is no proper ending to this novel. I know and understand that this is only the first part of a trilogy, but there is no climax near the end of the novel or any form of conclusion to any of the main story plots. I was left with a "now what?" kind of feeling. I would have preferred a more defined separation between this first tome and the next one. I will be the first to admit that this is a small issue.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Patrick St-Denis, editor of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist on Feb. 9 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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