The Name of the Wind Hardcover – Mar 27 2007
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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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When I read books, I am always looking not just for a great story but also for the pleasure of reading. The reading pleasure comes from the writing itself. And this book is beautifully written. The story grabs you from the first page, and slowly builds up, leaving you craving to know more.
waiting for the 3rd book is the hardest part now.
Don't let the idea of character development dissuade you from reading this novel. As a reader I was always drawn into the characters and the story. Rothfuss has a way of making a simple cart ride down a road into something dramatic and engaging. All of his characters are complex and fun to follow. Rothfuss has done a fine job of writing well crafted characters while keeping the story light and immensely readable.
This first novel in "The Kingkiller Chroncles" follows the youth of the to be legend, Kvothe. It is told mostly in the first person but doesn't suffer from the fist person drawl that many novels fall down on. There is plenty of dialogue to break things up and the past is presented as if it were happening in the moment. This allows the reader to maintain a connection to the characters and propels the immediacy needed to keep the story flowing.
This really is a fantastic novel and I look forward to reading the next chapter in this series.
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.
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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Read it once, then re-read it right away, along with "The Wise Man's Fear".Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a good read and very absorbing. It has some interesting similarities to other popular fantasy series. I have already purchased the follow up "The Wise Man's Fear".Published 8 days ago by Travis C.
Patrick Rothfuss is an excellent story teller. I was engrossed in reading this book as soon as I had read the first page.Published 12 days ago by Keeley
This book is what fantasy should be - a compelling story that is slow to reveal it's secrets and which keeps you on the edge of your seat as you read it.Published 16 days ago by JT Walker
Highly recommended, held me from cover to cover. Cannot wait for the third installment of this series. Hurry up Patrick.Published 18 days ago