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The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicles

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The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 29, 2007 – 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.

Customer Reviews

As good as the first time

I have absolutely no problem buying this book for the third time. It will be very nice to have this book in my pocket at all times. It will just be a shame that no one will ask what I am reading now to share what joys this book recreates for me.

Awesome read from a new author

Name of the Wind is a great story told wit a good voice. I have read it three times and each read was as good as the first time, I can hardly put it down!

I wish Rothfuss hadn't taken his writing schedule cues from GRR Martin, but I am confident that the next book in the series will be good enough to make it worth the wait.

Mature fantasy

I'll start by saying Game of Thrones is my favorite fantasy series "even though Martin makes you mad waiting for his next installment ". Name of the Wind is like Thrones except instead of a massive character list this focuses on one principle player. If you enjoy reading the drama of ones life and how it shapes that person into what he eventually becomes then this is a rare treat. I am 39 years old and read a lot of books, I recommend it for mature readers that like a good dramatic mystery in the fantasy realm. I was hesitant to read this book at first but the reviews swayed me and I am so glad I listened to that inner voice that helps me pick a story. So without further ado I suggest you come on into the Waystone Inn, get a seat by the fire, and listen.

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The Name of the Wind
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Mar 27, 2007
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 736 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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