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The Name of the Wind

Book 1, 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

Fantastic read

I first stumbled across Patrick Rothfuss and THE NAME OF THE WIND online while perusing George RR Martin's website. Long story short, this book is entertaining, engrossing, well-written, and clever.

THE NAME OF THE WIND has everything needed in a great fantasy novel, utilizing some tried and true themes while still being completely fresh and exciting. The novel takes a different angle on magic, while the use of music and performance truly captivates the reader. I couldn't put this one down, and if you love a good fantasy, neither will you.

One of a kind

I am not one to write reviews but this is one of the most well written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It's characters are complex and the author almost magically weaves the stories that create them.

You can read other reviews for the story but I assure you that you will be richer having read this novel... Which I expect is the first of many for Rothfuss.

My favorite book

By far

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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
  • Print Length: 736 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Kingkiller Chronicles
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, 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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