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The Name Of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

by Patrick Rothfuss

Daw | April 1, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Name Of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One is rated 4.8261 out of 5 by 23.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 736 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 0.76 in

Published: April 1, 2008

Publisher: Daw

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0756404746

ISBN - 13: 9780756404741

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing Saw this book listed as one of the top fantasy novels of all time so decided to check it out. The writing was beautiful and fluid but the beginning was a bit slow for my liking. I understand the necessity of character development but I found myself lacking the urge to devour the book because of its slow pace. But it does pick up mid way into Kvothe's retelling of his own journey. Overall a great read.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Page Turner I really enjoyed this book and it was never boring. I love Kvothe and his trials and tribulations in the book.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible For a person who has fallen in love with reading and these types of books. These books the King Killer Chronicles are by far the best books I've read to date. Magically written with everything for everyone, action, adventure, romance,etc....Can not wait for the third installement. These books have been in my thoughts daily for two years and are the only books I have re read!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story line Received this book (and part two: 'A Wise Man's Fear') as a gift. The story line is good. It needs a bit of elaboration or continuum in a few places; but not so much that it ruins the story. I am hoping to get some explanation in book 2. The author is clever with his characters. I really like Kvothe and found myself to be emotionally involved with his triumphs, his failures and his losses... The author knows when his main character needs a change of scenery. This book has everything to keep readers interested.
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tremendous First Novel rating 5 of 5 stars bookshelves read edit shelves status Read from April 11 to 21, 2013 format Hardcover (edit) review (no spoilers) This was such a tremendous book and I can’t wait to start the second one. The book simply does a masterful job of storytelling. That is the best way to describe it. It centers around one character and the story moves smoothly throughout, never really bogging down. This book is listed under the Fantasy genre although it’s different than most. It’s not an epic fantasy like Lord of the Rings where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. There aren’t a ton of characters in the boo...more (no spoilers) This was such a tremendous book and I can’t wait to start the second one. The book simply does a masterful job of storytelling. That is the best way to describe it. It centers around one character and the story moves smoothly throughout, never really bogging down. This book is listed under the Fantasy genre although it’s different than most. It’s not an epic fantasy like Lord of the Rings where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. There aren’t a ton of characters in the book – there is one main person Kvothe. It isn’t full of violence (very little) or nudity (none). There are no elves or dwarves or trolls. Just humans for the most part in a normal world without electricity. It is simply a tremendous coming of age story that is the first of three books to tell the story of Kvothe. He’s an incredibly interesting character and (minor spoiler) the mystery surrounding his parents is an underlying theme that drives the story forward. There is magic in the book but it’s different, it’s very cool and not overdone. I don’t know what else to say other than to read it. I can’t believe this was the author’s first novel. Fantastic.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated out of 5 by from A stunning read. I could hardly tear myself away from it, and look forward anxiously to the third book. Completely outstanding, especially being his first novel.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this The book started out rather cliche and I was unsure if i could stick with it. I'm glad I did because I could not put it down and went out and bought the sequel and now I am anxiously awaiting the third. Good fantasy with great and memorable characters.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Brilliantly written. Intellectually stimulating and extremely well thought out. This book has turned me on to fantasy.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You shouldn't pass this up Not to sound like a broken review record, but if you like fantasy. this is a series to check out. I always read in what little spare time I have, but this book made me MAKE time to read it. Great series, enough said :D
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC, LOVED IT THE BOOK WAS RECOMMENDED BY A FREIND AND I BOUGHT ACOPY AND COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I FOUND IT TO BE A HYPNOTIC ADVENTURE FROM BEGINNING TO END. THANKS PATRICK!! LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING DAY2 NOW.
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for fantasy fans The Name of the Wind has a different take on fantasy, the story is narrated as a chronicle which gaves it a unique personal perspective. Another aspect that deserves is the magic system, it is extremely well done but not over done so the magic doesn't take over the whole story, The room left by the passive magic system allowss the author to flesh out the characters thouroughly; and I think this is the reason why this book is so great, each character is extremely easy to understand and like (or hate ), therefore is almost impossible to stop oneself from reading. Absolutely awesome book; don't miss out!
Date published: 2011-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Name of the Wind I picked this book up on a whim, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I could not put this book down, and that is no exaggeration. The story was interesting and what I define as "believable fantasy". I can't wait to get my hands on book number two.
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fullfilling! You can quickly get into this book and it certainly continues to build throughout. You can see the potential power in the protagonist and are routing for him to discover his buried talents. Very excited about book 2. Recommened this one to anyone with a fantasy sweet spot. Easy to read and follow. Not bogged down in too many characters.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Read In Ages! After I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The Name Of The Wind belongs on your book shelf right between LOTR and Harry Potter.
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read I picked up this book randomly after having seen it as one of my suggested titles (just finished A Song of Ice and Fire) and I have to say that I have no regrets. The story takes a little time to get into, but the main character is very well developed and it is presented in a different fashion than most fantasy books which makes it all the more interesting. Overall, I recommend that you check it out.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little soft but i expect the next two in the series to be darker I'm intrigued by how the story is going to continue. This book did a good job setting the stage for the next two books. It was very interesting watching the main character's life & adventure unfold. kind of like a harry potter since the first book was a little soft but I exepct the next book to bring it up a notch and get a little more darker.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should have posted this review a long time ago... It's been awhile since I first read The Name of the Wind, picking it up mainly because I said to myself "Humm, this fellow has a funny name and I haven't seen him before. Let's see what his debut it all about." I got home, divested this gem of its nice little Indigo Chapters "bag-dress" (Yes? Any reason you're staring at me?), and flipped open the front cover... It punched me in the face. (No, not literally, you silly goose, obviously figuratively!) I believed it must have dislocated my jaw because I was unable to close it while I was reading this book. The characters are fully realised people instead of stereotypes; they have their own motivations, faults, fears, and dreams (The opposite of most fantasy fiction characters). You can really connect with them and become invested. To see Kvothe develop and mature was a real delight that I enjoy every time I reread this book. ...Yes I've reread it over 15 times. No, I'm not "trying to get my money's worth", it's REALLY THAT GOOD. This is a masterpiece debut from a great author. Mr. Rothfuss is one of my idols and if I ever get published he's going to be on the dedication page. I'll be happy if my debut is even 1% as good as his. ...Ahem. In conclusion go buy this book.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Read This Book 9 Times I'm not exaggerating, this book was the most amazing thing I've ever laid my eyes on. I saw it on the shelf the first day and thought, 'There's something about this book...' So I read it. And I have got to say, it was better than every other book I've ever read combined. I made this account just to leave a review. I'd like to start off by saying the characters are beautifully written, well-developed, deep...PEOPLE! They've got flaws, and strengths, and traits, physical uniqueness and DEPTH!!! Some of them have crooked noses, or small ears, or a certain shade of hair that is sure to catch your eye. And they are written so beautifully that by the end of the book you feel as though you know them as intimately as your best friend, even if they were only in a few chapters. The plot: realistic. This is no magical hero with a velvet cape come to liberate the world from the nasty troupe of evil. No, unfortunate situations have forced Kvothe to use his wit, perserverence and good humour to make good decisions. The things he does are often amazing, funny, and heart-burstingly wonderful, but they're real things (albeit, in a different world). They've simply been taken out of context, and he's become a hero. The world, for once, does not revolve around the main character. He is not a strange otherworldy deity, he is a man (an awesome, fire-headed, witty man), and so when he does things, the world does not shift on its axis. Not everyone loves him and very few situations are tailored to his requirements. He just pursues his goals and lives. Oh, and one last thing. Patrick Rothfuss? Hilarious. Do not read this in school/work. You will have tears (of laughter AND sadness) running down your face the entire time, and a stupid grin plastered from temple to temple. The songs in this book wrench your heart as though you're hearing them, the jokes make your cheeks hurt, the awkward silences make you cringe, and every risk Kvothe takes will have you gripping the pages with worry. Read this book, and further live. That's all I've got to say...well, all I can think of right now. Buy it.
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Destined to be a Classic!! OK i'll be short and frank. I don't write many reviews but i fellt compelled to write this. Not since G R R Martins "Song of Ice and Fire" books have I been so drawn into a Fantasy book. Mr. Rothfuss is a storyteller of top rank and this book deserves to be up on the shelf besides Robin Hobbs "farseer trilogy" , Martins "Song of Ice and Fire", Jordans "wheel of time", and all other classic epic fantasy. Now all I have to do is wait till book two....arghhh! Its a tie Between "dance with Dragons" and "Wise mans Fear" as to which Author I'd like to light a fire under...but both will be worth the wait. Buy this, Read this, you will not be sorry.....
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOD This is an awesome, amazing, fabulous book! It just draws you right in, the characters are well created and fleshed out and you get a wonderful feel for the world the story is set in when other people get to tell their tales in the book. If you decide to give Patrick Rothfuss a try, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suprising I'm hard to new authors, specially with shitty covers. I wasn't really enthusiastic when a Coles employee recommended this book to me. I was looking for a new series to fill my time till I could get my hands on Brandon Sanderson's Hero of Ages - which I highly recommend. Suffice to say, this book blew my mind. Rothfuss is very good. I'm glad I didn't return it. It's meatier, if that makes sense. Some authors barely scratch the surface of their characters let alone the whole series and some flesh them out, give them life and meaning and cradle them, giving us, the readers, the pain, agony, and joy of how it was when the author wrote it. Rothfuss' debut felt like the latter, like its a beginning of something wonderful. The beginning teases you and hints at what the story is all about. It unravels at the right time, giving us just the perfect amount of emotion. The main character is not a hero nor is he a villain, but he's certainly arrogant enough to be both. It's a great addition to the great epic trilogies and series that's out in shelves to date. If we compare epic books, the usual names crop up: Jordan and Martin, comes to mind and early Hobb, etc.... I think Rothfuss is a serious addition. If his sequel is as great or even better than the first book, this author will wind up having a following as large as the greats I mentioned.
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from masterful and imaginative This startling discovery was recommended to me, of all things, by a customer. After comparing fantasy likes and dislikes for a few minutes, he turned to me with shining eyes and announced: "I think this is the best fantasy book I've read in the last 5 years." This from a man who had, by all evidence, read nearly every fantasy book in the section. For that man, I have two words: "Thank you." "The Name of the Wind" is a gem in the fantasy world. The characters are living, breathing people with emotions, thoughts and all too realistic impulses. You live the story right along with Kvothe, you wonder what might be hidden under Bast's impish mannerisms, and you get swept along into a story worthy of Tolkien's sagas or Ed Greenwood's mischievous Elminster. Humour, action, emotion and, most of all, intelligence are intricately woven into a stunning tapestry of fantasy that propels Rothfuss into the ranks of the best fantasy writers.
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unexpected discovery First, the title of the book caught my eye, but I didn't think much of it. Then, I started reading the book and couldn't put it down. 700 pages may seem long but no...at the end, I found myself wanting more. It may resemble Harry Potter in a way because there's a young magician in a school of magic and all, but the resemblance probably ends there... You will find it darker and much deeper. The author has a great style, he knows how to set up the atmosphere so you get completely lost in the story. I love the fact that although the book has its dark side with sometimes deep philosophy and charming poetry, it is also filled with jokes throughhout the pages...so you get to laugh, cry, and so much more. I recommend it to all fantasy lovers ...and also to the fatasy beginners, because this book will make them love the genre. I won't say more about the book or the details in it, because it would take all the fun of reading it away. So buy it or borrow it....but make sure to read it!!!!
Date published: 2008-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sleeper hit This book caught me by surprise. What started as a mediocre and badly written story, launched into a wonderfully realized history of an interesting and gifted individual. This authors first work creates a unique history and potent setting to combine academia and magic that is full of ideas and some of the best dialogue i've read in years. Low fantasy at its best.
Date published: 2008-04-22

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The Name Of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

The Name Of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

by Patrick Rothfuss

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 736 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 0.76 in

Published: April 1, 2008

Publisher: Daw

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0756404746

ISBN - 13: 9780756404741

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PROLOGUEA Silence of Three PartsIT WAS NIGHT AGAIN. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind it would have sighed through the trees, set the inn’s sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves. If there had been a crowd, even a handful of men inside the inn, they would have filled the silence with conversation and laughter, the clatter and clamor one expects from a drinking house during the dark hours of night. If there had been music…but no, of course there was no music. In fact there were none of these things, and so the silence remained.Inside the Waystone a pair of men huddled at one corner of the bar. They drank with quiet determination, avoiding serious discussions of troubling news. In doing this they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one. It made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar. It was in the weight of the black stone hearth that held the heat of a long dead fire. It was in the slow back and forth of a white linen cloth rubbing along the grain of the bar. And it was in the hands of the man who stood there, polishing a stretch of mahogany that already gleamed in the lamplight.The
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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.

About the Author

Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com.

Editorial Reviews

"The debut of a writer we would all do well to watch. Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous." -Terry Brooks "The great new fantasy writer we've all been waiting for." -Orson Scott Card "The type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. THE FANTASY WORLD HAS A NEW STAR." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "REFRESHINGLY NIMBLE AND OF-BEAT...a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic." -San Francisco Chronicle "One of the best stories told in any medium in a decade." -The Onion "A rare and great pleasure." -Ursula K. LeGuin "Elegantly told." -Library Journal (starred review)