The Name Of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One by Patrick RothfussThe Name Of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One by Patrick Rothfuss

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

byPatrick Rothfuss

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 2008

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Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
 
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DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND
 
My name is Kvothe.
 
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
 
You may have heard of me.
 
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.  

 
Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
 
“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
George R. R. MartinNew York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
 
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.” 
Terry BrooksNew York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
 
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea
 
"The characters are real and the magic is true.” 
Robin HobbNew York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
 
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description." 
Brandon SandersonNew York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was 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 appeared on N...
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Title:The Name Of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day OneFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:736 pages, 6.81 × 4.31 × 1.5 inShipping dimensions:6.81 × 4.31 × 1.5 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:DawLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeously Written Patrick Rothfuss is a magician with words. He illustrates a magical world of mystery and adventure. This is a must for anyone who likes fantasy.
Date published: 2019-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An instant classic Should be spoken of in the same breath as Tolkien. May be my favorite book of all time. Onwards, to book 2. Highest recommendation. #indigostaff
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid read!!! I picked this up and could not put it down. Any fantasy reader will love this book!
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read... This is a must read for all fantasy readers and also for any one looking for thriller, suspense Amazing characters and world (of course the magic system)
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it i got it as a gift and its now probably my favorite book
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing If you love fantasy, then you'll love The Name of the Wind. It's a bit of a difficult read but the storytelling is fantastic and every page is worth it
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic A long but very interesting book. Excited to see where the second book takes us.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner! I have read this twice now and it's a definite page turner! The author brilliantly shifts from past to present in this intriguing tale that will make you laugh but also keep you on your toes the whole time. This is a recommendation for any fantasy lover!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book. This is the type of book I will re read for years to come.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Novel It took me a while to get into this book as I had been distracted by work and school. However, once I got into it I couldn't put it down for a solid week and had to buy the second one immediately. Rothfuss is an incredible story teller.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Fantasy I have read this book a couple of times, and both times it was so easy to fall into Patrick Rothfuss' world. He write with such prose the words flow off the page. This book is a modern fairy tale and is a strong start to what will eventually be a complete trilogy(I hope). If you are a fan of high fantasy I high recommend checking this novel out!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever Hands down the best book I have ever read. So much suspense, and fantasy, and everything one looks for in a book.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Love this! I have re read this Novel several times and each time I find new layers, it is as if the story was totally new to me once again. I love this series and am so excited for the third book to come out. Kvothe is a character you can't help but love. The world Patrick Rothfuss is amazing! It is certainly fantasy but still feel so incredibly real. His skills and talents are clearly extraordinary and I can tell his work will be something I treasure for the rest of my life!
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best World Building I love the world building in this book, its a really interesting story especially the science of magic in the book.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finished my 3rd reading, ready for one more... Thoroughly engrossing, compelling and addictive. I've read this three times now and I'm looking forward to the fourth. Day One of the Kingkiller Chronicles makes you look forward to the rest of the week!
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i adored this book a coworker of mine recommended this to me and i absolutely loved it. Rothfuss's way of story telling really sucks you in and gets you enveloped in the story. there are a few dry points but the overarching storyline helps you get through those parts. I have as of yet to read the sequel but do own it and plan on reading it soon. hoping that 3rd in the trilogy will come out soon!
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre if you like Epics/Colorful World Building Pros: - Good personal wisdom - Best for those who like low-key realistic fantasy Cons: - Dry world building (ex: the academy was depicted as a grey box with no windows.) - A lot of filler, descriptions going on endlessly on unimportant details - Science = magic; great if you're a science fanatic, however no details or explanations of the science applied (It's not a dragon... it's a lizard! A big lizard!) - Lot of description on pauper lifestyle (I think at least half was devoted to just this) - Back of the book was a lot more colorful on details than the actual content of the book (I think some of the events actually didn't happen in this book) This is just my opinion. Others may enjoy the cons I specified.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Series - Highly Recommend I read this book right away when it first came out, and it is still to this day the best fantasy series I have ever read. It's engaging, easy to read, and highly captivating. I recommend this series to everyone I know, and I've read it myself multiple times over.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding I have read this book about 4 times already, and have purchased the 10th Anniversary edition; this is truly a marvel of a fantasy novel. I implore you to delve into the pages; I promise you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I found this book slow to get into. Once I did I couldn't put it down. It has become one of my favourite series. I love everything about this book. I was recommended it and I'm beyond happy that I checked it out.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this! The story sometimes got a bit long in the telling, but I really enjoyed the overall feel and tone of the book. I have the second book and look forward to reading it down the road. Really enjoyable overall, but it was a book that I read over a relatively long period of time due to putting it down for a couple of weeks periodically when I felt like it was dragging.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites This series is one of my favourites. The first two books are out and I can't wait for the third to finally release. If you like Fantasy with a unique perspective, you'll love this book.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book. Love this book. It is original and exciting. Great​ characters and plot. Love everything about it. Very well written. The only downside is I have been waiting over a decade for the final book.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great magic system I really enjoyed this one. The magic system is very interesting, and the world building is quite good. There's a set up for a Big Plot, but that's almost entirely in the background. The interesting bits are all about the main character's attempts to survive as an orphan and get himself through school.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best new series This series is fantastic. Highly recommend to fantasy fans.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this, waiting for Day 3 Great Book if your love fantasy, Love the world and the idea of this being a history written of Kovothe told by him. Highly Recommened
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid read Don't have to read 50 pages a day like you have to with game of thrones
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do yourself a favour and pick this up! Love this book and the series! You need to read this if you like fantasy. Just read it slow, I've been waiting for years for the third book to come out.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book Ever I actually purchased this book on a whim as it was by the till and on sale. I hadn't picked it up to read it until a couple years later. And boy was I ever upset I hadn't read it sooner!!! This book is beautifully written and is a completely original tale. Rothfuss did a phenomenal job creating this world Kvothe finds himself in. I honestly cannot praise this book enough! It is a must read, especially for anyone enthralled by fantasy novels.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! I loved the book, it was easy to follow yet had a great amount of detail and character development. My only critique is that I found the ending too open; otherwise it was an incredibly enjoyable novel and I would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fantasty! Good fantasy read! I loved that the characters were fairly easy to relate to in a weird way but you got invested in their lives.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALL TIME FAVORITE Hands down, (not counting Harry Potter), this is my #1 favorite book of all time. Took a bit of time to get used to the writing style, but wow! Definitely a book I will be re-reading over over in the future.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I was putting off writing a review for this book because I knew there was no possible way I could convey how incredible it is. As an avid reader, I can honestly say that this is one of the greatest books I've ever read. It has everything you could possibly want in a fantasy, not to mention the fact that Rothfuss is one of the greatest writers of this generation (in my opinion). Whether or not you are a fan of fantasy novels, do yourself a favour and pick this up... you will not regret it.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I don't know where to begin with this book. The way it's written is seamless, I didn't have any difficulty following the story at all. The main character is not your typical hero. He was annoying at times, but still I couldn't put the book down. What I don't like is that the third book is not out yet, its been years and the release date is still not confirmed.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Probably my favourite fantasy book! This is probably my favourite fantasy book. It's beautifully written. The protagonist makes for a compelling hero/anti hero, the magic system is detailed and fascinating, and there is just the right amount of humor. It is a little reminiscent of Harry Potter, and there are themes of storytelling throughout. Lots of people come back to my store to tell me how much they loved it, though the author is taking his time with book 3, so you have been warned!!! #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rollercoaster ride It felt like rollercoaster ride when I reading this but over all I enjoyed it. The ending of the book definitely make me wanted to continue with the series but then the lack of third book for many years scare me to continue with the series.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unexpected find! I happened to find this book while browsing and figured I'd give it a read. I'm so happy that I did. It is a great story, filled with interesting characters and a captivating plot.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I haven't finished it yet but I am about halfway, and all I can say is that it is amazing, the writing, the plot, I adore everything about this book. It's one of the books you don't want to finish just because you never want it to finish! Definitely buying, The Wise Man's Fear.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible One of my favourite series of all time!!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quite long but nonetheless, a really good and entertaining novel to read!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favorites To this day, I have no found a novel harder to describe and recommend to friends than this one. through stumbling and rambling about a badass Innkeep, I manage to convince them to try it, and not a single person has regretting diving into this amazingly written, beautiful world that Rothfuss has created. If you're on the fence, I HIGHLY suggest picking this book up you will not be disapointed!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great One of the best fantasy books I've read.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it - haven't been as engrossed in a fantasy book in a long time This book follows the story of Kvothe, as told by himself later in his life. Both the story of his life and the mystery of who he becomes and what is in store for him are presented in a beautifully written, imaginative and captivating fashion. The main character, one born into a family of performers and storytellers, presents the story from his perspective and in his own style. I really loved the way the character's experience and personality informed the narrative style and perspective. Rothfuss has created a really beautiful and engrossing world and I totally loved this book. Be warned though, this is the first book in the series, and we've been waiting for the third for some time now!!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I cannot recommend this book enough. Patrick Rothfuss pulls you into his world within the first few pages of his novel, leaving you wanting more as you close the cover. Filled with adventure, and exciting characters, you can't go wrong reading this book!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant Classic A beautifully written and compelling tale. Can't wait for the trilogy to be completed!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great patrick rothfuss is really cool. good book
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Felt so good to read. A book that captured me instantly because of it's focus on the main character. It's always a great experience to read about the main character acquiring vast knowledge and power over the course of their journey and evokes the "feel good" aspect of fantasy that i really enjoy. If you're a reader who enjoys a story focused on a single character "leveling up" over the course of the book(s) this is definitely one you're going to want to add to your shelf.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I bought this a month ago and I'm so happy I did.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Critical Hit Saw Rothfuss on Critical Role and decided to pick the book up on a whim. Sooooo glad I did!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This has become my favorite novel. An absolutely phenomenal book and one of the best I have ever read. Set in a medieval world it follows a man telling his story of how he learned magic and became a legend in the world. This has my favorite form of magic I have ever read about, a scientific magic called sympathy, and is an incredibly real story. It flows incredibly easily and Kvothe is an amazing character you just want to know more about. I have convinced tons of family and friends to read this novel and not one person has ever come back disappointed. Even if you don't like Fantasy this is a must read."
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't usually write reviews. But when I do... I never write reviews, however I feel I have to write one for "The Name of The Wind". A friend recommended it to me, as did an Indigo staff member when I went to buy it. I can honestly say that this book (and the next in the series "The Wise Man's Fear") are without a doubt the best fantasy I have ever had the pleasure or reading. Although a bit slow in the beginning, the story picks up and then never stops. The emotions and reactions to situations shown by the protagonist Kvothe are quite realistic. It's very refreshing to see an author understanding the complex psychology of each character rather than giving them typical "two-dimensional" personalities and reactions. I would definitely recommend for fans of fantasy and anyone new to the fantasy genre.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book A must read for any fantasy book lover.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different but very good Glad I picked up this one. It's hard to find fresh stories in this genre. As I write this I am still not done reading. I seldom or never give reviews but needed to leave one for this book. Whoever has not read it yet is in for a real treat
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This book was at first a slow build for me, but once it has its hook in you, you can't put it down. Kvothe's story is amazingly, perfectly woven, and captivating. I would definitely read this one again.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an awesome story and I look forward to reading all the subsequent installments. Rothfuss is a master story teller.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent With this book Rothfuss became my favorite author. The Name of the Wind is a story full of magic and emotions. It will really make you laugh in one page, make you almost cry in despair in the next one and, finally, bring you to tears of joy in the next one. And I am not just saying it, you will remember this when you read this three pages I mentioned. Anyways, IMHO, Rothfuss is a wizard or words, and this book brings us a wonderfull new world with exciting characters and magic that really makes sense.
Date published: 2015-06-08
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 Compelling This is one of those masterworks you simply can't put down. I don't know if it's because it reads like a fireside story, or simply because the main character is someone you should hate but instead feel for.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Couldn't put it down, sucks you into the story and won't pet you go. Can't see what's in store for our hero in the next installment
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked Expertly woven story. I'm hungry for more. That's all I wanted to say but this thing has a 100 character minimum. Bah!
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Just wow I love the way this book is written. The story within the story. The back and forth between first person from Kvothe's tale and the third person of the present. I love the style. Leaves you wanting, no, NEEDING more. Rothfuss is wonderful.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic.. Exceptional. One of new all time favourite books. The authors words are so stunning my breath was taken away again and again.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Books I've Read In Years I realized recently that I hadn't opened a book in over a year. I bought, Name of the Wind on recommendation of a friend, and was not disappointed! Not only is this the best book I've read in what seems like ages, it's also one of the best fantasy novels I've ever picked up. After my reading hiatus, I can't put this one down!
Date published: 2015-01-21
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 The Name of the Wind Wonderful story. The pace is good and the characters interesting. Use of temporal swings adds colour and depth to the story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I'm so glad that my daughter introduced me to this book . I'm in awe of the writing.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite modern fantasy! One of the most interesting fantasy books I have ever read. Distinguishes it's self from other fantasy books by not so much focusing on the epic quest or the impending end of the world but on characters. Please do your self a favor and read this book, as both a lover of fantasy and literature I cannot recommend it enough.
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Name of the Wind Wow. Beautifully written. The words are like flowing poetry that gently and gracefully carry the story along.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book I have not read a book of this high quality for several years. I put this first book on the same pedestal as a Lord of The Rings or Elric and his black soul stealing sword. It is an awesome read and recommend it to anyone who loves high fantasy combined with a grim realism that makes it all come live. Anybody could write a fop that magic missiles the dark but this was a woven tapestry of the highest quality.
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Name of the wind Best book I've ever read... I've been waiting more than a year for the third book to come out.
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read the book twice and still can't gat enough of it.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Name of the Wind I love it I can't wait till I get the next one
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Awesome. Love the writing style.
Date published: 2014-08-19
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 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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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 man had true-red hair, red as flame. His eyes were dark and distant, and he moved with the subtle certainty that comes from knowing many things.The Waystone was his, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the others inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumn’s ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.CHAPTER ONEA Place for DemonsIt was Felling Night, and the usual crowd had gathered at the Waystone Inn. Five wasn’t much of a crowd, but five was as many as the Waystone ever saw these days, times being what they were.Old Cob was filling his role as storyteller and advice dispensary. The men at the bar sipped their drinks and listened. In the back room a young innkeeper stood out of sight behind the door, smiling as he listened to the details of a familiar story.“When he awoke, Taborlin the Great found himself locked in a high tower. They had taken his sword and stripped him of his tools: key, coin, and candle were all gone. But that weren’t even the worst of it, you see...” Cob paused for effect, “...cause the lamps on the wall were burning blue!”Graham, Jake, and Shep nodded to themselves. The three friends had grown up together, listening to Cob’s stories and ignoring his advice.Cob peered closely at the newer, more attentive member of his small audience, the smith’s prentice. “Do you know what that meant, boy?” Everyone called the smith’s prentice “boy” despite the fact that he was a hand taller than anyone there. Small towns being what they are, he would most likely remain “boy” until his beard filled out or he bloodied someone’s nose over the matter.The boy gave a slow nod. “The Chandrian.”“That’s right,” Cob said approvingly. “The Chandrian. Everyone knows that blue fire is one of their signs. Now he was—”“But how’d they find him?” the boy interrupted. “And why din’t they kill him when they had the chance?”“Hush now, you’ll get all the answers before the end,” Jake said. “Just let him tell it.”“No need for all that, Jake,” Graham said. “Boy’s just curious. Drink your drink.”“I drank me drink already,” Jake grumbled. “I need t’nother but the innkeep’s still skinning rats in the back room.” He raised his voice and knocked his empty mug hollowly on the top of the mahogany bar. “Hoy! We’re thirsty men in here!”The innkeeper appeared with five bowls of stew and two warm, round loaves of bread. He pulled more beer for Jake, Shep, and Old Cob, moving with an air of bustling efficiency.The story was set aside while the men tended to their dinners. Old Cob tucked away his bowl of stew with the predatory efficiency of a lifetime bachelor. The others were still blowing steam off their bowls when he finished the last of his loaf and returned to his story.“Now Taborlin needed to escape, but when he looked around, he saw his cell had no door. No windows. All around him was nothing but smooth, hard stone. It was a cell no man had ever escaped.“But Taborlin knew the names of all things, and so all things were his to command. He said to the stone: ‘Break!’ and the stone broke. The wall tore like a piece of paper, and through that hole Taborlin could see the sky and breathe the sweet spring air. He stepped to the edge, looked down, and without a second thought he stepped out into the open air....”The boy’s eyes went wide. “He didn’t!”Cob nodded seriously. “So Taborlin fell, but he did not despair. For he knew the name of the wind, and so the wind obeyed him. He spoke to the wind and it cradled and caressed him. It bore him to the ground as gently as a puff of thistledown and set him on his feet softly as a mother’s kiss.“And when he got to the ground and felt his side where they’d stabbed him, he saw that it weren’t hardly a scratch. Now maybe it was just a piece of luck,” Cob tapped the side of his nose knowingly. “Or maybe it had something to do with the amulet he was wearing under his shirt.”“What amulet?” the boy asked eagerly through a mouthful of stew.Old Cob leaned back on his stool, glad for the chance to elaborate. “A few days earlier, Taborlin had met a tinker on the road. And even though Taborlin didn’t have much to eat, he shared his dinner with the old man.”“Right sensible thing to do,” Graham said quietly to the boy. “Everyone knows: ‘A tinker pays for kindness twice.’”“No no,” Jake grumbled. “Get it right: ‘A tinker’s advice pays kindness twice.’”The innkeeper spoke up for the first time that night. “Actually, you’re missing more than half,” he said, standing in the doorway behind the bar.“A tinker’s debt is always paid:Once for any simple trade.Twice for freely-given aid.Thrice for any insult made.”The men at the bar seemed almost surprised to see Kote standing there. They’d been coming to the Waystone every Felling night for months and Kote had never interjected anything of his own before. Not that you could expect anything else, really. He’d only been in town for a year or so. He was still a stranger. The smith’s prentice had lived here since he was eleven, and he was still referred to as “that Rannish boy,” as if Rannish were some foreign country and not a town less than thirty miles away.“Just something I heard once,” Kote said to fill the silence, obviously embarrassed.Old Cob nodded before he cleared his throat and launched back into the story. “Now this amulet was worth a whole bucket of gold nobles, but on account of Taborlin’s kindness, the tinker sold it to him for nothing but an iron penny, a copper penny, and a silver penny. It was black as a winter night and cold as ice to touch, but so long as it was round his neck, Taborlin would be safe from the harm of evil things. Demons and such.”“I’d give a good piece for such a thing these days,” Shep said darkly. He had drunk most and talked least over the course of the evening. Everyone knew that something bad had happened out on his farm last Cendling night, but since they were good friends they knew better than to press him for the details. At least not this early in the evening, not as sober as they were.“Aye, who wouldn’t?” Old Cob said judiciously, taking a long drink.“I din’t know the Chandrian were demons,” the boy said. “I’d heard—”“They ain’t demons,” Jake said firmly. “They were the first six people to refuse Tehlu’s choice of the path, and he cursed them to wander the corners—”“Are you telling this story, Jacob Walker?” Cob said sharply. “Cause if you are, I’ll just let you get on with it.”The two men glared at each other for a long moment. Eventually Jake looked away, muttering something that could, conceivably, have been an apology.Cob turned back to the boy. “That’s the mystery of the Chandrian,” he explained. “Where do they come from? Where do they go after they’ve done their bloody deeds? Are they men who sold their souls? Demons? Spirits? No one knows.” Cob shot Jake a profoundly disdainful look. “Though every half-wit claims he knows....”The story fell further into bickering at this point, about the nature of the Chandrian, the signs that showed their presence to the wary, and whether the amulet would protect Taborlin from bandits, or mad dogs, or falling off a horse. Things were getting heated when the front door banged open.Jake looked over. “It’s about time you got in, Carter. Tell this damn fool the difference between a demon and a dog. Everybody kn—” Jake stopped midsentence and rushed to the door. “God’s body, what happened to you?”Carter stepped into the light, his face pale and smeared with blood. He clutched an old saddle blanket to his chest. It was an odd, awkward shape, as if it were wrapped around a tangle of kindling sticks.His friends jumped off their stools and hurried over at the sight of him. “I’m fine,” he said as he made his slow way into the common room. His eyes were wild around the edges, like a skittish horse. “I’m fine. I’m fine.”He dropped the bundled blanket onto the nearest table where it knocked hard against the wood, as if it were full of stones. His clothes were crisscrossed with long, straight cuts. His grey shirt hung in loose tatters except where it was stuck to his body, stained a dark, sullen red.Graham tried to ease him into a chair. “Mother of God. Sit down, Carter. What happened to you? Sit down.”Carter shook his head stubbornly. “I told you, I’m fine. I’m not hurt that bad.”“How many were there?” Graham said.“One,” Carter said. “But it’s not what you think—”“Goddammit. I told you, Carter,” Old Cob burst out with the sort of frightened anger only relatives and close friends can muster. “I told you for months now. You can’t go out alone. Not even as far as Baedn. It ain’t safe.” Jake laid a hand on the old man’s arm, quieting him.“Just take a sit,” Graham said, still trying to steer Carter into a chair. “Let’s get that shirt off you and get you cleaned up.”Carter shook his head. “I’m fine. I got cut up a little, but the blood is mostly Nelly’s. It jumped on her. Killed her about two miles outside town, past the Oldstone Bridge.”A moment of serious silence followed the news. The smith’s prentice laid a sympathetic hand on Carter’s shoulder. “Damn. That’s hard. She was gentle as a lamb, too. Never tried to bite or kick when you brought her in for shoes. Best horse in town. Damn. I’m...” He trailed off. “Damn. I don’t know what to say.” He looked around helplessly.Cob finally managed to free himself from Jake. “I told you,” he repeated, shaking a finger in Carter’s direction. “There’s folks out lately that would kill you for a pair of pennies, let alone a horse and cart. What are you going to do now? Pull it yourself?”There was a moment of uncomfortable quiet. Jake and Cob glared at each other while the rest seemed at a loss for words, unsure of how to comfort their friend.The innkeeper moved carefully through the silence. Arms full, he stepped nimbly around Shep and began to arrange some items on a nearby table: a bowl of hot water, shears, some clean linen, a few glass bottles, needle and gut.“This never would have happened if he’d listened to me in the first place,” Old Cob muttered. Jake tried to quiet him, but Cob brushed him aside. “I’m just tellin’ the truth. It’s a damn shame about Nelly, but he better listen now or he’ll end up dead. You don’t get lucky twice with those sort of men.”Carter’s mouth made a thin line. He reached out and pulled the edge of the bloody blanket. Whatever was inside flipped over once and snagged on the cloth. Carter tugged harder and there was a clatter like a bag of flat river stones upended onto the tabletop.It was a spider as large as a wagon wheel, black as slate.The smith’s prentice jumped backward and hit a table, knocking it over and almost falling to the ground himself. Cob’s face went slack. Graham, Shep, and Jake made wordless, startled sounds and moved away, raising their hands to their faces. Carter took a step backward that was almost like a nervous twitch. Silence filled the room like a cold sweat.The innkeeper frowned. “They can’t have made it this far west yet,” he said softly.If not for the silence, it is unlikely anyone would have heard him. But they did. Their eyes pulled away from the thing on the table to stare mutely at the red-haired man.Jake found his voice first. “You know what this is?”The innkeeper’s eyes were distant. “Scrael,” he said distractedly. “I’d thought the mountains—”“Scrael?” Jake broke in. “Blackened body of God, Kote. You’ve seen these things before?”“What?” The red-haired innkeeper looked up sharply, as if suddenly remembering where he was. “Oh. No. No, of course not.” Seeing that he was the only one within arm’s length of the dark thing, he took a measured step away. “Just something I heard.” They stared at him. “Do you remember the trader that came through about two span ago?”They all nodded. “Bastard tried to charge me ten pennies for a half-pound of salt,” Cob said reflexively, repeating the complaint for perhaps the hundredth time.“Wish I’d bought some,” Jake mumbled. Graham nodded a silent agreement.“He was a filthy shim,” Cob spat, seeming to find comfort in the familiar words. “I might pay two in a tight time, but ten is robbery.”“Not if there are more of those on the road,” Shep said darkly.All eyes went back to the thing on the table.

Editorial Reviews

“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire   “Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara   "It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words." —Ursula K. LeGuin, award-winning author of Earthsea   "The characters are real and the magic is true.” —Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice   "Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description." —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn   “[Makes] you think he's inventing the genre, instead of reinventing it.” —Lev Grossman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Magicians   “This is a magnificent book.” —Anne McCaffrey, award-winning author of the Dragonriders of Pern   “The great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this is an astonishing book." —Orson Scott Card, New York Times-bestselling author of Ender’s Game   “It's not the fantasy trappings (as wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss.” —Tad Williams, New York Times-bestselling author of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn   “Jordan and Goodkind must be looking nervously over their shoulders!” —Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars   “An extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well.” —Jo Walton, award-winning author of Among Others   “Hail Patrick Rothfuss! A new giant is striding the land.” —Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author of Wake   “Fans of the epic high fantasies of George R.R. Martin or J.R.R. Tolkien will definitely want to check out Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind.” —NPR   “Shelve The Name of the Wind beside The Lord of the Rings...and look forward to the day when it's mentioned in the same breath, perhaps as first among equals.” —The A.V. Club  “I was reminded of Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkein, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone.” —The London Times   “This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology.” —Entertainment Weekly   “This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)   “Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series...this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale.” —Library Journal (starred)