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Amazon.com's Best of the Year...So Far Pick for 2007: Harry Potter fans craving a new mind-blowing series should look no further than The Name of the Wind--the first book in a trilogy about an orphan boy who becomes a legend. Full of music, magic, love, and loss, Patrick Rothfuss's vivid and engaging debut fantasy knocked our socks off. --Daphne Durham
The Last Unicorn
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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I just finished reading this for the second time and it was even better than the first read. Now on to reading the second for a second time and then patiently waiting for the... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Tom Vannoy
First let me tell you a little about my self.I'm really not into epic fantiasy books I have problems with all the names and languages exct. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Frank18757
Interesting storyline and quite compelling, but ends rather abruptly. Effective in selling the next in the series, but not satisfying in its own right.Published 1 day ago by Matthew Hilton
This is one of the best books I have ever read (and continue to re-read probably at least once a year). I would highly recommend it.Published 1 day ago by Parker Evans
I haven't read a fantasy novel since Shanara, but I kept hearing about this and finally read it. It's very good, can't wait to read the next one.Published 2 days ago by david bryan crelia
A little slow and all over the place at points, this book makes a very strong recovery towards the closing pages. Definitely will be picking up the sequel.Published 3 days ago by Michael Veselik