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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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BEST damn book I've ever read. Best. Fantasy fan since I read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in Grade 3. NOT remotely stupid as in Harry Potter or that base fantasy stuff. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by loki
Well then, get this book. Read it. Then you'll get the reference in the title. I think. You may have to read the second one "A Wise Man's Fear" to get the referenc. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Brian B.
Awesome storytelling. This is the kind of book that star sagas. Won't surprise me to see a mass cult following of this in the mainstream in the years to come.Published 1 day ago by Oscar Moriel
I kept waiting for something to actually happen. This is more of a "High School High Jinx" for wizards book. I felt I was reading a Harry Potter for teenagers book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Scott R Martin
I wasn't able to get through it, probably from being burnt out by other series.Published 1 day ago by Robert Anderson
So far a lot of the plot points haven't felt very original. Occasionally the author throws in a very modern concept that feels very out of place for a medieval period. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Patricia Johnson
Simply an amazing story. Stories within stories in this one. Rothfuss does a wonderful job with his narrative and keeps the reader intrigued. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert Van Winkle