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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) Paperback – April 7, 2009
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“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
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"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.”
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"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.”
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“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
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—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.”
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About the Author
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 NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.
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However, readers should be warned that, at this time, the third book in the series is not yet published and there is no publication date. Apparently Rothfuss is methodical, and doesn't churn out novels at as rapid a pace as other authors, so it may yet be a while before the series is resolved with a third (and possibly a fourth) book. I don't mind that there is more to look forward to, although of course it is hard to wait.
Now about the book and mainly about Kvothe. Kvothe, how can I say it, I read the book mostly for Kvothe. Loved him, hated him, got mad, despaired, smiled and cried for him. But I had to know what happened to him. My mind attempted to draw comparisons to Harry Potter on many occasions, after all he is also a gifted orphan boy, but those comparisons were forced. This book is different and it's a different type of magic it somehow feels real. It almost makes you wonder if there is such magic in the world and I have simply not been privy to know it.
I wouldn't dream of giving anything less than 5 stars for any book that keeps me up late in nights wanting to know what happened next. Thanks to the brains behind some nosy deep learning algorithm for suggesting this book I guess!
P.S I was kidding, I can keep reading Harry Potter any number of times.
The novel has all the beginnings and characteristics of being an excellent read: an engaging, almost poetic writing style; well-drawn characters; sophisticated world-building; an extraordinarily gifted yet tortured and enigmatic main character. However, you can't tell where the story is going. It all seems to twirl right back to the beginning with the readers having more questions than where they started. One wonders what the point was in reading such a lengthy epic that wandered aimlessly nowhere. There's also no action AT ALL in this novel. There's one scene where Kvothe kills a dragon but it's not exactly a dramatic event and has absolutely no impact on the overall story line (one could take the whole section out of the book and you wouldn't miss it). It's as if the scene was added so readers wouldn't get too bored or fall asleep.
I suppose that was part of the point of the inner story. Kvothe, you find out, has become a legend and his story has been greatly exaggerated by storytellers and commoners. But Chronicler wanted to know the real story of Kvothe's life which, at least up to this point, seems a lot less spectacular or dramatic.
That may be, but truthfully I am reluctant to read another book like this one, which spins circles and strange tangents without really going anywhere.
I get the impression the author might have wrote this book (at least with respect to some of the character situations) based on his own life experiences. The author goes into exhaustive detail of Kvothe's inadvertent clashes with his arrogant instructors and his struggles battling poverty and paying his loans towards tuition at the University. And then there were Kvothe's battles with insecurities with regards to his early relationships with women.
I'm giving the book four stars because it had all the right ingredients save one: a purpose, a direction, a defined beginning and end. This one just didn't have that basic ingredient.