- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756404746
- ISBN-13: 978-0756405892
- ASIN: 0756405890
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6,516 customer reviews)
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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
10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Patrick Rothfuss
Q: Were you always a fan of fantasy novels?
A: Always. My first non-picture books were the Narnia Chronicles. After that my mom gave me Ihe Hobbit and Dragonriders. I grew up reading about every fantasy and sci-fi book I could find. I used to go to the local bookstore and look at the paperbacks on the shelf. I read non-fantasy stuff too, of course. But fantasy is where my heart lies. Wait... Should that be "where my heart lays?" I always screw that up.
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books?
A: Hmmm.... How about I post that up as a list?
Q: What are you reading now?
A: Right now I'm reading Capacity, by Tony Balantyne. He was nominated for the Philip K Dick award this last year. I heard him read a piece of the first novel, Recursion, out at Norwescon. I picked it up and got pulled right in. Capacity is the second book in the series. Good writing and cool ideas. Everything I've like best.
Q: How did Kvothe's story come to you? Did you always plan on a trilogy?
A: This story started with Kvothe's character. I knew it was going to be about him from the very beginning. In some ways it's the simplest story possible: it's the story of a man's life. It's the myth of the Hero seen from backstage. It's about the exploration and revelation of a world, but it's also about Kvothe's desire to uncover the truth hidden underneath the stories in his world. The story is a lot of things, I guess. As you can tell, I'm not very good at describing it. I always tell people, "If I could sum it up in 50 words, I wouldn't have needed to write a whole novel about it." I didn't plan it as a trilogy though. I just wrote it and it got to be so long that it had to be broken up into pieces. There were three natural breaking points in the story.... Hence the Trilogy.
Q: What is next for our hero?
A: Hmm..... I don't really believe in spoilers. But I think it's safe to say that Kvothe grows up a little in the second book. He learns more about magic. He learns how to fight, gets tangled up in some court politics, and starts to figure unravel some of the mysteries of romance and relationships, which is really just magic of a different kind, in a way.
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--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
So thanks to my friend for recommending this book and I agree with the teenager and the couple in the park too. (and yes, my dog is cute!)
The author is a masterful writer, truly excellent. He is the kind of analogies, the writing flows beautifully. I am an author myself (not at his level) and I know how challenging that can be.
He has a super detailed, well thought world and the plot is interesting and cool
He goes into much depth on music (I know little of that subject) and education
The characters seem real and your emotions ride with theirs
It is a very broad journey, not easy to predict
It is far from a hack and slack story that is pretty common in fantasy
As I see it so far there are 2 potential negatives, depending on your point of view. I have read this book and the second one so it is tough to judge a full story on the first 2 installments.
If you like a Conan/Game of Thrones/Lord of the Rings style true sword and sorcery style fantasy, this is relatively low action. The main character isn't a classic fighter in the role playing sense and it was a 1000 pages in (literally) before there is what I would consider a classic fantasy style battle. If you like this or not it depends on your perspective, I do enjoy the laying the groundwork and setting the background, but some might be disappointed in the lack of more classic action.
Secondly, and this is again tough to judge because I haven't read the whole series, but the story itself isn't quite at that super upper level to make this a true must read. I think he is a good enough writer to tell a story like that, but I am not sure this is it. There is just something about Star Wars or Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones where the story itself is so awesome you want to share it with everyone you know. I find myself sharing certain lines or themes because of how beautifully they are written, but I am not sure the story is quite there. It is also a tough story to summarize. Coming in a little bit behind Star Wars or Game of Thrones is hardly a bad thing.
If you like excellent writing, if you like fantasy and particularly if you want a break from the classic D&D style fantasy, and you want your main characters to have some strengths and weakness, to be human, give this a read. I was a busy man and still read it in 4 days.
As an avid fan of fantasy, sci-fi, and any medieval fiction, Name of the Wind satisfies my craving of swords and dragons while also managing to not make the characters stupid. Chronicler in particular is my favorite character, with a key point being made of him inventing his own language.
Not wanting to spoil the ending, the Name of the Wind is a story within a story. Kvothe tells the tale of how he became as famous (or infamous) as he is, while also displaying how much he wants to find a form of magic called "The Name of the Wind."
Now you may say, "Dany, there's already magic, why is the Name of the Wind so special?" Well Mr. internal thoughts, I'll tell you!
Magic in this world is interchangeable with science. It's very different to generic fantasy. Magic is just something to push technological advancement, and it follows a lot of our world's physics.
The name of the wind is different. The name of the wind is the only form of TRUE magic (at least, that's as much as Kvothe tells us,) and he wants it, he wants that power.
I would recommend this book to any fan of fantasy, sci-fi, or fiction, as it is amazingly written, and the characters are believable, while also not being blatantly boring or idiotic.
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Can't wait to read the next book in the series. I'm hooked