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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) Paperback – April 7, 2009
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“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.”
“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.”
“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)
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.
So stop reading my poorly written review and buy the book.
If you are into fantasy, coming of age stories, traveling performers, magic universities, or just escaping reality in general, you will enjoy this book.
I'm usually not one for high fantasy coming-of-age stories, since there are so many of them, but this one took my breath away. I didn't think I would like Kvothe (in general, characters who are too good at everything and never seem like they could ever fail, bore me), but surprisingly, he grew on me throughout the course of the story.
The worldbuilding is fantastic and sucks you in. The prose is incredibly lush and well-done, even more impressive being that this was Mr. Rothfuss' debut novel (or so I've heard!). There's a big cast of characters, but not so many that you can't keep track. I never was confused as to who was who.
My only qualms were the distinct lack of prominent female characters (there were some, but they didn't play much of a role in the story), and there were some parts where it did drag and I had to force myself to keep reading. While I enjoyed it, I didn't love this book. This is definitely a book where you have to take your time, soak in all the details, and can't be rushed through, or else you won't really appreciate it. I will still read the second book in the series, when I can get around to it :)
This book was very difficult for me to put down, in fact I haven't yet as I also purchased the second book in the series and am currently reading that one too. I rarely find books that I read during my spare time walking down a hallway or riding an elevator at work...but this one I do. The series is essentially one man's story as told by him in order to tell his tale and erase all the crazy stories people tell about him, and even though I am almost halfway through the second book, the character is somewhat of a mystery still. We know who he is, but there is a lot missing from his past that makes you wonder at his motives and what he has done, he seems to be a good guy but with some very dark parts as well. The character mostly talks about his years as a young man in the first book, somewhere between 12 and 15 years old, and how those years shaped who he is today. There are interludes that cut back to him telling the story and the present day situation they are in, which is also quite interesting.
The writing is fantastic and I think does a good job to draw you in even though the start of the book is a little slow, but the descriptions are quite good and there is even some humor sprinkled in despite the rather dark nature of the overall story. Definitely worth your time to read this book.