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The Name of the Wind Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2008
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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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Patrick Rothfuss does well to captivate you with the main character, who I often found myself likening to a Harry Potter-esque protagonist, in that he capitalizes on his strengths and "games" his way through his deficiencies to overcome obstacles as well as rebel against unjust institutions. The emphasis of this telling is more about the evolution of the character than just magic and spells, which exist but often remain an aside as the author creates this universe.
My main knock, as others have pointed as well, is that the author often draws out certain plot points and aspects of the main character's development well beyond the point of relevance. The story is intended to be a gradual build into the present, but even as the pacing picks up the author will just as quickly bog you down with repetition of the same events to hammer in a point already thoroughly made.
The book remains an intriguing tale and absolutely worth the read, but one that requires patience as you grow with the main character.
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.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
What an amazing story! No wonder Brandon Sanderson was so impressed with it. I am, too! The world-building that was done to create this setting is great! The character is certainly well-developed with lots of depth and more to come. Other characters not so much, they are peripherals at this point. Though some are more developed than others. No one is as developed as the main character known as Kvothe or Kote or Reshi. What he's called depends on who you are or what you want him for. But the story is his life. We could almost call it an autobiography or a memoir.
We hear about his younger years growing up with a traveling family and learning the beginnings of sympathy. Sympathy is what they call magic. Kvothe has a very good mind and picks things up quickly. He learns things easily and fast. Faster than even the fast learners. And he is good with music and his lute.
Then disaster strikes when he's not there. His whole life is changed. It creates a focus for him and sends him off to the University to find answers. One thing he'd never really learned, though, was humility. And he didn't understand why he couldn't go ahead of others if he knew more. This was something he had to figure out quickly before it got him into more trouble than he could handle. Good thing he was a quick learner with a good brain! He got quite enough stripes as it was! He came very close to being expelled from University because he'd made an enemy that just wasn't going to back down. And while Kvothe was poor and living by his wits and music, Ambrose had a rich father to fall back on and enough money to pay for nasty tricks and deeds in the dark. And, of course, there's a girl to add to the mix and cause him trouble.
Since the series is call the Kingkiller Chronicle, I suspect in the next book we'll get to hear how someone kills the king. Namely, Kvothe. He's the main character and this is the chronicle of his life. Sounds like pretty good reasoning to me, but then it's my reasoning and I haven't read the next book, yet.
I was confused when I looked at the title page of the book. It called it Day 1 rather than Book 1. But now that I've read it to the end, I understand. The whole of the first book takes place in one day. It's all a story being told for Chronicler to write down. That's what Chronicler does. He goes around writing down stories of what people do. Now he's tracked down Kvothe and wants his story. Kvothe has told him he needs three days to tell it. So this book is Day One. Book two is already available and called The Wise Man's Fear: Day Two. I have no idea when the third book, Doors of Stone: Day Three will be available, though. It is in a rewrite stage with no current release date. There is a related book called The Slow Regard of Silent Things. It's Auri's story and is only 177 pages.
The next book in this series is The Wise Man's Fear: Day Two (1007 pages) and is currently available from booksellers.