- Series: Kingkiller Chronicle (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 722 pages
- Publisher: DAW Books (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756404746
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6,459 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
~ 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.
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.