Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
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DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
“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. Le Guin, 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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Magic and mystery drive The Name of the Wind, the first book in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy. The story of wizard-hero Kvothe bounces between his war-torn present hiding out as an innkeeper and his spirited childhood among bards, stage performers, and conjurers. A coming-of-age story set in a world where storytelling and music are key to a mysterious-but-powerful force, this modern fantasy classic has been championed by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who’s adapting it for TV and the movies. It’s an enthralling and poetic read that will appeal to readers outside the fantasy-fan circle.
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.
I'll start by saying Game of Thrones is my favorite fantasy series "even though Martin makes you mad waiting for his next installment ". Name of the Wind is like Thrones except instead of a massive character list this focuses on one principle player. If you enjoy reading the drama of ones life and how it shapes that person into what he eventually becomes then this is a rare treat. I am 39 years old and read a lot of books, I recommend it for mature readers that like a good dramatic mystery in the fantasy realm. I was hesitant to read this book at first but the reviews swayed me and I am so glad I listened to that inner voice that helps me pick a story. So without further ado I suggest you come on into the Waystone Inn, get a seat by the fire, and listen.
Awesome read from a new author
Name of the Wind is a great story told wit a good voice. I have read it three times and each read was as good as the first time, I can hardly put it down!
I wish Rothfuss hadn't taken his writing schedule cues from GRR Martin, but I am confident that the next book in the series will be good enough to make it worth the wait.
As good as the first time
I have absolutely no problem buying this book for the third time. It will be very nice to have this book in my pocket at all times. It will just be a shame that no one will ask what I am reading now to share what joys this book recreates for me.