The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

Book - 2007
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"Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard."--Penguin Group (USA).
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780756404079
075640407X
9780756404741
9780756405892
Branch Call Number: ROTHFUS
Characteristics: 661 p. : map ; 24 cm

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"A thoroughly enjoyable read for fantasy fans" - Arvind

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SurreyLibrarian Mar 22, 2019

-Submitted by Arvind-
Winner of the Quill and Alex Awards in 2007, the Name of the Wind is an epic fantasy and the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle series. Told as a story within a story, the tale of the mythic hero Kvothe’s rise is equal parts exciting, romantic and heart wrenching. Autho... Read More »


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PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 16, 2019

If you're into high fantasy and you like a good story, this book might be for you. I really enjoyed it. Nothing deep, but a well-developed magic, world and character in Kvothe. We begin by meeting an inn-keep named Kote, but it quickly becomes apparent he's more than his appearance would indicate. Finally he is hunted down by The Chronicler, a man dedicated to collecting stories and he's come for Kote/Kvothe's. In the present time the inn and town are stagnant because the roads aren't safe. Rothfuss slowly develops a current intrigue while the main bulk of the story is dedicated to Kvothe retelling his childhood up to the time he joins the university.

If I had one complaint it would be that Kvothe is less a human and more a superhero. He can make people cry with his music, he speaks multiple language, can figure out a way out of any jam, and has a photographic memory. If there's anything he can't do it's keep his mouth shut and figure out women. Let's be honest, that's pretty standard. So I didn't like that he happened to be an expert AT EVERYTHING, before he's even grown a beard. Regardless, it's easy to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story for what's on the surface.

SurreyLibrarian Mar 22, 2019

-Submitted by Arvind-
Winner of the Quill and Alex Awards in 2007, the Name of the Wind is an epic fantasy and the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle series. Told as a story within a story, the tale of the mythic hero Kvothe’s rise is equal parts exciting, romantic and heart wrenching. Author Patrick Rothfuss’ prose captures Kvothe’s journey from small child to notorious legend in grand vivid style. A thoroughly enjoyable read for fantasy fans.

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Linyarai
Mar 10, 2019

I read this for the "A Book Picked Out By Someone Else" part of my 2019 reading challenge. It was different than I expected it to be, but I really enjoyed it and look forward to hearing more about Kvothe's life.

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celtlass
Feb 23, 2019

I was drawn to this book by a short story he wrote about Bast in a collection called, "Rouges." It takes a couple of chapters to get into the story within the story, but now that I've finished it I want to read it over again in a new light. I love how the author weaves in nuance and secrets without beating you over the head with them. This is one of those books that will make you lose track of time and stay up nights. I'm excited to read the next.

dangarciasatx Feb 07, 2019

Easily one of the best Fantasy books I've read in a good while. Beautiful world-building and compelling characters. Definitely one not to miss.

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cpltestD058938883
Dec 28, 2018

Excellent book with a fulfilling narrative!

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hunterbloch
Dec 01, 2018

This is a really good book. New magic, interesting characters and a different way of telling a story, but be careful to pick it up. The third book in the trilogy has not been released for the last several years and there is no information on when it will be.

ArapahoeTiegan Aug 30, 2018

This was my new book club's first pick. I found myself switching between boredom and intrigue - with boredom kind of being the majority during the whole middle of this book. However, the ending became so exciting that I do want to pick up the second book.

sundanced Jul 13, 2018

A grand coming-of-age tale interwoven with elements of magic, adventure, and mystery. This story of a young boy becoming a legend will capture you.

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ryner
Jun 05, 2018

A scribe arrives at a backwater inn and is certain he recognizes in the innkeeper, Kote, a legendary figure. After some negotiation, Kote agrees to tell his incredible tale over the course of three days -- from his youth spent in a traveling troupe of performers, to his days as a destitute student at the arcane university, and his underlying efforts throughout to learn the true reason his parents were murdered.

I'd had this on my to-read list for several years. I'd hoped by the time I finally picked it up book three would be imminent, but that doesn't seem to be the case, and I grew tired of waiting. Having said that, I quite enjoyed this book, and found it to be a bit different from what I had been expecting -- in a good way, though I agree with many other readers that Kvothe is just a bit too adept at everything he attempts, nearly to the point of eye-rolling on the part of the reader. Would definitely recommend to both fantasy fans and non-fans. Let's see...if I put off reading book two for a year, perhaps by then book three will have arrived.

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AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

“When the hearthfire turns to blue,
what to do? what to do?
run outside, run and hide

when his eyes are black as crow?
where to go? where to go?
near and far. Here they are.

see a man without a face?
move like ghosts from place to place.
whats their plan? whats their plan?
Chandrian. Chandrian”

AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

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Gitanjali9999
Jun 17, 2017

"'You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared. You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.'" -Bast, page 719

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared.”

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LoganJK
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“It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”

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LoganJK
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“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man's will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“The best lies about me are the ones I told.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“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.”

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Perenelle
May 01, 2014

'You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared. You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.' - Bast

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darcerama
Jun 05, 2012

Page 352 of the paperback: "As with all truly wild things, care is necessary in approaching them. Stealth is useless. Wild things recognize stealth for what it is, a lie and a trap. While wild things might play games of stealth, and in doing so may even occasionally fall prey to stealth, they are never truly caught by it."

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