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The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chonicle: Book 1 (Kingkiller Chonicles) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Rothfuss
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'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.

My name is Kvothe.

You may have heard of me'

So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.

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    Patrick Rothfuss' debut is set in an unnamed but fully realised fantasy world, and his characters are detailed and convincing. (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

    New fantasy authors are usually overhyped, and it's rare to find one who writes with such assurance and narrative skill right from the start. I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he's an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven't been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It's certain to become a classic." (Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES)

    This is another of those impressive fantasy debuts in which Gollancz seems to be specialising at present. (Roz Kaveney TIME OUT)

    Pacy, witty and entertaining, "The Name of the Wind" is a rattling read. Rothtfuss's debut shows exactly how good heroic fantasy can be when it concentrates on the virtues of a good tale, well told. (Saxon Bullock SFX)

    "One of the most genuinely satisfying fantasy epics to hit the shelves in a long time. A thoroughly entertaining yarn and one likely to hurl [Rothfuss] straight into the upper tier of fantasy authors." (Ryan Jansen DEATHRAY)

    I defy anyone who has read it to contradict me when I state that it is the David Copperfield of fantasy. It seems that this magical, effervescent story is just warming up, slowly tipping the scale towards ever-darker secrets. But then, how lucky for us. For like Mr. Copperfield, Kvothe is a narrative force to be reckoned with, and a character readers will long to follow, no matter how perilous the path. (STRANGE HORIZONS)

    "The Name of the Wind is a solid and ambitious effort." (FANTASY HOTLIST)

    The Name of the Wind is so well-written that you will reach page 662 wishing this weren't the first of an unfinished trilogy. It is written with far greater skill than the usual massive fantasy tome. (READING THE LEAVES)

    It will likely stand as the start of one of the bright careers in fantasy fiction. Suffice it to say, the book is very good and has all the elements of greatness: characters with which the reader can empathize, a fascinating backdrop where these characters live, and the key ingredient: leaving the reader wanting for more. (SFFWORLD.COM)

    It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing not only with the accuracy of language that is essential to fantasy-making, but with true music in the words as well. Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes with the big story that begins with The Name of the Wind, he'll carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song. (Ursula Le Guin)

    "This is a first novel and one sure to cause a stir the high quality of its writing and the striking freshness of the imagination." (Mat Coward MORNING STAR)

    Book Description

    Stunning fantasy debut

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2460 KB
    • Print Length: 676 pages
    • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (18 April 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003HV0TN2
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (680 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Patrick Rothfuss had the good fortune to be born in Wisconsin in 1973, where the long winters and lack of cable television encouraged a love of reading and writing.

    After abandoning his chosen field of chemical engineering, Pat became an itinerant student, wandering through clinical psychology, philosophy, medieval history, theater, and sociology. Nine years later, Pat was forced by university policy to finally complete his undergraduate degree in English.

    When not reading and writing, he teaches fencing and dabbles with alchemy in his basement.

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    150 of 158 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Original and engaging 29 Mar. 2010
    This book really surprised me. Entirely gripping, well written and original. Mixes the world of fairy tales with modern day fantasy. It's a love story, a coming of age tale, and an epic novel. The end leaves the reader with many questions left unanswered, and that in part is the power of this book. As you read, you are always seeking to know more, to understand who Kvote is and how he has come to be in the role of simple pub landlord. Everytime you get more information, further questions arise as the author skillfully teases and pulls the reader along a rollercoaster of a journey.

    Looking back at the book, there actually weren't any adventures I'd describe as epic (they are surely to come in the sequels), yet it felt as though they were epic. This is becuase the author doesn't overplay his hand - scenes that some authors might rush through as they are too ordinary for a fantasy novel, Patrick Rothus takes much more seriously, giving the scenes realism. Simple street fights feel real and significant; there are painful realities of not having money or food and living on the street. Everything feels real and important, and the book is that much more readable and believable for it.

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. The only downside is that once you've read it, you'll want to read the sequel which is not due out for at least another year.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Made the Mistake of Reading the 1st Paragraph... 15 April 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I originally planned to catch up on my to-read list this year, but when I received an Amazon gift card for Christmas I had to pick up the first two books in the Kingkiller Chronicles.

    While in the process of reading four other books, I made the mistake of checking out The Name of the Wind. Yeah... I couldn't stop! It threw me for a loop. I've read plenty of good books lately, but none have grabbed me liked this one. That first night, I lost a couple much-needed hours of sleep just to satisfy my curiosity. If you couldn't guess by now, I loved it.

    The Name of the Wind begins in third person and switches to first as we hear the story of Kvothe, the main character. Rothfuss makes it an easy transition. We learn from the beginning that Kvothe is an intelligent kid. He's lead into a series of nasty events that leave him in a life and death situation for much of the first half of the book. He uses his wit to guarantee his survival.

    I've read plenty of other reviews claiming Rothfuss spends too much time on tangents that take away from the story (a common complaint for epic fantasy). I never felt this once. Every scene fit, if only to teach us more about the characters and their morality. The flow from excitement to depth began on the first page.

    I read another review complaining about the lack of personality from the female characters. I can see how this may be true for some, but I personally found the main love interest to be one of the most unique characters I've read about. Multiple scenes displayed the intricacies of her personality.

    A favorite aspect of The Name of the Wind was the new school of magic Rothfuss created. It reminded me of Brandon Sanderson's ability to produce a new and distinct kind of magic.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A+ 23 May 2010
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Now one of my favourite fantasy novels after only finishing it yesterday. Kvothe is a fantastically involving and exciting main character, and most of the minor characters are hardly less so. In the build up to the appearance of Kvothe's love interest, I was very sceptical and prepared to dislike her. She was being build up to be The Perfect Woman and I was rolling my eyes. However, Rothfuss did not let me down. I ended up loving her almost, if not as much as Kvothe, and I can't wait to find out more about her. A very intriguing, mysterious and tortured young woman, and not in any typical, cliched way.

    Other favourite characters include Bast, who, though he doesn't appear much throughout the novel, is also very intriguing and endearingly loyal to Kvothe. I was also personally very drawn to Elodin - once again a very mysterious character, and exceedingly eccentric. I'm not sure how much more we'll see of him in the following novels, but I hope to see at least a little backstory for him before we leave him behind.

    All in all, although it's rather long, I was very rarely disinterested in what was going on. Occasionally we have cuts to the present day where Kvothe is telling his story, which caused some frustration on my part where all I wanted to do was find out more about the events he has been narrating. However, these little snippets are equally interesting and become ever more important to the story as a whole.

    I highly reccommend The Name of the Wind to anyone who enjoys fantasy, magic and adventure, character driven stories. It really won't be a waste of your time.
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    91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I never read trilogies, but..... 29 July 2010
    My preferred light reading is hard Science Fiction, but I do occasionally look at fantasy literature.
    However, the moment I see the words "Book One of the Random Whatever saga" I put the book straight back on the shelf. Far too many would-be Tolkiens stretch a run-of-the mill story to two thousand pages and more.
    I made an exception for George RR Martin (!) and Joe Abercrombie because they are mould breakers within the genre.
    I put "The Name of the Wind" down as I finished reading, and I was thinking, 'that is the best, original fantasy novel I've read since...well what?'
    So maybe it's the best ever.
    There is a consistent and mystically coherent mythology, and it is not cobbled together from LOTR and D&D. It's a post golden-age story, but the first person POV means that history and mythology are as confused for Kothe as they are for anyone in the real world. There are no deus ex machina characters, and while the main character is an exceptionally gifted boy/man, he has no superpowers to get him out of trouble reliably.
    He is as imperfect as the rest of us.
    I shall be reading the rest as soon as they are available.
    I love this book.
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