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The Name of The Wind: The Kingkiller Chonicle: Book 1 (Kingkiller Chonicles)

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

Patrick Rothfuss
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"The Debut of A Writer We Would All Do Well to Watch. Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous." -- Terry Brooks

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A stunning fantasy debut

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1817 KB
  • Print Length: 676 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575081406
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (22 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HV0TN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,120 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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136 of 143 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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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never read trilogies, but..... 29 July 2010
By Darowyn
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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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most memorable fantasy debuts 29 Jun 2010
Every now and then I hear on the grapevine about a new superstar of fantasy. Someone the critics rave about and say they are the next Tolkien, the next Gemmell, the next George RR Martin. This instantly makes me nervous. So I stayed away for while. I should not have waited. In my opinion, the hype is true and he is going to be a giant of the genre.

This is his first book and I am not going to say it is perfect in every single way, because that would be untrue. But it is one hell of a damn good debut and is miles better than some who have been at it a lot longer. Over the years Rothfuss will grow and improve, and as a relatively young man in his mid 30s, I hope he has many decades of writing ahead of him. By the time he is George RR Martin's age, I expect him to have produced some of the most unforgettable fantasy books seen in the last 30 years.

As it stands, The Name of the Wind is one of the most memorable fantasy books I've read in several years. There are some rough edges and it took me a little while to get into the story as it was slow at first. Also, at first glance it bears all the familiar hallmarks of a fantasy story that would normally send me running for the hills as if pursued by an angry mob. The book chronicles part of the life of the main character, Kvothe, and it focuses on his early and teenage years as a young boy growing into a man and going out to challenge the world. Without spoiling it the main character has suffered a tragedy and seeks to better understand who or what was responsible and why it happened.

In Rothfuss' novel, which is told in first person by an adult Kvothe to a scribe known as the Chronicler, I see glimpses of an epic story and epic character.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 1 Sep 2012
I tend to be a bit mean with my star rating, scoring books I really like 4 stars, probably where a lot of reviewers would award the full 5, the reason for this is I want to reserve somewhere to go when I read a book that totally grabs me and makes me it's hostage for a few days. This was such a book.

It was not a perfect book with the events between it's covers perhaps not quite matching the billing on the back, there even being a bit of a hint of anti-climax and frustration with events not moving as quickly as I would have liked in places. BUT, when I start to resent having to put the book down because I need to go and eat, drink, go to the toilet or even communicate with my family I know something special is also going on.

That special something is emotional engagement due to excellent charaterisation and fantastic story telling. I have felt love, hate, amusement and been moved by various chapters in this book and read into the deep dark night well passed my sleepybyes times and paid the price come the morning alarm call.

Rothfuss has been compared to Abercrombie and Lynch and is of that new breed of fantasy writer but this has a completely different feel, certainly to Abercrombie. It perhaps has a bit more in common with Lynch's 'Gentleman Bastards' but is a little more trad and conventional than that, whilst still feeling very fresh.

I see a couple of other reviewers have not engaged with Kvothe the central lead. Seeing him as some kind of super nerd's revenge figure with his red hair and intellect. I didn't see it that way at all and actually really enjoyed the parts of the story based in the university and bought into Kvothe for all his arrogance or perhaps because of his arrogance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoyed this book
Published 20 hours ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for fans of fantasy
I came to this novel tangentially. After reading Philip Pullman to my daughter and enjoying it too, I found myself in the company of a thousand voices insisting I read The Name of... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jin Shofu
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and well constructed fantasy world. Felt like it was only...
I have been a bit turned off starting a new fantasy series for a while, I was beginning to feel they were all a bit 'samey' and predictable. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Hodgeheg
5.0 out of 5 stars Darn good read.
Wonderfully constructed characters and fantasy world. Main protagonist Kothe's background is cleverly told keeping you enthralled. Good read.
Published 6 days ago by MR JAMIE R BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever
I read. A lot. This has to be one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Counting the days until the next book. Pleeeeeeaaaaasssse hurry! :)
Published 12 days ago by Jen Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!!!!
It's a fantastic book that keeps you gripped all the way through. A must read for fantasy/science readers. Hope the next one is as good.
Published 12 days ago by Ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
This is an absolutely brilliant book, well worth a read for anyone who is a fan of fantasy novels. I can't recommend it enough.
Published 18 days ago by John-Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is an excellent book that I stumbled across when looking for books similar to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Read more
Published 18 days ago by moldrol
1.0 out of 5 stars painful
Can't bring myself to read the next instalment. There were interesting elements but I found it excruciatingly slow going and the love story just annoying.
Published 19 days ago by K. Goudarzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Best fantasy book I have read in a long time
I used to love science fiction and fantasy, I would always have at least 3-6 books on the go. I would lose myself in dozens of worlds at a time caught up in the trials and... Read more
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