'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, ...Read More'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.Read Less
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I've been discontented with my reading choices lately so I bought this book on a whim. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a gripping diversion. I highly recommend it. My only disappointment was that the next book in the series will not be available until next year.
Jul 10, 2010
Perfect for the Ludic Reader
Pick up this book now if you're the kind of person who likes to lose himself or herself in a text. Rothfuss and Kvothe will lead you on a journey through a world that exalts knowledge and story-telling.
The rules for the world of Name of the Wind may seem familiar, as if they are nods to a handful of classic fantasy texts. Don't worry about that. What's important here is that the characters will also seem familiar: they read like real people. Mind, Kvothe will seem like a few of the more brilliant people you know, and Denna may seem more wiley than anyone you keep in close company, but these are realistic characters you can and should empathize with.
One warning: I found the first 70 pages to be a bit slow. If you make it past there, you're set for an immersing adventure.
May 27, 2010
This book is awesome. Once you start reading it and get to around page 20 you get really sucked in.
I suggest everyone reads this book.
Oct 20, 2007
Hooked from the beginning
This is one of the best books I have read. I was pulled in from the very beginning, and could hardly put this one down. The characters are wonderful, the story keeps you interested at all times, and is fresh. My only disappointment is that I have to wait for the rest of the trilogy.
Jul 10, 2007
Great, fast moving, engrossing
A story about a very young boy that learns he has a talent way beyond his years. He goes through many difficult and heartbreaking times just to stay alive. After living on the streets he decides to pick himself up and fulfills his dream of attending a University to further his already growing knowledge. As often is the case with someone brilliant, his struggles with the masters of the school and schoolmates are inevitable. At age 15 he quickly rises and falls , rises and falls again. He is a one step forward, three steps back kind of boy, though he never gives up. First time debut novelist Patrick Rothfuss already seems like a seasoned writter. At 600 pages it is a pleasant read. I will be looking forward to the sequel.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-29 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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