The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle : Day One

Book - 2007
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The tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players to 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 as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But this book is so much more, for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books ; [New York] : Distributed by Penguin Group, ©2007
ISBN: 9780756404079
Characteristics: 661 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Apr 26, 2018

The best fantasy novel I've read in over a decade. Great characters. Original mythology. Feels like the heir to Terry Brooks, but with a more distinct voice. Warning, you cant' put it down.

SPPL_Aura Mar 14, 2018

Book 3 is still not published (3/14/18). Get hooked on this series at your own risk.

Mar 13, 2018

I read and loved this years ago but never got around to reading the 2nd one in the trilogy. I finally decided I would get it read this year but realized I needed a re-fresher of The Name of the Wind first. I don't normally like to re-read but this was totally worth my time and effort and I remembered why I enjoyed it so much the first time. It is just great storytelling. I'm all set for The Wiseman's Fear and looking forward to it.

OPL_AmyW Jan 30, 2018

Filled with music, adventure, and the excitement of first love, I loved this story of a world-weary hero sharing the real story behind the myth.

Dec 04, 2017

A great book that will swallow you into its reality where you will feel as though you've been on the streets of Tarbean, attended the University and stood by Kvothe through his most difficult trials.

OLATHEAllisonB Nov 16, 2017

There is good writing here with excellent pacing that draws the reader into a fantasy world poised on the edge of darkness. However, there is also writing that drags and limps along, describing events in overly minute detail. The main character, Kvothe, is introduced as a middle-aged innkeeper who once held another identity long ago, one that has evolved into folk hero status across his civilization. When Kvothe is narrating his youthful memoirs to the reader, the prose takes on a fresh energy that is engaging and interesting. And the description of combat, whether between street urchins or evil, non-human characters, is sharp and thrilling. Some characters, however, are too one-dimensional. Overall, "The Name of the Wind" is a decent read and, for fantasy fans, it is worth trying.

Sep 19, 2017

This is definitely a book that you either love or hate. I loved it, but I can see why others may not enjoy it as much. The Name of the Wind is the story of Kvothe, a talented jack of all trades. In a yarn as old and as common as the fantasy genre itself, Kvothe conveys his story of learning, adventure and revenge. How he mastered any task put to him, made allies and enemies and was the envy or bane of all who came across him. How he survived as a child foraging in the wild, in the cutthroat streets of a city as a thief, and as a wizarding school prodigy. The story is told through Kvothe explaining his history to a chronicler, long after he's put his adventure days to rest. A familiar classical tale.

There are a lot of things that might be a turnoff to modern fantasy readers. Kvothe is almost impossibly capable. He masters every task as he learns it, and finds solutions to his problems almost before he's made aware of them. The story is also very specified to his character.

If you're looking for complex, multi-character fantasy with something you don't see very often, you won't find it here. If you enjoy classical Robert Howard/L. Sprague DeCamp style fantasy, you'll find Name of the Wind fits right in. The story has little to no gore, practically no sexual content, and I don't recall any serious foul language in it. It's basically a golden age swords and sorcery series (more sorcery than swords), but made in the modern era.

SCL_Justin Aug 03, 2017

I’ve been hearing about Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind for years it feels like, but maybe that’s just because I read the blogs of writers who are friends of his. It’s a good fantasy novel that reminded me a lot of Ender’s Game, or a less postmodern The Magicians.

This is the first volume in a series about Kvothe, who is now an innkeeper named Kote, but was once much more. There’s an elaborate framing device wherein Kote is telling his story, the true story, to a Chronicler over three days. This first book is the first day of the story, and covers his boyhood to attending the magickal university. In the frame though we know that the Skraelings are being seen again and that people in his chosen hideyhole are ill-prepared to deal with them.

It’s all well-told, even if young Kvothe is a showoff asshole who has to assert his superiority at every turn. It’s a self-aggrandizing tale even as the innkeeper is trying to tell it warts and all, which is less than exciting to me. I just have a bit less patience for stories of people who are so obviously “better” than everyone surrounding them. And the flaw of pride in being awesome is an annoying kind of flaw in my books. The gender politics are really traditional, and though there are a few interesting economic interactions in the society fuelled by magic, the world doesn’t feel that fantastical.

But whatever. The story is engrossing enough, and in the end of this volume the idea of encouraging Kote to tell the story of his old self as heroically as possible is revealed to be part of the larger tale, which I found intriguing (I am a sucker for metatextual elements, I guess). This’d be a great book for a reader who’s read the Ranger’s Apprentice series and wants something a bit more sophisticated (and isn’t put off by the word-count of the tome).

Jul 10, 2017

Even super misogynistic Gary Stus who read this book are like "Jesus Christ this guy is a super misogynistic Gary Stu." With female representation that would make Trump's White House proud, the only thing this book is good for is wiping down your own poorly judged wind.

May 13, 2017

Harry Potter with hair on his balls.

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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”

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“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.”

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

Jul 07, 2016

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

Jul 07, 2016

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

Jul 07, 2016

“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.”

Jul 07, 2016

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

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.”

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

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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