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The Name of the Wind : The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle

Paperback Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9780756404741
Number Of Pages: 720
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, "The Name of the Wind" is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.

Industry Reviews

"The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy."
--George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire

"Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
--Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara

"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
--Ursula K. LeGuin, award-winning author of Earthsea

"The characters are real and the magic is true."
--Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice

"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
--Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn

"[Makes] you think he's inventing the genre, instead of reinventing it."
--Lev Grossman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Magicians

"This is a magnificent book."
--Anne McCaffrey, award-winning author of the Dragonriders of Pern

"The great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this is an astonishing book."
--Orson Scott Card, New York Times-bestselling author of Ender's Game

"It's not the fantasy trappings (as wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss."
--Tad Williams, New York Times-bestselling author of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

"Jordan and Goodkind must be looking nervously over their shoulders!"
--Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars

"An extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well."
--Jo Walton, award-winning author of Among Others

"Hail Patrick Rothfuss! A new giant is striding the land."
--Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author of Wake

"Fans of the epic high fantasies of George R.R. Martin or J.R.R. Tolkien will definitely want to check out Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind."

"Shelve The Name of the Wind beside The Lord of the Rings...and look forward to the day when it's mentioned in the same breath, perhaps as first among equals."
--The A.V. Club

"I was reminded of Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkein, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone."
--The London Times

"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology."
--Entertainment Weekly

"This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series...this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale."
--Library Journal (starred)

Amazing book.


Amazing book. Must read with out doubt.

Gold Coast




i have listed to it twice, once with mz sister once by myself, i told my friend to also. i am looking dforward to the next book, i hope it satisfies my curiosty.

lismore australia


How important is a name?


A well written book for me is one where the author has relayed his understanding of the story well. The author is a chronicler. The story is of a young man & hence the experiences were a little immature for what I was seeking, however a good read.

Wollongong, NSW




I loved this book!!





By far the best written book I have ever read. I completely fell in love with Kvothe and his drive to succeed. I am still having book withdrawals after reading this. I cannot recommend this book highly enough



Just buy it


The first thing about this series is it creeps. Not in a spooky way, but like a snake entraping its reader. Before you realise it you are hooked. I have no idea where he gets his ideas but this book is beautiful in its broken dreams, shattered people and desperate struggles. Above all its fantasy with humanity. No predictable story, nothing unbelievable, just good writing and great characters.



Amazing storytelling


It's hard to put into words just how much I like this book. I've spent roughly 15 years reading books of the fantasy genre and this book is my current (and most probably future) favourite book. The first third of the book is a bit slow, however once you manage to get past it, I can almost garuntee that you won't put the book back down until the finish. Some fantasy authors fall into the trap of thinking they need to offer descriptive detail to every single object of the worlds that they're creating. Some others like to follow the norms of fantasy and utilise races and properties which have already been in play for years (for example elves and orcs etc.). Rothfuss somehow manages to give enough detail to pull you into his world, but not bog you down and bore you. If I were to single out something unique about Rothfuss, it would be his ability to tell the story. A must read!

Sydney, AU


The Name of the Wind

4.7 7


ISBN: 9780756404741
ISBN-10: 0756404746
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.67  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.35

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Patrick Rothfuss

About the Author

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. Patrick Rothfuss is an award-winning as well as Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

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