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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1)
The Name of the Wind - Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One . . . — MY NAME IS KVOTHE  — 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 form the University  at a you...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780756404079
ISBN-10: 075640407X
Publication Date: 3/27/2007
Pages: 896
Rating:
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4.5 stars, based on 81 ratings
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 25
A mere 2 hours or so after finishing this novel I picked it up and started reading it again. Now why in the world would I do this? I asked myself that question a few times and my answer is:

* It's damn good writing.
The language Rothfuss uses is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I found myself rereading sections simply because they were so delightfully and beautifully written. He has a poetical turn of phrase, and there are passages that simply sing.

* But it's also a riveting story.
The story pulled me in, immersing me in Kvothe's world so much that I half expected to see the scrael scuttling through my backyard (a truly terrifying thought for anyone who hates spiders as passionately as I do).

* And the characters are absolutely believable.
Kvothe is a living and breathing character who practically leaps off the page--unruly red hair and eyes bright green like new growth grass. He is absolutely believable, especially to anyone who remembers being a boy and the awkwardness that comes with growing up.

I guess that's three answers.
reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
A mere 2 hours or so after finishing this novel I picked it up and started reading it again. Now why in the world would I do this? I asked myself that question a few times and my answer is:

* It's damn good writing.
The language Rothfuss uses is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I found myself rereading sections simply because they were so delightfully and beautifully written. He has a poetical turn of phrase, and there are passages that simply sing.

* But it's also a riveting story.
The story pulled me in, immersing me in Kvothe's world so much that I half expected to see the scrael scuttling through my backyard (a truly terrifying thought for anyone who hates spiders as passionately as I do).

* And the characters are absolutely believable.
Kvothe is a living and breathing character who practically leaps off the page--unruly red hair and eyes bright green like new growth grass. He is absolutely believable, especially to anyone who remembers being a boy and the awkwardness that comes with growing up.

I guess that's three answers.
reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 101 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Book 1 of an epic trilogy. The story keeps calling you back to see what happens next. A little magic, some swordplay, loyalty and honor on one hand, treachery and betrayal on the other, heroic sacrifices and craven cowardice. This is a story to become caught up in. I felt anguish at the character's tribulations and failures as well as celebrating their victories. Can't wait to start book 2.
reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 1142 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Gorgeous writing, true-to-life characters and an engrossing story--this book has it all--and how poorly that expresses the magic of The Name of the Wind.

The characters are real people, people who don't always know the right answers, or say the right things at the right time, and who don't always win, or learn from the losing. Yet many are people I'd love to meet for their courage and insight, their humor, for their sheer human-ness. The story is intriguing, meticulously detailed, marvelously inventive, yet never slow. And the writing is simply wonderful. Period. It's been a long time since I've savored writing that resonates with me so deeply, and re-read passages because I didn't want them to end.
reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
As many have already said in their review of this debut novel, Rothfuss manages to create not only likable characters, but believable characters. His settings are detailed enough to give you a general idea but not so detailed that you forbidden to use your imagination. I cannot wait for the second and third book in this series. I will, without a doubt, reread them all.
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reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 338 more book reviews
My second fav book EVER! A story that has stayed with me for years as well. I loved the story line, the adventure, the time its set in, everything about it. There is a sequel and Ive yet to read it. Ive had it on my wish list for a very loooooong time. Dont miss this one if you love fantasy. There is no romance, this is all straight up 100% fantasy. Get the hardcover edition as this is a very long book. It will hold up better.
reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 962 more book reviews
Youve all felt it at one point or another. The desire. The craving. The urge to go to bed with a book. The new hardcover whose jacket youve taken off for safekeeping; falling asleep with one hand splayed over its naked, embossed cover. An old favorite, its edges worn and soft to the touch; it fits perfectly in the space beside you on your wrinkled sheets.

At around 700 pages, THE NAME OF THE WIND is the perfect shape and story to sleep with.

(At least, I assume it would be, as I read this on an e-reader.)

Even without the tangible reassurance of a physical copy, THE NAME OF THE WIND easily slid into its position as my new favorite book. Somewhere in an alternate universe, J. K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin had a literary lovechild, who somehow stowed away on a ship bound for Earth, assumed the human name of Patrick Rothfuss, and, after wandering, bard-like, through many years of higher education, discovered the secret to turning words and ideas into gold.

Remember those sleepaway camps and public library programs you attended when you were young, the ones where the performer would gather you and the other kids round the sleepy campfire or colorful hand-sewn rug? Remember how, at first, you were suspicious of this stranger with the odd hair or scruffy beard or clothing that audibly ruffled whenever he shifted positions? Remember how his voice sounded unfamiliar at first, unlike the dulcet tones of your own parents telling you bedtime stories? And then remember how, before you knew it, you were so far immersed into the story you forgot who was telling it and found yourself leaning forward, hanging on to his every mesmerizing word?

Thats kind of how THE NAME OF THE WIND was for me. The third-person beginning section was a little awkward, as I wasnt sure how I was supposed to feel about this Kote/Kvothe character. But as Kvothe stretched out his long-unused storytelling muscles and the book eased its loving way into first-person narration, I found myself as entranced as Chronicler and Bast were, sitting in that inn and listening to the never-before-told story of a contemporary legend.

He has a sexy voice, what can I say?

I could mention some minor quibbles I had with the book, like Kvothes unfortunate near-perfect-ness, or how Denna skirts the edge of geeky-adolescent-boys MPDG wet dream, but it totally and completely doesnt even matter because dont you know that the greatest artists can break all the rules? THE NAME OF THE WIND is an epic novel, part memoir, part boarding school tale, part wild adventure, and I just know that Kvothes world is only going to expand from here in future installments. Recommended for anyone and everyone anywhereexcept for maybe that hipster classmate of yours with the I-just-got-out-of-bed-no-really-I-just-did messy hair and black Free Trade coffee perpetually in hand who refuses to read anything that hasnt won the Nobel, Pulitzer, or Man Booker Prize. But who wants to be reading buddies with them anyway?
reviewed The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 901 more book reviews
It's difficult to tell someone else why you really like a book. I didn't just like this one, I loved it. The story is novel, the hero is wonderfully complex and intelligent and the fantasy is so appealing that nearly every chapter is interesting. Only once did I feel as if the author might have been getting tired and wrote too much about insignificant issues. This is not true with many other books I have read and my only disappointment was the ending which did leave me hanging so I would go on to the sequel which I will without a doubt in spite of its over 1,000 pages. Kvothe, the read-haired hero, tells the story in his own way. At first, this bothered me, that is, until I became caught up in his tale. If you like fantasy, don't just plan to read this novel, do so as soon as you can.

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