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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: 9780756404741
ISBN-10: 0756404746
Publication Date: 4/1/2008
Pages: 724
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 213 ratings
Publisher: DAW
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 214
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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 + 1058 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
Excellent Read. Throughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to get through the 2nd one and for when the 3rd comes out. The writing is superb and very well done. Puts you in the place and time with the characters.

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