Name of the Wind

Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

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Discover #1 New York Times -bestselling Patrick Rothfuss' epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.

"I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss." --Lin-Manuel Miranda * "He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." --George R. R. Martin * "Rothfuss has real talent." --Terry Brooks

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DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND

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 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.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature--the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.


Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:

"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. Le Guin , 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
Publisher: New York: DAW Books, Inc., 2007.
ISBN: 9780756404079
075640407X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rothfuss Patrick
Characteristics: 661 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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JCLSteveC Apr 03, 2021

Adult Harry Potter set in its own world. An epic Journey filled with magic and mystery.

From description: "So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature--the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a leg... Read More »

The panel also believes Jean Grey would like this fantasy series after her own dealings with dark forces and adventure.

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OLATHEAllisonA 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 wh... Read More »

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JCLStefanieE Apr 30, 2013

I love the world that Rothfuss has created full of music, lore, and fascinating people. Rothfuss' writing is just lovely combined with an enthralling tale of tales makes this a must-read for all Fantasy genre lovers.


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JCLSteveC Apr 03, 2021

Adult Harry Potter set in its own world. An epic Journey filled with magic and mystery.

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samsue
Mar 20, 2021

I am definitiely NOT a fantasy reader, but I was given a pile of books by a neighbour while we were in our December to February COVID lockdown. I'd read everything I had on hand and needed something to read before bed. BIG mistake - didn't sleep at all that night. It is storytelling at its best. It's just a really good story and I'm now half-way thru the 2nd book of the series "The Wise Man's Fear". Apparently the world has been waiting for the 3rd book since 2011 but he's still working on it. I'll be first in line to buy it when/if it ever comes out.

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chrvalerio5
Mar 03, 2021

Recommended by Super Carlin, Wandavision.

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kazmi_nida
Feb 21, 2021

Pretty easy to read and interesting, if you’re the sort of reader who’s okay reading the daily life and activities of the main character, Kvothe. You get to live his boyhood with him (trouper, beggar, University students) he narrates, but the book is all just a set up really. No villain defeated in the end or anything like that. But there’s foreshadowing that things go sour for him later on that may interest me enough to pick up the sequel.

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alexqise
Feb 21, 2021

The book is the first of many to come in Patrick Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicle series. It tells the tale of Kvothe, a heroic figure who performs many good deeds. He now works as a humble innkeeper where he is known as “Kote”. However, the War that is taking place in his region starts to boar consequences, including the notion of demons. Chronicler is a traveling scribe who makes his way to Kvothe hoping to get his story. I love this book because the dark fantasy genre is one of my favorites, and this one is really well written.

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dariesjp
Jan 23, 2021

It took over 200 pages to meet a female character with a name who wasn’t a prostitute. All the characters are white (at least as far as I got before becoming so annoyed I gave up). It’s too bad that the author could imagine anything for his fantasy world, and he came up with a world filled with white men. The wizard coming-of-age story has been told much better by LeGuin or even the unfortunate J K Rowling. I could see loving this book if you’re a teen boy, but otherwise the arrogance of the main character coupled with the retrograde world of the author make this one I suggest skipping.

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NYSandy23
Dec 05, 2020

I’m not sure why I never read this before since it has been out for 12 years, but I am glad I picked it up. I am a big high fantasy fan and this story is one of the best of the genre. 700 pages filled with a coming of age story, magic, demon, music and mystery. The premise is interesting, a hero tells his life story to a Chronicler and we get to hear about what he thinks made him the man he has become. It isn’t all light and flowers and the world that has been created is revealed in a long and winding story. Well written, lots of questions that still have no answers, and you know that you have to read Book 2 of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

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mx2048
Dec 04, 2020

The worst reading experience for the last 4 years. This is a story in a story. How can we feel any tension if we know that the main character telling his story is well and safe? I stopped at 1/3 of the book when it became a story in a story in a story! The writing style is nothing special. Moreover, the author has not even finished the third book of the Kingkiller Chronicle.

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donnasomerville
Nov 19, 2020

This is a most interesting book about the power of words. The detail of the world Rothfuss has created is remarkable. I have read it several times and am, once again, in line to get it and read it again.

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EliK1
Oct 25, 2020

I found myself leafing through the pages, hoping for the story to begin. There are a few moments that you think it will finally pick up and then it just doesn't go very far. The ending leaves room for a more interesting story (sequel), but since I didn't enjoy this one as much, I will not be picking part 2 up.

Some strange things happen at the beginning and then we find ourselves listening to a tale about someone's childhood. Yes, I know how it sounds, but it's a bit like a wannabe Harry Potter with a school for special kids, secrets are hidden underground, and masters who might be not what they seem.

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" You wouldn't think a girl in bandages with a blackened eye could be beautiful, but [she] was. Lovely as the moon: not flawless, perhaps, but perfect" p. 508

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“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.

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“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.”

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”

AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

“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.”

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Gitanjali9999
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

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

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

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

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

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LoganJK
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.”

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Younger and sensitive people may be frightened by graphic descriptions.

Violence: Moments of violence, killing, fighting, a girl beaten by a man she trusts, bullying gone violent.

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