The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle : Day One

eBook - 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"--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books ; [New York] : Distributed by Penguin Group, c2007.
ISBN: 9781429534840
1429534842
9781429534819
1429534818
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 661 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sundanced Jul 13, 2018

A grand coming-of-age tale interwoven with elements of magic, adventure, and mystery. This story of a young boy becoming a legend will capture you.

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ryner
Jun 05, 2018

A scribe arrives at a backwater inn and is certain he recognizes in the innkeeper, Kote, a legendary figure. After some negotiation, Kote agrees to tell his incredible tale over the course of three days -- from his youth spent in a traveling troupe of performers, to his days as a destitute student at the arcane university, and his underlying efforts throughout to learn the true reason his parents were murdered.

I'd had this on my to-read list for several years. I'd hoped by the time I finally picked it up book three would be imminent, but that doesn't seem to be the case, and I grew tired of waiting. Having said that, I quite enjoyed this book, and found it to be a bit different from what I had been expecting -- in a good way, though I agree with many other readers that Kvothe is just a bit too adept at everything he attempts, nearly to the point of eye-rolling on the part of the reader. Would definitely recommend to both fantasy fans and non-fans. Let's see...if I put off reading book two for a year, perhaps by then book three will have arrived.

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lucasey
May 30, 2018

grounded fantasy with a pompous but captivating narrator

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VPAL7
May 23, 2018

My favorite fantasy novel, I love the world that Rothfuss built and the beautiful writing style!

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ZACHARY LEWIS
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.

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becker
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.

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tacoguy3306
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.

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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”

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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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

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

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LoganJK
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.”

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Perenelle
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

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darcerama
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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