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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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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isaachar
Sep 19, 2017

This is definitely a book that you either love or hate. I loved it, but I can see why others may not enjoy it as much. The Name of the Wind is the story of Kvothe, a talented jack of all trades. In a yarn as old and as common as the fantasy genre itself, Kvothe conveys his story of learning, adventure and revenge. How he mastered any task put to him, made allies and enemies and was the envy or bane of all who came across him. How he survived as a child foraging in the wild, in the cutthroat streets of a city as a thief, and as a wizarding school prodigy. The story is told through Kvothe explaining his history to a chronicler, long after he's put his adventure days to rest. A familiar classical tale.

There are a lot of things that might be a turnoff to modern fantasy readers. Kvothe is almost impossibly capable. He masters every task as he learns it, and finds solutions to his problems almost before he's made aware of them. The story is also very specified to his character. There are no strong female characters, the only one seeming to be the archtypical 'manic pixie dreamgirl'. There is also little fleshing out of the backgrounds of any supporting characters, and the villains are extremely two dimensional.

If you're looking for complex, multicharacter fantasy with something you don't see very often, you won't find it here. If you enjoy classical Robert Howard/L. Sprague DeCamp style fantasy, you'll find Name of the Wind fits right in. The story has little to no gore, practically no sexual content, and I don't recall any serious foul language in it. It's basically a golden age swords and sorcery series (more sorcery than swords), but made in the modern era.

SCL_Justin Aug 03, 2017

I’ve been hearing about Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind for years it feels like, but maybe that’s just because I read the blogs of writers who are friends of his. It’s a good fantasy novel that reminded me a lot of Ender’s Game, or a less postmodern The Magicians.

This is the first volume in a series about Kvothe, who is now an innkeeper named Kote, but was once much more. There’s an elaborate framing device wherein Kote is telling his story, the true story, to a Chronicler over three days. This first book is the first day of the story, and covers his boyhood to attending the magickal university. In the frame though we know that the Skraelings are being seen again and that people in his chosen hideyhole are ill-prepared to deal with them.

It’s all well-told, even if young Kvothe is a showoff asshole who has to assert his superiority at every turn. It’s a self-aggrandizing tale even as the innkeeper is trying to tell it warts and all, which is less than exciting to me. I just have a bit less patience for stories of people who are so obviously “better” than everyone surrounding them. And the flaw of pride in being awesome is an annoying kind of flaw in my books. The gender politics are really traditional, and though there are a few interesting economic interactions in the society fuelled by magic, the world doesn’t feel that fantastical.

But whatever. The story is engrossing enough, and in the end of this volume the idea of encouraging Kote to tell the story of his old self as heroically as possible is revealed to be part of the larger tale, which I found intriguing (I am a sucker for metatextual elements, I guess). This’d be a great book for a reader who’s read the Ranger’s Apprentice series and wants something a bit more sophisticated (and isn’t put off by the word-count of the tome).

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gobula
Jul 10, 2017

Even super misogynistic Gary Stus who read this book are like "Jesus Christ this guy is a super misogynistic Gary Stu." With female representation that would make Trump's White House proud, the only thing this book is good for is wiping down your own poorly judged wind.

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tw444
May 13, 2017

Harry Potter with hair on his balls.

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manofspoons
May 01, 2017

Easily among the best books i have ever read. I loved how the author tied up many loose ends, while creating so many new ones to wonder about, Such as the part when Kvothe buys the black horse. He buys a straight black horse and names it "keth-selhan" meaning one night he thinks, but then when the seller drops the price so quickly I wondered what was going to happen, but then He finds that the horse had one white foot, he finds that "keth-selhan" actually means one sock from a peddler, and thats why the seller dropped the price. I just love how the author made really interesting plot choices, even the really minor ones. I tried to get my friends to read it, but they thought it was just a Harry Potter knock off. It is a deeply satisfying read with so much more..... emotion. I felt more rage when His lute breaks than when Fred (or George, I cant remember which) died in Harry potter. I read more works by the author and in one of his books, he made soap and candle-making very eye opening and exciting. 10/10. My only complaints are there are so many holds on so many copies and the author has taken 8 eternities to make the second, and the same amount of time has past and the third isn't even out. #feelsbadman #hurryupPatrickRothfuss

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ZE1TGE15T
Apr 02, 2017

I was slightly reluctant to pick this up because the comparisons...even an "adult Harry Potter" doesn't appeal to me. I've seen so many story plots of: Protagonist lives in magical land, family dies, protagonist seeks to avenge them but must first complete arcane training. I also thought the book description seemed kinda cheesy.

Immediately, I noticed this book was going to be far more unique. The author starts out strong showcasing his ability to transition between first person and third person. I enjoy storytelling in novels. When an old shaman or the like tells a tale to the main character for example. Patrick Rothfuss has a great love of storytelling himself. There are great stories told in this tale. I remember in Tad Williams' Otherland series, there was a character "Xabbu" who told African tribesman folklore. These are beautiful stories that enrich the history of these fictional worlds.

Despite my complete enjoyment of this book, there were a few things I could criticize. Kvothe was a great character but there were some characteristics that didn't add up. Kvothe himself, and others painted him to be of perfection. Leaving little room for character flaws - which are generally used to build connections with the reader. There was a line that stood out when Kvothe mentioned suppressing himself from blushing in front of a woman. Which still tells one side, but leaves something missing. So Kvothe is god-like, but he spends a great portion of the novel living like a street rat. It's like one moment he can do anything he puts his mind to, and the next he can figure out how to do the simplest things. The ending hinted at a different sort of flaw that I hope compliments this "perfection quality" in the future squeals. Like a hero that is un-motivated, or hindered by self doubt, like Lightbringer from Brandon Sanderson's "Warbreaker".

I thought the troupe attack, and other parts were 100% predictable. The parts that weren't predictable were 100% random. I was envisioning a story with grander events. It's the moment the main characters are in the woods sharing dinner with a redneck pig herder, that I realized the author might just be writing as he's going along. Which is impressive in it's own way. Every bit of the book is filled with something that makes you think, or laugh, or empathize with. I was happy to see a strong love story within this. I play guitar, and have gone through many of the questions Kvothe does when understanding the women he loves. Some of the most beautiful pieces of writing was when Kvothe preforms his music. It is written so well. As if you can hear the music coming off the pages.

To get really nitpicky, one lacking part was vivid description of atmosphere. Well, to be fair, the author explains what the wind and air are like. For, an arcanist notices the elements and air frequently. But I always enjoy some epicly painted landscapes too. I was disappointed in the map. Most fantasies come with a map and the characters move about it. But is seems the map in this book might have been redundant. Maybe it will be more traveled in the sequels.

The ending presented too many loose ends. And I get it...it's a series. It was a long, beautiful piece of writing. There's supposed to be some left over for sequels. I'm not saying I wanted a longer story. I'm rather saying I thing he could have left Kvothe off on a better cliffhanger.

I was surprised that this was the author's first book. I definitely recommend this. As well look forward to more from Rothfuss.

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JaimieL95
Mar 09, 2017

I read like the first page but I already knew I was going to love this book LIKE I LOVE GAME OF THRONES. I live for great books. I love the feeling when you discover a book THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

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ksully1
Jan 07, 2017

Engaging and well thought out world and story. Sometimes a little too detailed in it's explanations, but the story is worth the indulgences. Kvothe is both self-deprecating and boastful, and as such sometimes hard to believe. However, it adds an extra layer to the story, and I'm interested to see how the many tales about Kvothe come together. With a tv series and movie in the works, it's easy to see how this may be the next phenomenon. There is a second novel and a novela completed, but the third book has been in the wings for years without a release date. Maybe the newfound attention will help to speed up the cause.

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

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

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LoganJK
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“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
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“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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