The Name of the Wind

· Penguin
5.38K reviews

About this ebook

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
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. MartinNew 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 BrooksNew 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 HobbNew York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description." 
Brandon SandersonNew York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
5.38K reviews
Pedro DeSouza
December 26, 2016
I never read. I asked my friends for recommendations and this book is worth everyone's time. You feel for the character, and once you get passed the heart break there's more yanking at your emotions than you can take. So you put the book down. You pick it back up because you just love the war washing in your heart. Anyway, great book.
3 people found this review helpful
Matias Pelenur
January 22, 2018
Well written, great world-building, and enjoyable, though well within the confines of vaguely-northern European medieval fantasy. The hero is relatable but too perfect, literally brilliant and can do no wrong. If you're looking for something similar but want characters with more color, both in their stories and their skin, and not just a straight love story, I recommend trying The Emperor's Blades, or further away from the subgenre anything by N.K. Jemisin.
6 people found this review helpful
Jeff “foxxtrot” Craig
April 16, 2014
I'll begin by saying that this book will not be for everyone. The pacing could be considered slow, it's definitely not a 'high aciton' story, and there are a lot of Fantasy readers for whom this is not going to be enjoyable. That said, if you're into Hard Fantasy and an exquisitely crafted world, you could find far worse than this. Ostensibly a tale of young Kvothe, the book walks an interesting line between showing you Kvothe the man who is, and hearing him describe Kvothe, the boy who was, through a sequence of auto-biographical narratives. Much of the magic from the story telling is built into the fact that the story told in Kvothe's own voice is much more engaging than when Rothfuss takes an interlude in the 'modern' world where Kvothe is busy making a living while sharing his story. These distinct differences in literary voice lend a world of believably to Kvothe's story, even though you can feel the occasional slight embellishment of the master storyteller Kvothe represents. This book masterfully sets up the trilogy, dropping plenty of hints about how Kvothe became who he is as he narrates his tale, while establishing the richness of the world and the narrative.
125 people found this review helpful

About the author

Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International. He can be found at and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.

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