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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
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24.43% of people buy The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) and The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle #2) (UK Ed.) ~ Paperback / softback ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

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"Amazing"
5 stars"

Once you hit 60 pages in this book you'll realise that not only do you have a gem of a book, but that it compares favourably with any other fantasy you've read. The other thing is that from my sources I am certain that the series will be complete, not one that varies widely in quality. Best fantasy I have read in years. Better than Hobb, most Feist, and certainly better than Goodkind.

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
"Amazing debut novel!"
5 stars"
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This is an amazing first novel by Patrick Rothfuss, and should be a must buy for any fantasy fan, no matter their age. It is masterfully written and makes you care for Kvothe, the main character. Overall, an epic tale.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Fantastic debut novel in what has the potential to become one of the very best fantasy series'.

Deeply immersive characterization and extremely well written. A must read.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his 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 the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.

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Starred Review. The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution. Kvothe ("pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe' "), the hero and villain of a thousand tales who's presumed dead, lives as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under an assumed name. Prompted by a biographer called Chronicler who realizes his true identity, Kvothe starts to tell his life story. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe of magicians, jugglers and jesters, the Edema Ruh, to feral child on the streets of the vast port city of Tarbean, then his education at "the University," Kvothe is driven by twin imperatives-his desire to learn the higher magic of naming and his need to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star. Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. In his free time Patrick writes a satirical humor column, practices civil disobedience, and dabbles in alchemy. He loves words, laughs often, and refuses to dance. The Name of the Wind is his first novel. There will be more.
Release date Australia
June 12th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Gollancz
Pages
672
Dimensions
130x200x40
ISBN-13
9780575081406
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
1732482

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