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ISBN13: 9780756404741
ISBN10: 0756404746
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Patrick Rothfuss's New York Times-bestselling debut novel is the riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen.

From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.

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 (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[Q]uite simply the best fantasy novel of the past 10 years....[O]ne of the best stories told in any medium in a decade....[Rothfuss's] debut novel combines the intricate stories-within-stories structure of The Arabian Nights with the academic setting of the Harry Potter series, and transforms it all into a brooding, thoroughly adult meditation on how heroism went wrong. (Grade: A)" The Onion AV Club

Review:

"A rare and great pleasure." Ursula K. LeGuin

Review:

"Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed 'autobiography' of a hero is highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Refreshingly nimble and off-beat...a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic." The San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Writers like George R.R. Martin and Gene Wolfe are old hands at revitalizing old tropes...but Rothfuss sets out to retell what should be the most familiar tale of all, in the most familiar mode (the triple-decker). Remarkably, he does make it fresh again....So bring on volume two!" Locus

Review:

"The debut of a writer we would all do well to watch. Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous." Terry Brooks

Synopsis:

A high-action novel written with a poet's hand, this brilliant debut fantasy by Patrick Rothfuss is a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through a riveting first-person narrative that allows the reader to "become" the hero.

About the Author

Patrick Rothfuss has a Master's degree in Creative Writing and currently is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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Heidi, April 8, 2014 (view all comments by Heidi)
I can't say enough about how amazing this book is; epic fiction at its finest. If you're done with Game of Thrones and looking for something to fill the void, this will become your new obsession.
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Amanda L Klehr, March 27, 2014 (view all comments by Amanda L Klehr)
It has been a long time since I have found a fantasy book I so thoroughly enjoyed that I found myself feeling the same emotions as the characters. Rothfuss' story-telling is compelling and exciting. The development of Kvothe's character is at times sad, deep and joyous. The structure of stories-within-stories of the novel is never dull or confusing. Rothfuss paints a world of dangers and wonders that is definitely worth the read. I look forward to picking up the second and third of this series!
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SAH, February 3, 2014 (view all comments by SAH)
I have three regrets with this book: 1. I didn't find it earlier. 2. I couldn't put it down and flew through the pages and 3. Ive already read it so I cant read it for the first time again.

With the Tolkien books made into movies and the popularity of The Game of Thrones there seems to be a abundance of new fantasy titles out there. Despite the volume, few possess the richness of content or caliber of writing needed to really create an alternate world that isn't a rehashing of one that has come before, nor create characters with enough complexity to be plausible - this book does. Patrick Rothfuss introduces us to a world rich with its own folklore and traditions as seen through the eyes and actions of a character, who( albeit can be a bit too good at everything sometimes lol) possesses enough humanity to be believable.

The second book in the series, the Wise Man's Fear, was a touch long but so good I am awaiting the third in this series rather impatiently.

If you like the genre yet haven't time but to read a few books, I suggest you make time for these.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780756404741
Author:
Rothfuss, Patrick
Publisher:
Daw Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
The Broken Empire
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
6.79x4.16x1.59 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 736 pages Daw Books - English 9780756404741 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Q]uite simply the best fantasy novel of the past 10 years....[O]ne of the best stories told in any medium in a decade....[Rothfuss's] debut novel combines the intricate stories-within-stories structure of The Arabian Nights with the academic setting of the Harry Potter series, and transforms it all into a brooding, thoroughly adult meditation on how heroism went wrong. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "A rare and great pleasure."
"Review" by , "Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed 'autobiography' of a hero is highly recommended."
"Review" by , "This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Refreshingly nimble and off-beat...a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic."
"Review" by , "Writers like George R.R. Martin and Gene Wolfe are old hands at revitalizing old tropes...but Rothfuss sets out to retell what should be the most familiar tale of all, in the most familiar mode (the triple-decker). Remarkably, he does make it fresh again....So bring on volume two!"
"Review" by , "The debut of a writer we would all do well to watch. Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
"Synopsis" by , A high-action novel written with a poet's hand, this brilliant debut fantasy by Patrick Rothfuss is a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through a riveting first-person narrative that allows the reader to "become" the hero.
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