Rosalind Reading, June 10, 2013 (view all comments by Rosalind Reading)
Epic fantasy at its finest: hundreds of pages, and each one feels more exciting than the last. This is the story of Kvothe, killer of kings- but not yet. First he must struggle through childhood, the streets, and the Arcanum: the mysterious academy where magicians are trained. The characters are vitally real, the prose rich, and the plot action-packed.
Gailleann, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Gailleann)
The Name of the Wind is a phenomenal book full of depth and character. Rothfuss weaves a captivating story about how heroism can go wrong which makes this book hard to put down.
skarrin, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by skarrin)
I read a lot. A *lot* - I have owned thousands of books in my life, mostly science fiction/fantasy. Tolkien is my guiding light. With that said: Patrick Rothfuss is an astounding talent, and this book is one of the finest fantasy novels I've ever had the delight to read. The world he has created is *alive* - full of the little details and casual observances that you'd expect in a factual biography of a real person. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this to everyone who reads fiction.
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BusterSam, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by BusterSam)
So engrossing I played hooky from work to finish it. Characters, backstory, story line, landscape, supernatural aspects all blended perfectly. And protagonist is very likable.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
by The Onion AV Club,
"[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)"
by Ursula K. LeGuin,
"A rare and great pleasure."
by Library Journal (Starred Review),
"Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed 'autobiography' of a hero is highly recommended."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology. (Grade: A-)"
by The San Francisco Chronicle,
"Refreshingly nimble and off-beat...a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic."
"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!"
by Terry Brooks,
"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."
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.
The boy who would be king has gained the throne...
At age nine, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath vowed to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother—and to punish his father for not doing so. At fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now, at eighteen, he must fight for what he has taken by torture and treachery.
Haunted by the pain of his past, and plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he has committed, King Jorg is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, an overwhelming enemy force marches on his castle.
Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But he has found a long-hidden cache of ancient artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain—all he knows is that their secrets can be put to terrible use in the coming battle...
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.
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