This is the book that hooked me into the fantasy genre. This is the book that transformed me into an avid reader. This is fantasy in its most beautifully meticulous, subtle form. The world-building is dense, but not so dense that you become overwhelmed by exposition or your own retention. The characters become real products of this world, and they act so genuinely human that it sometimes hurts. The prose is poetic and rarely matched by other authors in the genre. Patrick Rothfuss takes epic fantasy and shrinks it down as small as possible, telling the narrow story of an individual. Is it still even epic fantasy then? It sure feels like it is. If you're new to fantasy, it makes for an incredible first step into the genre. If you're a fantasy veteran, you'll love the poetic direction it takes the genre in. Recommended By Jun L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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.
“It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words.” Ursula K. LeGuin, award-winning author of Earthsea
“The characters are real and the magic is true." Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice
"Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series...this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale." Library Journal (Starred 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
"An extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well." Jo Walton, award-winning author of Among Others
"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
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"I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss." --Lin-Manuel Miranda
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DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND
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.
About the Author
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.