The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

Book - 2007
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A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world. Reprint.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781439560808
Branch Call Number: SF ROT
Characteristics: 722 p. :,map ;,18 cm


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Jun 05, 2018

A scribe arrives at a backwater inn and is certain he recognizes in the innkeeper, Kote, a legendary figure. After some negotiation, Kote agrees to tell his incredible tale over the course of three days -- from his youth spent in a traveling troupe of performers, to his days as a destitute student at the arcane university, and his underlying efforts throughout to learn the true reason his parents were murdered.

I'd had this on my to-read list for several years. I'd hoped by the time I finally picked it up book three would be imminent, but that doesn't seem to be the case, and I grew tired of waiting. Having said that, I quite enjoyed this book, and found it to be a bit different from what I had been expecting -- in a good way, though I agree with many other readers that Kvothe is just a bit too adept at everything he attempts, nearly to the point of eye-rolling on the part of the reader. Would definitely recommend to both fantasy fans and non-fans. Let's see...if I put off reading book two for a year, perhaps by then book three will have arrived.

May 30, 2018

grounded fantasy with a pompous but captivating narrator

May 23, 2018

My favorite fantasy novel, I love the world that Rothfuss built and the beautiful writing style!

Apr 26, 2018

The best fantasy novel I've read in over a decade. Great characters. Original mythology. Feels like the heir to Terry Brooks, but with a more distinct voice. Warning, you cant' put it down.

SPPL_Aura Mar 14, 2018

Book 3 is still not published (3/14/18). Get hooked on this series at your own risk.

Mar 13, 2018

I read and loved this years ago but never got around to reading the 2nd one in the trilogy. I finally decided I would get it read this year but realized I needed a re-fresher of The Name of the Wind first. I don't normally like to re-read but this was totally worth my time and effort and I remembered why I enjoyed it so much the first time. It is just great storytelling. I'm all set for The Wiseman's Fear and looking forward to it.

OPL_AmyW Jan 30, 2018

Filled with music, adventure, and the excitement of first love, I loved this story of a world-weary hero sharing the real story behind the myth.

Dec 04, 2017

A great book that will swallow you into its reality where you will feel as though you've been on the streets of Tarbean, attended the University and stood by Kvothe through his most difficult trials.

OLATHEAllisonB Nov 16, 2017

There is good writing here with excellent pacing that draws the reader into a fantasy world poised on the edge of darkness. However, there is also writing that drags and limps along, describing events in overly minute detail. The main character, Kvothe, is introduced as a middle-aged innkeeper who once held another identity long ago, one that has evolved into folk hero status across his civilization. When Kvothe is narrating his youthful memoirs to the reader, the prose takes on a fresh energy that is engaging and interesting. And the description of combat, whether between street urchins or evil, non-human characters, is sharp and thrilling. Some characters, however, are too one-dimensional. Overall, "The Name of the Wind" is a decent read and, for fantasy fans, it is worth trying.

Sep 19, 2017

This is definitely a book that you either love or hate. I loved it, but I can see why others may not enjoy it as much. The Name of the Wind is the story of Kvothe, a talented jack of all trades. In a yarn as old and as common as the fantasy genre itself, Kvothe conveys his story of learning, adventure and revenge. How he mastered any task put to him, made allies and enemies and was the envy or bane of all who came across him. How he survived as a child foraging in the wild, in the cutthroat streets of a city as a thief, and as a wizarding school prodigy. The story is told through Kvothe explaining his history to a chronicler, long after he's put his adventure days to rest. A familiar classical tale.

There are a lot of things that might be a turnoff to modern fantasy readers. Kvothe is almost impossibly capable. He masters every task as he learns it, and finds solutions to his problems almost before he's made aware of them. The story is also very specified to his character.

If you're looking for complex, multi-character fantasy with something you don't see very often, you won't find it here. If you enjoy classical Robert Howard/L. Sprague DeCamp style fantasy, you'll find Name of the Wind fits right in. The story has little to no gore, practically no sexual content, and I don't recall any serious foul language in it. It's basically a golden age swords and sorcery series (more sorcery than swords), but made in the modern era.

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AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

“When the hearthfire turns to blue,
what to do? what to do?
run outside, run and hide

when his eyes are black as crow?
where to go? where to go?
near and far. Here they are.

see a man without a face?
move like ghosts from place to place.
whats their plan? whats their plan?
Chandrian. Chandrian”

AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

Jun 17, 2017

"'You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared. You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.'" -Bast, page 719

Jul 07, 2016

“You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared.”

Jul 07, 2016

“It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”

Jul 07, 2016

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man's will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.”

Jul 07, 2016

“The best lies about me are the ones I told.”

Jul 07, 2016

“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.”

May 01, 2014

'You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared. You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.' - Bast

Jun 05, 2012

Page 352 of the paperback: "As with all truly wild things, care is necessary in approaching them. Stealth is useless. Wild things recognize stealth for what it is, a lie and a trap. While wild things might play games of stealth, and in doing so may even occasionally fall prey to stealth, they are never truly caught by it."

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