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.
Recommended if you like Ender's Game
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. (Apr.)
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1 . Loved it
Posted May 16, 2011 by Lorie , MississippiI'm going to have a terrible time waiting for the next book to be published.
2 . Great Book!
Posted March 09, 2011 by chace , dallas, txThis is the type of book that completely enthralls you. I lost sleep because i could not stop myself from reading "just a little more". Highly Recommended!
3 . Great Book
Posted May 21, 2010 by Jes , PHXabsolutly loved it! couldnt put it down!
4 . My favorite book
Posted February 15, 2010 by Cynthia , Poplar Grove, ILI loved this book, and I recommend it to everyone I meet. I usually don't write reviews or gush, but I can't help it where this book is concerned.
5 . Fantastic!
Posted January 25, 2010 by Lauren , OhioThis book has everything that a great fantasy should. I can't wait to see the next installment from Mr Rothfuss.
6 . Soon to be a classic
Posted July 24, 2009 by Michael , Coldwater, miThis story is interesting and a page turner. I am sure it will become a classic in the fantasy genre. The story of a tortured hero and the sins he commits for love and infamy. a must ready for anyone who truly loves a good story.
7 . Incredible book!
Posted July 23, 2009 by T , VancouverTwo thumbs up!!
8 . To read over and over again.
Posted June 07, 2009 by D.R. , VirginiaThis book, told within Kvothes point of view, is a masterpiece that will last throughout the years.
Filled with action, romance, suspense, and fantasy, this is a story that you will read over and over again.
March 25, 2007
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