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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Patrick Rothfuss

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Title:The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
Authors:Patrick Rothfuss
Info:DAW Trade (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 672 pages
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

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Wow. Normally I'm not a fan of either big books, or fantasy, or series. But I'm breaking all the rules for this one. Utterly enchanting. Fewer tropes, wonderful world-building, wit and wonder, romance and excitement, and easy enough to get through but thoughtful enough be memorable. Truly recommended for anyone who is even considering reading it, especially for fans of Lord of the Rings, Robert Jordan, Eragon, Harry Potter... ages 12 up. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I loved this book. Gave it five stars, marked it as a favourite, went merrily to the bookstore to buy the second installment of the trilogy, which is called the Kingkiller Chronicle.

Kvothe, in hiding as a simple inn keeper, is actually a legendary hero, telling his life story to The Chronicler, a scribe who stops at his inn, and who recognizes the innkeeper for who he really is. Each book in the chronicle represents one day of story-telling. Honestly, I can't believe that it would only take one day to tell the scribe all of the events in this large book, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief in this instance.

The book grabbed hold of me the moment I opened it, and I lived rather a half-life during the time I read the novel. I particularly enjoyed the tales of Kvothe as a university student, and his recollections of his time with the lovely and mysterious Denna.

There are a lot of tropes in the book: the idyllic childhood, the mysterious old man who recognizes Kvothe's intelligence and begins his training, the early and tragic death of his family, his struggles through poverty, etc. However, Rothfuss manages to turn these necessary tropes into something more, into really good storytelling, and a fascinating plot, even though it uses many of the fantasy novel basics. In fact, I would argue that Rothfuss is telling a story about stories, as well as definitely telling us a story within a story, showing that even the most traditional setting for fantasy can lead to unexpected endings, taking unplanned twists and turns. I see metafiction here.

I will be interested to discover whether or not the second book is as gripping as the first. It is a daunting size. I can't wait! ( )
  ahef1963 | Apr 10, 2015 |
4 ½ Stars

This review is also published at http://thebookaholiccat.com

Kvothe is a legendary hero, loved and hated for many. Legends had been written in his name, but which one held the true to the different events? That, nobody knows.
The Chronicler a famous scribe is tracking down Kvothe; he wants to be the one to tell the real story of this famous character.
By unexpected circumstances The Chronicler and Kvothe crossed paths, resulting in The Chronicle arrival to Kvothe’s inn. Kvothe has been living, as an innkeeper in a little town for a couple of months under an alias, just his apprentice Bast, knows who he really is.
But The Chronicler soon recognizes Kvothe and pleads to him to tell him his real story. He wants to be the one who tells it to the world.
After some consideration Kvothe agrees. He tells The Chronicle it will take three days for him to relate everything. All the details are settled and Kvothe starts almost immediately to narrate his life events, beginning with his childhood and moving along until his time at The University.
In this book we see all the events in Kvothe’s childhood, it was not an easy one. Many dramatic events unfold through the pages.
His life changes drastically after his parents and friends are killed by The Chandrian. He goes from being a loved and cherished child to a beggar and pickpocket in the streets of an unknown city.
But Kvothe is smart and he knows it; he has also a very driven personality. After three years in the streets he wakes up of his stage of shock and decides he had mourned enough the dead of his parents. He now wants revenge. He is going to kill The Chandrian, but he doesn’t know anything about them. First he needs to learn about them to be able to find their weak points (if there are any) to kill them. He decides his best option is to go to The University to learn everything he requires. He does whatever is necessary to get accepted in The University and after being accepted he would need to do whatever is necessary to stay there until he learns what he needs to learn.

The Name of the Wind is the first book of The Kingkiller Chronicle Trilogy. Each book in this trilogy will belong to a day of Kvothe’s storytelling.

Kvothe is a very mysterious character, as a child we see him as clever and gifted kid; not just with his studies but with everything he does, especially with music. As an adult others see him almost as a god-like hero. Many legends and stories are written about him. But in this book we don’t know yet about them.
Bast is something non-human. Maybe Fae, but we are not sure what he really is. The only thing certain about him is his love and devotion for Kvothe.
The Chronicle is an interesting character; he is a well-known scribe, but not much is said about him. I think there is more to him and he will surprise us in the books to come.
I like Kvothe’s friends Simmon and Wilem from The University; they are nice supporting characters. They love him and accept him the way he is, and they really care for him.
I couldn’t connect with Denna nor did I understand the attraction Kvothe felt for her. I hope in the next books I could see it more clearly.

My final though: This is a long book, over 700 pages but it’s so well written and entertaining that you won’t feel it. The changes from present to pass are expertly done.
The world building is amazing, is not just original but made in a very detail manner. I finished the book couple of days ago and still I just need to close my eyes to picture every city and room in this book.
The Name of the Wind has a nice pace; also Mr. Rothfuss is a master at storytelling. He gives us little glances of things that would happen in the future, keeping us glued to the pages because we want to know when and how these things would happen.
If you love Fantasy, you will love this book. Book two of The Kingkiller Trilogy, The Wise Man’s Fear was released this month. I hope to read it soon. This one it’s over thousand pages.
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  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book but not as much as I was expecting to. Maybe not just another fantasy epic, but certainly nothing earth-shatteringly original. The magic aspect was handled very nicely.

What I don't care for here is the complete assumption that the reader is going to read his next two books, and the resulting reality that the reader has just read one-third of a book. There is no attempt to make this book stand alone. And the next book is 900 pages? Very unlikely. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 26, 2015 |
It was very slow to start, the first 50 pages were a bit dull. I was clueless about the story and who the characters were, so I found it didn’t grab my attention at the beginning. However, as I kept reading it went from strength to strength.

Rothfuss’ writing felt so poetic, it was so easy to read and visualise the world he was creating. I loved how Kvothe’s character and how the story evolved through his narration. I could not compare it to other fantasy books like I have seen other users doing, books such as Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings – it is an original story that can stand on its own.

I loved the highly unique way in which Rothfuss introduces the idea of dragons, and that was one of the elements that make this book stand out against other great books in the same genre. I feel like part 1 of Kvothe’s story is just a warm-up for the subsequent installments and I am expecting great things from book number 2. ( )
  KittyBimble | Feb 12, 2015 |
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To my mother, who taught me to love books, and opened the door to Narnia, Pern, and Middle Earth.
And to my father, who taught me that if I was going to do something, I should take my time and do it right.
And lastly, to Mr. Bohage, my high school history teacher. In 1989 I told him I’d mention him in my first novel. I keep my promises
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It was that night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
Anger can keep you warm at night, and wounded pride can spur a man to wondrous things.
I only know one story. But oftentimes small pieces seem to be stories themselves.
Fear tends to come from ignorance. Once I knew what the problem was, it was just a problem, nothing to fear.
Wisdom precludes boldness.
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Amazon.com's Best of the Year...So Far Pick for 2007: Harry Potter fans craving a new mind-blowing series should look no further than The Name of the Wind--the first book in a trilogy about an orphan boy who becomes a legend. Full of music, magic, love, and loss, Patrick Rothfuss's vivid and engaging debut fantasy knocked our socks off. --Daphne Durham

10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Patrick Rothfuss

Q: Were you always a fan of fantasy novels?
A: Always. My first non-picture books were the Narnia Chronicles. After that my mom gave me Ihe Hobbit and Dragonriders. I grew up reading about every fantasy and sci-fi book I could find. I used to go to the local bookstore and look at the paperbacks on the shelf. I read non-fantasy stuff too, of course. But fantasy is where my heart lies. Wait... Should that be "where my heart lays?" I always screw that up.

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books?
A: Hmmm.... How about I post that up as a list?

Q: What are you reading now?
A: Right now I'm reading Capacity, by Tony Balantyne. He was nominated for the Philip K Dick award this last year. I heard him read a piece of the first novel, Recursion, out at Norwescon. I picked it up and got pulled right in. Capacity is the second book in the series. Good writing and cool ideas. Everything I've like best.

Q: How did Kvothe's story come to you? Did you always plan on a trilogy?
A: This story started with Kvothe's character. I knew it was going to be about him from the very beginning. In some ways it's the simplest story possible: it's the story of a man's life. It's the myth of the Hero seen from backstage. It's about the exploration and revelation of a world, but it's also about Kvothe's desire to uncover the truth hidden underneath the stories in his world. The story is a lot of things, I guess. As you can tell, I'm not very good at describing it. I always tell people, "If I could sum it up in 50 words, I wouldn't have needed to write a whole novel about it." I didn't plan it as a trilogy though. I just wrote it and it got to be so long that it had to be broken up into pieces. There were three natural breaking points in the story.... Hence the Trilogy.

Q: What is next for our hero?
A: Hmm..... I don't really believe in spoilers. But I think it's safe to say that Kvothe grows up a little in the second book. He learns more about magic. He learns how to fight, gets tangled up in some court politics, and starts to figure unravel some of the mysteries of romance and relationships, which is really just magic of a different kind, in a way.

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"The tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages, you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But this book is so much more, for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend"--From publisher description.… (more)

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