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The Name of the Wind

(The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  860,843 ratings  ·  49,266 reviews
This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians 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-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a novel tha ...more
Paperback, 722 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by DAW (first published March 27th 2007)
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Amenophis Wish I could say WoT raises to a quarter of this book's value ... But it just doesn't. It is entirely other league. You may compare it to Tolkien. Jor…moreWish I could say WoT raises to a quarter of this book's value ... But it just doesn't. It is entirely other league. You may compare it to Tolkien. Jordan is slow going and tedious to parse the phrase where Rothfuss is eloquent yet poetical ... as for the characters, Kvothe is ALIVE and PULSING throughout both of the books, while Jordan's are staggering if not hitting their heads against the same door-frame in every single book utterly failing credibility. No comparison. (less)
Joseph The Malazan books are some of the most absurdly complex fantasy novels ever written. This is a kid's book next to them. Grade 9 seems like an adequate…moreThe Malazan books are some of the most absurdly complex fantasy novels ever written. This is a kid's book next to them. Grade 9 seems like an adequate reading level. (less)

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I'm sorry, Mr. Rothfuss. For realz, actual sorry. Honestly. I tried giving your book two stars out of pity, since I so wanted to like it and I'd feel bad about giving it one star and dragging down your average rating. Though you don't appear to need my pity. Your book has the highest average GR rating (4.49) of any of the book I've read. I finally dropped my rating down to one star because it's just a steaming pile of crap and I couldn't take the embarrassment of having posted a two-star rating ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As an avid adult fantasy reader, out of all the books that I’ve been recommended, The Name of the Wind has always been recommended to me the most. Google, Goodreads, book reviewing sites, 9gag, even some people who don't read a lot of fantasy books, they have all praised the series highly and now that I’ve read it, it’s in my opinion that the fame is totally well deserved; there’s no doubt that this is truly a fantas
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fantasy, favourite
This is why I love fantasy so much. After a recent string of okay fantasy novels, a couple of good ones but nothing to get really excited about, I've rediscovered my passion thanks to this book. I'm so impressed, and so in love, I can't begin to describe it. But I can try to give you a feel for the book, if I can figure out where to start and how to do justice to this masterpiece.

Kvothe (pronounced like "Quothe") is a world-renowned figure of mystery with a disreputable reputation - a hero or a
Oct 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. Wow. Let's back the hell up here. How is this so highly rated? Are those genre-establishment reviewers who're thrashing about in paroxysms of fawning five-star NEXT BIG THING OMG joy wearing blinders or just so used to mediocre fantasy that this book actually comes across looking good in comparison? Why do these high fantasy disappointments keep on keeping on? Whose brilliant idea was it to throw around the GRRM and Harry Potter comparisons, thereby actually getting me to waste my pennies ...more
Mark Lawrence
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll give this 5* with no begrudging. I'm pretty easy with my 5*, they're not reserved for the best book I've ever read, just very good books. I thought The Name of the Wind was "very good". I read it in what for me was a very short span of time - it had that 'more-ish' quality that best sellers need.

Can I see what makes this the single best selling epic fantasy for a generation (apart from George Martin's series)? No. Excepting that perhaps the lesson is that to be head and shoulders above your
Nov 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have no interest in imagining I'm someone who is stronger, deadlier, smarter, sexier, etc. than myself - a famed hero in a milqtoast world little different from modern North America.

I read fantasy to immerse myself in strange worlds ripe with danger and conflict. To uncork primal wonders. And there is none of that in Rothfuss' book.

His world is about as strange and dangerous as a mashed potato sandwich. His protagonist is comically overblown wish fullfillment for people who weren't popular i
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a well known fact that I will read pretty much any book with a magical school but so is the fact that I don't like waiting for the next book in a series.

With that said, 2020 has been such a shit year, I decided to tackle a bunch of the books I expected to give 5 star to including this one even though book 3... well it might never come.

The book had a lot of potential and I did mostly enjoy it. Interesting magic system, overall intriguing characters and a mystery to figure out.

The reviews I h
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I kinda liked this book. But my opinion on the matter probably shouldn't be trusted.... ...more
Debbie Hates the New Book Page Redesign
ETA #2: Spare me Rothfuss fanboys who just want to pick fights over negative reviews. I thought the book sucked. My thinking the book sucked in no way impacts how much others enjoyed the book. And if you are uncomfortable that I point out the lack of strong female characters, the main character as essentially a male Mary Sue, or the fact that the entire book was pure male fantasy wish fulfillment, then perhaps you should consider some personal reflection on why those points upset you.

ETA: I had
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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a review of three parts

it was night again. the keys of a laptop lay in wait to create a review, and it was a review of three parts.

the most obvious part was a full, echoing story, made by the letters that were written on a page. if the words came to life it would have done so in the form of a young man name kvothe, eager to know the answers to lifes greatest questions, thirsty for any knowledge he could get his hands on. if the story wa
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IT WAS NIGHT AGAIN. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind it would have sighed through the trees, set the inn's sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves.

This is only part of the prologue to THE NAME OF THE WIND that drew me right
1.) The Name of the Wind ★★★★★
2.) The Wise Man's Fear ★★★★★
2.4) The Lightning Tree ★★★★★
2.5) The Slow Regard of Silent Things ★★★★★
3.) Doors of Stone n/a

This was everything that I needed this month. There was so much that I had forgotten, and so much foreshadowing that I'm so excited for! This truly just made me feel so whole and reminded me why I'm in love with books and reading and stories that make you feel every emotion known to humans. Such a masterpiece, even after all this time and
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”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.”

Okay, there are books
then there are BOOKS!!!

I guess this said it actually doesn’t take a lot to figure that “The Name of the Wind”
else fine
I really, really wish I could give this negative stars.
Sean Barrs
When I began reading this, I did so with a yawn. It initially appeared quite basic and completely uninspiring. I almost stopped reading after twenty five pages, shocking I know. If I did that it would have been a massive mistake because this is one of the best fantasy novels published in the last twenty years. Those first few pages did nothing to encourage me, but as soon as I realised that this is, essentially, a story about a story, I was hooked of Rothfuss’ magic.

This series has such a huge s
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
"I must confess myself... disappointed."

(For those who don't get the reference, it's a line that Voldemort uses in Goblet of Fire - the movie version at least. I am using a Harry Potter reference in retaliation to all those people who are somehow comparing this to that series, for the sole reason that there's a freaking magical university. Really, there's very little comparison aside from that. I mean, not even to get into how the whole tone and whatnot is different, but, really, the fact that t
Lisa of Troy
Oct 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best fantasy books of all time!

In a small town is an innkeeper named Kote, living a quiet life, when one day a man enters his establishment looking for Kvothe, the man of myths and legends. Kvothe decides that it is finally time to share his great adventures to set the record straight. He recalls life as a boy and his time at the University.

Firstly, I would like to set my record straight. I am extremely particular about fantasy reads because I am not a very visual person. When an auth
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have so many unanswered questions and I'm not even mad about it. ...more
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle#1)

This book is really great. Very impressive world-building and charming writing.
Rupert Degas did an excellent job. His narration made this story greater.
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Jul 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really disliked the main character, to the extent that I couldn't get more than 1/3rd through it. The other problem I had was the language: Kvothe's eyes are described as shards of ice just a sentence before his voice is likened to a sharp steel blade. Ah well--there's lots of other high fantasy in the world. ...more
don't be mad.

i know how you feel. i know you see that three star rating and feel a blinding rage. i know you are in a state of utter disbelief that i could have such an unbelievably unpopular and overall UNACCEPTABLE opinion on this modern classic.

and yet. here we are.

you do not have to read this review.

but if it helps, i'm disappointed too.

here comes the kicker:
this is a spectacular world-building novel but a terrible characterization one.

if a 2010s young adult dystopian novel featured a teena
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fantasy, 2022
anyone wanna tell me why this was 40 goddamn dollars????

u better be worth it


note to 2018 self: yeah it was kinda worth it ngl
J.L.   Sutton
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind (The KingKiller Chronicle #1) is a work I should have read a long time ago. This is a magnificent and wonderfully-written epic fantasy novel! I actually started it a little over a year ago, but didn’t get very far. At the time, I had been plowing through books, and I’ve since discovered that this is not the way to get to know or appreciate The Name of the Wind. This first book in The KingKiller Chronicle emphasizes the early years of a wizard named Kvothe, ...more
Originally posted here.

This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you until you give in and give it a go.

One of the reviews I read compared it to The Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings, saying that the book was equal to the best of fantasy written thus far. Well let me tell you, this doesn't stand alongside the fantasy greats, it knocks them off the shelves.

It isn't just some fantastic epic that you read for fun
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of an aside: Inexplicably, my 20 yr old son rates this amongst his top ten reads, eclipsed only by books from Sanderson and Robert Jordan.

I mean, where did I go wrong?

But I digress. On to the review

This must have been Rothfuss' wish fulfilment bc the main character is infused with much beauty and inexhaustive intellect to the point he is no more than a caricature. How does this book have even an average of 3 stars much less 4.6? How?

If you need a book with high fantasy or action and adve
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A legitimately wonderful story that is written beautifully

Check out my new youtube channel where I show my instant reactions to reading fantasy books seconds after I finish the book.

I really shouldn't love this book as much as I did, as it has so many elements that I typically hate in fantasy. I don't typically care for flowing prose in my books, and while it is nice, I much prefer a good story to beautiful prose. And this story admittedly has a slow plot with not a ton happening. I don't us
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a long time, this book has sat upon my shelf. I never read synopsis anymore, so anything I knew about it was word of mouth. Based on the few things I heard and the image on the cover, this book was not what I expected.

Many people have sung the praises of this book and it has come very highly recommended. Unfortunately I have to say *ducks behind nearest fortified object*, it was just okay for me. Not bad, mind you, but it did not blow my mind, either.

I thought both the beginning and the end
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The Name of the Wind is one of the most famous books in the fantasy genre and there are very high chances that you already read the book because I am just very late for the party. I have decided to read this when I joined GR in 2016 and I kept procrastinating because I was intimidated by the length of the book and by the expectations I had for one of
Kevin Xu
I heard a lot of hype and great things about this book from just about everyone and their mom in order to tell everyone else and their mom who has not read the book to read it so they can fall in love and rate it five stars. So I took a shot and check this book out of the library, ending up hating the book mostly because of the main character, Kovthe. Everything that he does to me might as well be a flaw, the flaw of being rational , not thinking of the consequences or the emotional effect it wo ...more
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It all began when Pat Rothfuss was born to a marvelous set of parents. Throughout his formative years they encouraged him to do his best, gave him good advice, and were no doubt appropriately dismayed when he failed to live up to his full potential.

In high-school Pat was something of a class clown. His hobbies included reading a novel or two a day and giving relationship advice to all his friends

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