The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle Series #1)

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle Series #1)

by Patrick Rothfuss


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Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
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.  

Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
Ursula K. Le Guin, 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
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756405892
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Series: Kingkiller Chronicle Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 38,802
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. He can be found at and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.

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What People are Saying About This

Anne McCaffrey

A fascinating read, with plenty of well-drawn characters and unique information on the 'arcane'. Well worth anyone's time - a book that requires 'reading.'

Kevin J. Anderson

Patrick Rothfuss gives us a fabulous debut, standing firmly on the main stage of the fantasy genre and needing no warmup act. Jordan and Goodkind must be looking nervously over their shoulders!

Terry Brooks

The Name of the Wind marks 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.

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Hiddenmastermind More than 1 year ago
"The Name of the Wind is by far one of my favorite novels. From the moment I read the very first paragraph, I became completely entranced. It is the story of a legendary wizard who is essentially telling the memoirs of his life to a Chronicler, who writes it all down. He brings to light the much coveted story of his past and the events which sparked rumors that eventually made him the legend he is. Patrick Rothfuss writes with such a poetic and moving quality, allowing the story to flow with such realism, even though it is a Fantasy novel. As the wizard Kvothe tells his life story to Chronicler, I was so enraptured that, in a way, I became the young man he speaks of. When young Kvothe felt nervous, I felt nervous; when he was angry, I was angered; When he was sad, I too was at the verge of tears. Rothfuss' writing truly connects the reader in such a profound way. At those times when Kvothe breaks away from his reminiscing on the past, the very emotion of Kvothe's retelling of his memories is also felt by the reader. There is such a sorrowful and mysterious quality to the character of Kvothe just brimming beneathe this utterly believable hero, and, as I read the book, I realized how talented Rothfuss really is to make the reader actually feel the experiences of Kvothe's life. This is an incredibly clever, moving, emotional, and magical book that I'm positive anyone who picks up will add to their collection of favorites. No doubt The Wise Man's Fear (The second installation of the series, coming in April 2009) will be just as intriguing."
Wyll More than 1 year ago
I picked up this title for my Xmas vacation reading after seeing it on some list online. I'm happy to say that Rothfuss appears to be the next great fantasy author. I'm often disappointed with the formulaic, copy-cat fantasy works that flood the genre, but The Name of the Wind proved to be far, far better than much of the dross we see these days.
The characterization is deep and engaging. The story, while not entirely ground-breaking, is compelling. What I really enjoy is the way magic works. It's very earthy and mechanistic in a way, rather than the overblown elves and wizards stuff we often see.
This is great writing, and I can't wait for the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Science Fiction and Fantasy for 30 years - which is to say that I have read a lot and my favorite authors are a) crossing the waters and thus no longer available to provide new books or b) simply can not write as quickly as I read. So --- it has been an ongoing challenge to find NEW authors worth reading - there has been an unfortunate dearth over the past decade or so of new-to-the-scene authors who are neither so tritely formulaic nor so determinedly different to be truly enjoyable. Patrick Rothfuss has been a (pardon the pun) breath of fresh air in an increasingly stale genre. This first installment is not, however, perfect. Which is actually something to recommend it - were it too perfect, there would be nothing to look forward to in future books. The premise is not altogether original (okay, it is not even a little orginal - thief makes good has been done A LOT), BUT, it has rarely been done within such a delightful framework and with as much enticing mystery. The first half of the book was definitely stay up all night to see what happens next ...but the second half does stumble a bit on its pacing (and as another reviewer pointed out, an unfortunate abundance of going on and on and on about Denna). About three-quarters of the way through the book I started to be a bit impatient for *something to happen* as the pace slowed considerably and the constant bad luck for our main character started to get wearying. Nonetheless, the author is a fabulous writer who has done what so few are able to do - write convincingly in both first and third person (an oft mentioned kudo for this new writer). It is not an unhearof device - but is rarely done well. Patrick Rothfuss succeeds handily. I look forward to the next installment, though I do hope the author gains a more consistent pacing and leaves off the moon-struck over reliance on the 'woman of mystery' as the driving force for his lead character's subplots.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love fantasy books but with me I find they are very hit or miss, you either love the book or hate it, so I asked an employee who was hanging around the section what fantasy novels she could recommend. After a few questions she pointed me to this book. I started it when I got home but just couldn't resist the call of the other book I bought that day, the latest in the Anita Blake series, anyway skipping a head a bit. The book started off a bit slow but before long I couldn't tear my attention away from it. It's one of those books you tell yourself you'll read for ten minutes before bed and before you know it it's 3 hours later! Ok I'm rambling. it boils down to this. this is my new favorite book. It was amazing pure and simple. Powerful story telling that draws you in and lets you feel what the characters are feeling. Highly recommended to Fantasy fans!
FerZa More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. I survived on an average of 2 hours of sleep per day to finish this book as soon as possible. Not only is it deep, it is also fast paced, which is impressive seeing how it goes through the entire life of the main character. The world created by Patrick Rothfuss is original and interesting and the characters are rich and full of detail. I cannot wait for the second book.
Barabbanidas More than 1 year ago
I want to start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'll admit that this isn't the greatest book in the world and is far from perfect. In fact, it has a lot of glaring flaws, but I overlooked them because it didn't seem to affect the book's ability to give me a satisfying tale of a desperate journey through a troubled youth. I like Rothfuss' writing style. It's plain, simple, descriptive, uses some very profound, yet easy to understand anologies, and flows easily. The writing is descriptive (though more heavily in some parts than others), but varied in such a way that the reader's mind will not find it repetitive, nor overly familiar; I never felt any sense of impatience reading through the words that Rothfuss used to paint his characters and his world. If you're looking for something "poetic" or something that uses "a unique style of prose" or "some weird/foreign pentameter to metre his lines", then you won't find it in this book. It's meant to be an easy read that doesn't require readers to re-read each sentence to analyze how each flourishing detail would work to reference the same object/entity. It's an easy read, trust me. This book is supposed to be the first part of a trilogy. As such, it doesn't seem like the first third of a story; it seems more like a really long prologue. The mode of storytelling is done from the main character's own mouth (Kote or Kvothe), as he tells his story to a chronicler. The author spends ample time building up the character's first few years of life, and then presents a catastrophic event which will undoubtedly pave the path for the main character's ultimate purpose. Unfortunately, throughout the rest of the book, the character makes close to no progress towards that ultimate purpose. Somehow, I can't blame the author, because the main character's unfortunate position requires him to live day-to-day, being extremely poor, which in turn forces him to focus more on survival than on "seeking to write his destiny". The main character never develops throughout the book. He's the same person from the start of the book, as he is at the end of the book. He's like a kid who was born with the maturity of a high school/college student, who never becomes a full adult. His level intelligence, wisdom, and charm all remain a static constant throughout the story. The only thing he seems to actually build upon, is his knowledge of the arcane and his ability to use it; oh, and he becomes more and more reckless. The character has numerous "life-changing experiences" which are masterfully told by Rothfuss, but none of them actually seem to end up changing the character's life. These events do nothing to mold the character; it's as if his life experiences don't affect his character/personality one bit. The author uses many cheap gimmicks to suppress the character's high-octane emotions through usage of "arcane tricks", making him a robot who seeks nothing but pride and his own survival. The character hides his emotions well, especially from his readers. This book is basically a compilation of tales/adventures about a young boy. There's no purpose or direction to be found; hopefully the next two books will address this issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very well written and I must say it is now a favorite. I like the wheel of time series, sword of truth, black company, deathgate cycle, and Malazan empire books. I have to say this one is right up there on the top of my list now. If you like any of the above series you will love this book.
julie37619 More than 1 year ago
Writing: Stunning. I'm so impressed with Rothfuss's writing. I was completely caught up in the story, but the writing is equally impressive. Not a single flaw to complain about and several amazing aspects to highlight: World building: Rothfuss does it better than any other authors I've read. I believe Kvothe's world and the people who live in it. And the details he has constructed are amazing. The religion, the history, the socio-economic relations, the languages, and even the magic are all perfectly coherent and integrated. There wasn't a moment in the book that I found contradictory or out of place. Epic writing: That's not a real term, but I can't think of a better way to say it. If an author is going to write a book over 700 pages and follow it up with a sequel of over 900 pages, the book better be interesting. And Rothfuss has created an epic story that doesn't drag. There aren't slow moments or passages that make me want to peek ahead. I actually got teary about halfway through the book when I realized it was going to end. I'd compare Rothfuss to Tolkien, but my Tolkien loving friends would get their feelings hurt. Yeah, it's that good. Characters: I LOVE the characters. Like the world Rothfuss has created, the characters are absolutely believable. They are all flawed and unlikable at times (some more of the time than others) but even the bad guys (with the exception of the Chandrian) have sufficient motivation for their actions that the reader finds them sympathetic at times. And speaking of the Chandrian: Holy moly. Talk about some amazing villains. The children's rhyme about the Chandrian seriously had me totally creeped out. I think they are some of the creepiest villains I've ever read. Reading Pleasure: I can't say enough about how amazing this book is, both in terms of writing and entertainment value. I will say that it took me around 150 pages to really get into it. Not that I wasn't enjoying it before then, but I wasn't obsessed. But I was just telling Bestie how it was literally like a turn of the page and I was into it. One page I was iffy, the next page I was hooked. And once it starts, it doesn't stop. I read it during every spare second I had - on my lunch, as soon as I got home from work, until I went to bed, and before I left for work in the mornings. The best thing to me is that there are so many aspects of the book to love. It reminded me of It by Stephen King in that way - not any of the plot of course, but just the stories within the stories. So much detail and so rich in character, setting, and plot development. Honestly, I think this book may have knocked two of my top three favorites out of the running. It's up there with Till We Have Faces in terms of amazing-ness. I got The Wise Man's Fear (day two of the story) in the mail yesterday and I cannot wait to sit down and read it tonight! flag
Dragoulstein More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book. I love the fact that when Kvothe actually reveals his story, we see that, even though he is a legend who has supposedly done all these miraculous things, he's actually pretty average and many of his stories are blown out of proportion. Having said that, he's still so brilliant and easy to like. It's so easy to get lost in this book and it's incredibly intriguing. I can't wait for day two!!!
DreamscapePen More than 1 year ago
This novel was excellent! To say it's a great fantasy novel does not do it justice. TNOTW is a book I desperately wanted to finish and never wanted to end. Kvothe is broken and strong, brilliant and foolish, innocent and jaded. The prose is elegant, but has not one wasted word. Science combines with the supernatural to present a world that is interesting and realistic. I could go on and on about it, but the last thing I will say, is Patrick Rothfuss has the talent of Tolkien, but has his own style and creativity.
Mistb0rn More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Over 650 pages but its hard to put down. Any comparison to Harry Potter inaccurate. About the only thing the two have in common is that a boy is going to college to be a "wizard". I use the term wizard very loosely because the type of magic in this book is not the "buy a magic wand, mutter an incantation, swish and flick and turn someone into a toad magic. The magic used in this story is very believable, something you wouldn't be surprised to find out really existed in the darker secret corners of the world. The story is told from Qvothe's (the main character) point of view, he is older now and is retelling his life story. It jumps to his present day now and again, but never derails or takes away from his story. I cannot wait for the second book!!
Brad96 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Great semi-fantasy setting (not typical dungeons & dragons), interesting story. My only gripe is that after reading 736 pages, it's disappointing to find that nothing gets resolved or wrapped up. Of course, there will be a sequel. But I was hoping to see something concluded before it ended. After so many pages, it seems like not a lot happened, and we're left hanging. Yet, it never gets slow or boring. The writing keeps you interested throughout. I can't wait for Wise Man's Fear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a very outstanding book recommend to anyone who loves the eragon books and loves a good dark fantasy and a thriller to what will happen next patrick ruthfuss has a great mind to write a book with such usage and word choice. but overall it was one of the greatest books ever read dont judge a book by the cover but how the story is. THANKS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly vivid novel that i couldn't put down. I read it in a span of two days and dreaded setting it down to sleep it was so captivating. Recommended for all fantasy readers, this author has alrdy been ranked at the top in my books. He writes with a new style of biographical fantasy that i've never encountered before, and can't wait to see in his next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a chance pickup in my local library, but as is often the case I was amazed. The entire story is readable and entertaining, and there really are no slow spots. Even after 600 pages, I found myself hoping it would go on longer. Fortunately, I know that there are indeed two more books on the way. I only hope they come soon. Buy this book, you likely won't be dissapointed!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dude will never finish writing third book. Dont waste your time reading the first two. Complete waste of time.
LadyoftheRings More than 1 year ago
Enthralling Character Epic This is a phenomenal book to get completely lost in. When first starting out I was a little wary and wandered a bit...but once our narrator truly begins to tell his story I was hooked. Starting out as a sweet story of a little boy with his loving family and quickly turning tragic, our hero faces obstacles and trials that no kid should...but that is whats so great about Kvothe. He is resilient, smart, reckless and fearless...everything you want in a character. Following him through his schooling and adventures is so engaging as he is out smarting everyone three times his age, while going through that most difficult time in puberty. The way Rothfuss writes keeps you grounded in the story while walking this tight rope of danger and adventure. Its fantastic and I can't wait to find out how our hero ended up the way he did in the beginning of the story.
ProsePro More than 1 year ago
My Favorite book. Ever. Poor Patrick. Your first novel; the first of a trilogy, and the combination of caracters, story, and prose supplants my firm belief that nothing could surpass Tolkien. The Name of The Wind sets the stage for a masterpiece work. In fact, setting it stage so high, that it must be daunting when faced with two more books to write. I have read hundreds, perhaps into the thousands of books in the fantasy/worldbuilding genre. This book is like none of them. It truly does stand apart. While purchasing a book in Robert Jordans WOT series, the B&N cashier asked if I had read this book. He wrote The Name of the Wind on the reciept... years later, I was re-reading that particular book, and using the original reciept as the book mark. At the time, Mr. Jordan had passed, and Mr. Sanderson had yet to pick up the mantle. Needing something new to read, I found The Name of The Wind and purchased it. Since then I have read it, and it's follow up The Wise Man's Fear multiple times. I simply can not find a flaw with them. I love this story, and thus far it is my favorite of any genre. Beautifully written, with just the right words telling an artistically crafted story about wonderfully flawed and believable characters.
Jimmy Aston More than 1 year ago
this book, to date, is in my top 10 favorites. With just the right amount of mystery,intrigue,suspense,love and adventure i cant wait to read what surprises are in store for me in the second book!
Astaldoath More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is written very well and smoothly and I find myself at times reading hours and hours without realizing how long it has been. Patrick Rothfuss has created a great debut with the novel The Name of the Wind and I have no doubt that he will become one the great writers of fantasy fiction. Intelligently written, great plot and original story, action, adventure, and a little romance; this book has it all and makes a great read. I am looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out. I would recommend this book to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one took me by surprise. When i got done reading it I wanted to start it all over again. Considering this book is the first novel, I can't wait to see how the rest of the series turns out. Great characters and a plot that meshes superbly. Fantasy fans this is a must have!!!!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
As a child, Kvothe traveled with his parents from town to town as part of a troupe giving performances. His parents were quite talented, had the patronage of a lord, and stopped at only the best places. The troupe added Abertino who taught Kvothe much about his magic and was quite surprised how easily the lad picked up his lessons. After his mentor leaves the troupe, Kvothe decides to attend the University where he can obtain formal lessons in the use of magic. However his life is shattered after returning from a long solo walk to ponder his future he finds everyone including his parents dead, killed by the Chandrian because his dad was collecting knowledge on them so that he could write a song about them. --- A traumatized Kvothe heads for the big city where he becomes a homeless vagabond who is picked on by everyone who lives on the streets. Still he does what he must to stay alive until he finally reaches the University. Three days later he is moved into the Arcanum, the school of magic where he makes an enemy of an older student Ambrose, who makes Kvothe¿s life miserable, which escalates until he jeopardizes the newcomer¿s life. Kvothe has had enough and gets Ambrose in trouble with the school authorities. Some call him a hero others a killer as his legend has just begun. --- This is a complex enthralling ¿biographical¿ fantasy that will stun sub-genre fans with its vividness and depth as if Patrick Rothfuss has written numerous thrillers instead of his first. Kvothe¿s youthful tale is told mostly by him as he ventures forth once his beloved parents and the rest of those in his ¿world¿ were murdered. Readers will appreciate this strong saga of a young hero¿s salad days while looking forward to further escapades of Kvothe in ¿day two¿ of his story to the Chronicler. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is alluring, and pulls the reader in, with sense of anticipation. Unveils some interesting alchemy, and clearly is working to create a robust magical world. Problem is that it is taking much too long to find a viable story line. Needs more here and now, and less of the hand wringing childhood. Get the impression that main character's life story will meander forward for several more books, without anything approaching direction. Not only that, but after the first 120 pages, the reveals are quite transparent in each buildup. Not terrible, but I am left with lukewarm interest at end of first book, and disappointed that I invested the time to push through so many pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rothfuss has a reslly strong ear for good prose amd stable worldbuilding. What hes constructed in his book is truly fascinating, interesting, and engrossing. Unfortunately the whole experience is filtered through a poorly-written protagonist. Kvothe has little narrative autonomy, spending the bulk of the story meekly, humbly, yet astoundingly competently dealing with the challenges life throws at him. And thats what a lot of it is, stuff happening to Kvothe and him reacting. There is little in the way of proactivity, or decision points, the meat and potatoes of well-written characters. His humility, as the story is a first-person narrative, feels stiff and inauthentic. His lack of basic flaws (and don't cite his temper, a fake "flaw" that has little impact on the narrative or character relationships) makes him boring and cartoonish. His tired ability to be naturally good at anything he does and continually astound his peers and mentors makes him feel like a character in a poorly-written fanfiction. Rothfuss is a good writer, but this book fails to convince me hes a gooe story teller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A flawless adventure tale reminiscent of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. By far one of my favorite novels of all time. The author anticipates the needs of the reader and you will never find yourself bored. The characters are astonishingly vivid and the fantasy world in itself is equally as compelling. Give this a try, and you will not be dissapointed. I cannot relate the complexity and likability of the characters in this world. Admittedly, I am a bit of a speed reader who easily devours 50 or more novels per summer while working full time. This novel however, halted my pace in an altogether positive manner. I found my eyes arresting their progress and eating up the individual words that the author seamlessly weaved together. I also found myself wishing this tale would never end and that I would never have to leave this fantastic world. Give this book a try. Beautifully written. Post reading this novel I did a bit of research on the author and encountered the fact that he is an extreme perfectionist, writing as many as 60 drafts. I belive this wholeheartedly as every segment of this book fits together like an intricate puzzle. I can't wait to hear more about the third book in the series!