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The Name of the Wind

Format:  Hardcover,

661 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Mar 2007

ISBN-13: 9780756404079

ISBN-10: 075640407X

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Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, "The Name of the Wind" is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Specifications

Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Mar 2007
ISBN-13: 9780756404079
ISBN-10: 075640407X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 661
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 2.0

About the author

Biography of Rothfuss, Patrick

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin on June 6, 1973. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and M. A. from Washington State University. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. In 2002, his short story, The Road to Levinshir, won first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He writes The Kingkiller Chronicle series. The first book in the series, The Name of the Wind, won the 2007 Quill Award for best sc-fi/fantasy.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-02-15)

The fantasy choice is Patrick Rothfuss's rich and layered debut, The Name of the Wind (DAW. 2007. ISBN 978-0-7564-0407-9. $24.95). Kvothe, a man known as the heroic Legend, is lying low in the guise of an innkeeper. When an act of bravery brings a stranger to the inn, Kvothe is persuaded to narrate his own autobiography, an engrossing story marked by magic and deep-seated vengeance.

Review by Library Journal (2007-01-01)

From his childhood as a member of a close-knit family of the nomadic Edema Ruh to his first heady days as a student of magic at a prestigious university, humble bartender Kvothe relates the tale of how a boy beset by fate became a hero, a bard, a magician, and a legend. Rothfuss's first novel launches a trilogy relating not only the history of humankind but also the tale of a world threatened by an evil whose existence it desperately denies.

The author explores the development of a person's character while examining the relationship between a legend and its reality and the truth that lies at the heart of stories. Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed "autobiography" of a hero is highly recommended for libraries of any size.

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Awards and Recognitions

  • Original Voices Award, 2007 (United States)
  • Quill Awards, 2007 (United States)
  • Alex Awards, 2008 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2007 (United States)

Book description

Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★áby 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★áby I'm kicking myself for not buying this here I paid twice what walmart is charging for this at my local bookseller.Aside from that, this really was a very good book. Yes a lot of the bits are clich├ęs of the fantasy world, but they are woven together beautifully into a whole that is more than the sum of it's parts.On thing that really sets this book apart is how the story is actually told. It's told as a narration from the protagonist after the fact. We all know he going to survive his mishaps and adventures, but what makes it interesting is how he did it.There is a bit of narrative foreshadowing that fails to pay off, particularly in the "love" interest. I never felt like there was a whole lot of payoff in the relationship with Denna from all the build up, just a bit of passing fancy. But it could be building something for the next book to wow us with.My only regret: I found this book shortly after publishing. Now I have to wait years for the rest to follow. 08/24/2007
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