|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2008|
|Number of Pages:||720|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.0 x 7.0 x 1.5|
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.
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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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.