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The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician 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- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.

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The Name of the Wind
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4.7 / 5
Above average but not fantastic
November 17th, 2015
Enjoyed the first half much more than the second. I need to write more characters to submit this fine.
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Different but very good
October 22nd, 2015
Glad I picked up this one. It's hard to find fresh stories in this genre. As I write this I am still not done reading. I seldom or never give reviews but needed to leave one for this book. Whoever has not read it yet is in for a real treat
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Captivating
October 7th, 2015
This book was at first a slow build for me, but once it has its hook in you, you can't put it down. Kvothe's story is amazingly, perfectly woven, and captivating. I would definitely read this one again.
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Amazing
September 10th, 2015
This is an awesome story and I look forward to reading all the subsequent installments. Rothfuss is a master story teller.
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Excelent
June 8th, 2015
With this book Rothfuss became my favorite author. The Name of the Wind is a story full of magic and emotions. It will really make you laugh in one page, make you almost cry in despair in the next one and, finally, bring you to tears of joy in the next one. And I am not just saying it, you will remember this when you read this three pages I mentioned. Anyways, IMHO, Rothfuss is a wizard or words, and this book brings us a wonderfull new world with exciting characters and magic that really makes sense.
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Compelling
April 20th, 2015
This is one of those masterworks you simply can't put down. I don't know if it's because it reads like a fireside story, or simply because the main character is someone you should hate but instead feel for.
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Addictive
March 10th, 2015
Couldn't put it down, sucks you into the story and won't pet you go. Can't see what's in store for our hero in the next installment
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Hooked
February 11th, 2015
Expertly woven story. I'm hungry for more. That's all I wanted to say but this thing has a 100 character minimum. Bah!
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Wow. Just wow
February 8th, 2015
I love the way this book is written. The story within the story. The back and forth between first person from Kvothe's tale and the third person of the present. I love the style. Leaves you wanting, no, NEEDING more. Rothfuss is wonderful.
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Magic..
February 7th, 2015
Exceptional. One of new all time favourite books. The authors words are so stunning my breath was taken away again and again.
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Best Books I've Read In Years
January 21st, 2015
I realized recently that I hadn't opened a book in over a year. I bought, Name of the Wind on recommendation of a friend, and was not disappointed! Not only is this the best book I've read in what seems like ages, it's also one of the best fantasy novels I've ever picked up. After my reading hiatus, I can't put this one down!
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adoré !
January 14th, 2015
Un livre excellent avec une magie encore jamais vu ailleurs. J'ai très hâte de connaitre la suite! Les personnage ne demandent qu'à être mieux connu.
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The Name of the Wind
October 27th, 2014
Wonderful story. The pace is good and the characters interesting. Use of temporal swings adds colour and depth to the story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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Wow
October 1st, 2014
I'm so glad that my daughter introduced me to this book . I'm in awe of the writing.
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Favourite modern fantasy!
September 27th, 2014
One of the most interesting fantasy books I have ever read. Distinguishes it's self from other fantasy books by not so much focusing on the epic quest or the impending end of the world but on characters. Please do your self a favor and read this book, as both a lover of fantasy and literature I cannot recommend it enough.
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Name of the Wind
September 26th, 2014
Wow. Beautifully written. The words are like flowing poetry that gently and gracefully carry the story along.
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Fabulous book
September 12th, 2014
I have not read a book of this high quality for several years. I put this first book on the same pedestal as a Lord of The Rings or Elric and his black soul stealing sword. It is an awesome read and recommend it to anyone who loves high fantasy combined with a grim realism that makes it all come live. Anybody could write a fop that magic missiles the dark but this was a woven tapestry of the highest quality.
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Name of the wind
September 11th, 2014
Best book I've ever read... I've been waiting more than a year for the third book to come out.
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Awesome
September 10th, 2014
Read the book twice and still can't gat enough of it.
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The Name of the Wind
September 7th, 2014
I love it I can't wait till I get the next one
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August 19th, 2014
Awesome. Love the writing style.
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Excellent.
August 6th, 2014
Couldn't put it down.
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One of the best...
July 22nd, 2014
Without question this Is some of the best writing I've encountered,,, the epic tale spun by a peerless story teller... Read this book... I couldn't put it down...
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Awesome
July 18th, 2014
Really enjoyed the flow of the book
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The name of the wind
July 16th, 2014
This book was awesome. My first time reading Patrick Rothfuss. I love how poetic his words are and how they make the images flow through your mind. I health greatly recommend this book.
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Great!
May 31st, 2014
This book is nice, not as down to earth as Game of thrones but has a little more magic in the world, and let's you get in and close with the hero.
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Great read
May 26th, 2014
Couldn't put the book down.
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The Story of a Humble Innkeeper
April 19th, 2014
When the Chronicler first sat down to record the true story of Kvothe, he could hardly have known what he was getting himself into. From his youth as a trouper to his first year at University, Kvothe gets into more trouble than seems humanly possible. And as the tale unfolds, perhaps all those tales are closer to the truth than anyone could have expected.
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Subversive
April 14th, 2014
A world I would love to visit many times
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March 30th, 2014
Although the main character was very egotistical i enjoyed this book...however I did find the last quarter of the book dragged on a little
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Good stuff
March 7th, 2014
My god what a fantastic book this was
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Good book
February 27th, 2014
Took awhile to get going, but turns into a great read if you're patient enough.
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February 24th, 2014
Whether or not this is your first fantasy book or you've been a long time fan of the fantasy genre, this book will easily become one of your favorites.
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February 21st, 2014
I was really impressed with this story. The main character is easy to adore. I just loved every moment of this book. It was a wonderful story and I already finished the second book. I cannot wait until the 3rd one comes out.
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February 14th, 2014
This is without a doubt the most masterfully-written fantasy novel I have ever read. Rothfuss' writing is incredibly vivid and efficient. I found myself marvelling at the way in which his prose could be evocative and yet unobtrusive: if you pay attention to it, the level of detail strikes you as the perfect balance of depth and pace; if you don't, it slips into the background effortlessly, allowing the reader to become absorbed in the story. While this genre seems to have been done to death, Rothfuss almost teases the reader with something that hints at familiarity - to the point where I found myself predicting the next turn of events - but then turns it on its head into something new and unexpected. This results in a simultaneous deeper engagement in the plot and a small delight in the surprise. Read it. Then read Wise Man's Fear (not quite tNotW's equal), and wait in anticipation for the third book to be finished.
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1 person found this helpful
January 28th, 2014
Honestly, one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Impossible to put down and completely immersive, a must read.
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January 28th, 2014
A fantastic story that I couldn't put down. Towards the end of the book I was reading slower to make it last longer, but had to keep reading to find out how it ends. The second in the series was a must
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January 28th, 2014
A very interesting, captivating and certainly entertaining fantasy novel. The ambientation is somewhat unique as well as the events, as they seem to be centred in times of peace, with the main character researching and learning rather than fighting the war that goes on in the background. An all-around awesome fantasy novel
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January 26th, 2014
overall it was very exciting fantasy novel which at at times i couldn't put down. A faster paced fantasy novel that kept me wondering what was gonna happen next.
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January 26th, 2014
A very good, well-written fantasy series. The main character, Kvothe, shows distinct change and maturation based on his experiences and characters he interacts with. The author has an immense grasp of characters, narrative, and storytelling. There is never a dull moment in this series, and I can't stress enough that it is a worthwhile read!
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
January 26th, 2014
Remote inkeeper Kvothe tells his own life story (even though he is still relatively young himself). The story of a young orphan who uses his wits and intelligence to enter the University and builds the basis of the story of a name that would become known around the world. A very entertaining read - definitely one of the best fantasy novels of recent years.
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Beautiful and lyrical
January 25th, 2014
Poetry disguised as a fantasy book
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January 25th, 2014
We're reading this book for our book club, and I must say I'm glad. It is not a book I'd normally pick up, so I was pleasantly surprised. It is basically Harry Potter for adults. The storyline is interesting, there is a great mix of characters, fusion of magic and everyday life, and so many emotions. I can't say I'd read it in two/three days like some other reviewers, but the story does stay with me and I look forward to continuing on. Patrick Rothfuss is a good writer, and has good ear for language. Some of the expressions do seem odd, this only adds to the charm though, making the sentences poetry-like. All in all, if you like good literature, a good story, and are not completely opposed to science fiction, read this book!
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January 25th, 2014
The best fantasy book... well, ever. For those weary of the familiar fantasy tropes and looking for something to renew their love of the genre. It's clever, funny, and beautifully written. Don't be off-put by the Fabio-esque cover that or the summary that sounds like it was written by someone who didn't read it. I honestly don't know how to express how much I love this book. "High action", "legendary school of magic" and even "wizard" are terrible words to describe this book. And don't let Kvothe hear you call him a "poet". The University in this book has more in common with Harvard than Hogwarts, and while Kvothe's life is a sight more exciting than mine the book moves at a comfortable pace giving you a true story about a man's life not a whirlwind of battles and adventures expected of "hero" and "wizard". "Masterpiece" and "gifted young man" ring true. The worldbuilding is beautiful and subtle. If you are looking for a Tolkien epic rehash, look elsewhere. It has the bones of the tales we know; young boy seeking revenge discovers a secret magic. But it's everything else that really matters. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. Patrick Rothfuss is a genius. HOWEVER, if you don't like waiting for sequels, again look elsewhere. I read this book for the first time in 2008 and I'm still waiting for the last book. To find out how it ends, i would wait another 6 years, and then another 50. In short; it's fantastic. Its amazing. Read it.
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January 24th, 2014
Fantastic book, great from start to finish, original concept beautifully executed. Can't wait for the third to come out!
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January 24th, 2014
A friend got this for me for my birthday. I was hesitant at first because my to read list is already so long and I would've preferred a book I already planned on reading. However, I was hooked on the book once I began reading. The narrator, Kvothe, is an exciting and intriguing protagonist, and the author paints pictures with his language. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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January 24th, 2014
My introduction into fantasy novels - I couldn't put it down!
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January 24th, 2014
Fantastic series! This is a true adventure, fantasy story with a main character I fell in love with from the start. Not for the faint of heart, these are big, meaty books that will suck you in and take over your life for a while.
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A very engaging read
January 22nd, 2014
It took me a little while for me to warm up to the story but once it began to move into the university I was hooked. Great characters, original world, genuine pathos. A bit flowery at times but this aspect is cleverly naturalized as part of Kvothe's narration. Overall a very enjoyable read.
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Day 1 - The Kingkiller
December 25th, 2013
Patrick Dreyfuss -Master Story Teller :)
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Long and boring despite rave reviews
December 10th, 2013
Well the high scores on reviews across many sites led me to try this book. Quite frankly it is long and boring, although i persevered through hundreds of pages nothing really happens. Every time a little momentum is built and you feel the plot is getting somewhere, that little light is drowned out by endless rambling. Books i enjoyed are joe abercrombie s first law trilogy and stand alones, jim butcher s dresden files, brett s the warded man etc if you like fast paced intelligent books you stay away from this one.
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A old theme told very well!!!!!
November 5th, 2013
Good book. You will definitely want to read it again.
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The Name of the Wind-Day One
October 31st, 2013
Very well written with great character depth and settings you can taste and smell. The safety and security of a child prodigy is destroyed in the course of one traumatic evening leaving him to quest for answers to burning questions. He shows normal enormous dedication and resources as he is left with almost nothing but his wits to make his way to a University where he feels answers await. It is a long difficult journey and his destination is fraught with new and seemingly impossible obstacles. Throw in some members of the Fae, an arch enemy, a beautiful woman, powerful evil demons and a tendency to behave as the young man he is and an entertaining tale unfolds. Rich with color and many twists and turns a reader is captured and looks forward to book three.
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4 of 4 people found this helpful
October 11th, 2013
Incredible. Absolutely incredible. This is the first book in years that has made me want to abandon most everything in my day to day life and read.
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October 4th, 2013
Can't wait for more.
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October 4th, 2013
Read this huge book in 3 days--- a page turner! My only quibble is with his use of the construction " a couple days" or anything else where he should have written " a couple OF". This may be an Americanism.
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October 4th, 2013
The quality of the writing and the depth of imagination set this series apart from the rest of the genre. Rothfuss is a compelling story teller. My only complaint is that Book III has taken so long to come out, but I guess you can't rush perfection.
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October 4th, 2013
When I first picked up this book and found it covered a single "day," I thought it was way too long. When I put it down, it was way too short. Appropriate for teens and older, the story of Kvothe's early years as a child thief and later a student. But far more than a simple coming of age novel, this fantasy is filled with action, magic, good and evil, and the need for ethical decisions. A terrific cast of well developed characters and a distinct voice. The best fantasy published so far this century, in my opinion.
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October 4th, 2013
I enjoyed this book so much I gave out 5 copies as Christmas gifts as soon as I finished it, then hounded the recipients to hurry up and read it so we could discuss!
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October 4th, 2013
My favorite fantasy after Harry Potter. It's definitely worth reading and rereading.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
October 4th, 2013
I was sucked in from the very first and as the main character told his story, I couldn't put it down. It dragged in a few places later in the book but repeatedly caught my attention back. I am now reading the sequel and enjoying that, too.
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October 4th, 2013
Excellent story. Unique perspective on magic. Well rounded characters and a convincing development of a new world.
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October 4th, 2013
The adventure is compelling, the details of the story vivid, scenes nicely described. In the hands of a master, the sf&f series is alive and well. Each more spellbinding than the last.
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October 4th, 2013
Love this book! Not much more I can say about it than that. Kvothe is a fascinating character and the tale of his life is nothing short of spellbinding.
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Very good
October 2nd, 2013
At first I was alittle skeptical to read the book, but the author proved me dead wrong. I've always loved epic fantasy but this book didn't seem to contain enough magic/fantasy at a first glance so it took me a while to get here, and must admit it's a marvelous piece of writing. The author keeps the suspension nicely by breaking up the story telling thay kote is reciting to the scripe by adding chapters with natural interruptions. The main story itself is well written and doesn't lean too heavily on the traditional untouchable hero that we are so accustomed to. Anyway read it and hopefully ull be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
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September 30th, 2013
The mythology and world of this book is very deep, no allusion is ever shallow or tacked on and forgotten. The narrative structure is also compelling, each switch in time is bittersweet, as you are pulled from the past to the present but wanting to continue the thread. As you resume the alternate thread you recall what was happening before you were pulled, just as unwillingly, to the other storyline. One of my favorite books over the years.
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Amazing!
September 8th, 2013
Definitely the best epic fantasy book I've read in years! Bought the sequel instantly after I finished this book.
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The Name of the Wind
August 28th, 2013
Excellent book. Masterfully written, can't hardly wait to start the next one.
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The Name of the Wind
August 5th, 2013
Steller, fav Fantasy!! Day 2 is also outstanding, can't wait for day 3!!!
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The Name of the Wind
July 7th, 2013
Quite simply one of the best novels I've read in years. Not just the best of fantasy novels I've read, of all novels. The writer has a unique style that is very character driven but also brings to mind the classical forms of fairy tales, extended into an epic like a Norse myth. Absolutely beautiful, filled with wisdom and wit.
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Great Story
June 6th, 2013
Came across this book accidentally - glad I did! Good story, good pace and interesting characters.
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Good read
May 31st, 2013
Very well written and kept me turning pages
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Good book
April 24th, 2013
Remarkably well written, with witty dialogue and description. I would have wished for a more full plot, but there are other books for that.
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Brilliant
April 7th, 2013
Best Fantasy book I've read in years
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Fantastic
April 7th, 2013
I love the style of writing. It is a bit verbose but he definitely kept my interest and has kept me guessing if Kothe is the real deal or making everything up.
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The name of the wind
April 5th, 2013
What an amazing story and a wonderful read. It's been a long while since I read a book this good.
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The name of the wind
March 12th, 2013
Couldn't put it down. The weave of plot and themes, it was great.
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Great read
February 25th, 2013
Couldn't put the book down, excellent read!
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Breath taking
January 10th, 2013
By far my favorite book ever written.
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