The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
(Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)

85%

40 Critic Reviews

The early parts of the book, especially the beginning at the Waystone Inn and then the time Kvothe spends on the streets of Tarbean, dragged a little for me. But the vast majority of the book was greatly involving and entertaining... it is a terrific novel and one I can easily see myself rereading.
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Synopsis

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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Patrick Rothfuss nació y vive en Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Fue profesor adjunto de lengua y literatura inglesa en la universidad local. El éxito de su primera novela, El nombre del viento, primer volumen de la trilogía Crónica del Asesino de Reyes, le ha permitido dedicarse exclusivamente a escribir. Se ha traducido a veinticinco lenguas, se publica en más de treinta países y se considera el debut más fulgurante en literatura fantástica de los últimos años. Obtuvo el premio Quill al mejor libro de literatura fantástica. Amazon lo seleccionó entre sus diez «joyas ocultas» de 2007. En Alemania fue galardonado con el premio a la mejor novela de literatura fantástica en 2009. El temor de un hombre sabio, la continuación de El nombre del viento, se publicó en marzo de 2011 en el mundo anglosajón. Debutó la primera semana de su lanzamiento en el n.o 1 de The New York Times y en el n.o 2 de The London Times, y fue libro recomendado del mes en Amazon, donde era uno de los títulos más vendidos desde un mes antes de su publicación. Patrick Rothfuss está empezando a revisar y trabajar en la tercera entrega, provisionalmente titulada The Doors of Stone (Las puertas de piedra). www.patrickrothfuss.com www.lahistoriadekvothe.com
 
Published January 1, 2007 by DAW. 676 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Name of the Wind
All: 40 | Positive: 39 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 26 2015

The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution...As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing.

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Janine on Mar 09 2011

The early parts of the book, especially the beginning at the Waystone Inn and then the time Kvothe spends on the streets of Tarbean, dragged a little for me. But the vast majority of the book was greatly involving and entertaining... it is a terrific novel and one I can easily see myself rereading.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Bowman on Apr 05 2007

The Name Of The Wind is quite simply the best fantasy novel of the past 10 years...Fantasy is often considered an adolescent medium, but there's nothing juvenile about Kvothe or his story...the aura of tragedy that hovers over this bright, crowded coming-of-age tale conveys a fully mature world-weariness and loss of hope.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Brian Prisco on Dec 01 2008

Kvothe’s pursuit of Denna is the only reason to read the series. He captures what it’s like to pine for someone, to feel the sting of young love’s rejection...It’s wonderful, and it totally makes the novel worthwhile. And as Kvothe admits, the story is about a woman. So fortunately, there will much of Denna in the novels...

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Stefan Raets on Sep 19 2011

...one of the strongest fantasy debuts of the last decade or so, and a novel I can’t recommend enough to everyone who enjoys fantasy and to many people who usually don’t. It’s high adventure, grand drama and sweeping romance, all told by one of the most memorable and entertaining characters to appear in the fantasy genre in, well, forever.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Jo Walton on Jan 12 2010

It’s very good. There’s nothing that’s as enjoyable as reading a really good long fantasy with a really absorbing world and a great voice. What Rothfuss does so brilliantly here is to produce a variation on a theme that’s absorbing and intelligent.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Mark Flanagan on Apr 30 2013

Rothfuss' debut is as well-crafted as many in the literary ouvre, but some will pass it up simply because of the magical elements...what constitutes magic in The Name of the Wind is so well-conceived and presented by the author that it becomes easy for the reader to accept as an aspect of the physical laws of the world in which it is set.

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Patheos

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff Miller on Jul 21 2012

The plotting and the story are good enough and the magic system is solid enough...What mainly sets this novel apart is the writing. The prose is not quite poetical, but close. I quite enjoyed the way he used words and how descriptive he could be. The writing really draws you into the story.

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SFX

Excellent
Reviewed by Saxon Bullock on Sep 26 2007

Pacy, witty and entertaining without getting bogged down by excessive description, The Name of the Wind is a rattling read that steers clear of the darker, more gothic edges of heroic fantasy, but doesn’t hold back from delivering violence and emotional shocks.

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Murphreesboro Pulse

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Beth Payne on Mar 06 2013

The story within a story setting is bewitching, lulling the reader into another age where stories are woven and sung in front of roaring fires...Creative types will appreciate Rothfuss’ view of the artist and muse throughout the book, and all lovers of a good story need only let Kvothe weave his yarn to revel in the words, the songs, and the wind.

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Game Industry News

Good
Reviewed by Michael Blaker on Nov 12 2014

The book is divided into two timelines: the first in the present, described in third person; the second in protagonist Kvothe’s past, narrated by Kvothe himself...The cast of characters introduced in this first book is amazing...If you haven’t given this book a read you really need to.

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OneMetal

Good
Reviewed by William Owen on May 01 2012

it’s a classic Fantasy novel, with all the Heroes, magic, dragons and demons; it’s just that its so wonderfully well written...To its credit characters are believable and there are no grating moments where things suddenly appear contrived or forced, however this dose tend to make events a little predictable in places...

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SciFi Mafia

Excellent
Reviewed by Brandon Johnston on Feb 15 2012

There are so many things that make Rothfuss’ book one of the best I’ve read in the last decade...His storytelling is beautiful without coming off as lofty and insincere, with pacing that engages you from start to finish. His approach to magic is original, even logical and his world building is masterful.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Joshua S Hill on May 03 2015

Patrick Rothfuss is, in my opinion, one of the better storytellers around at the moment. Too early in the game to give him full marks or list him amongst the nobility of fantasy, but his place there is almost assured. Rarely do you find yourself taken out of the story, and no serious lack of writing skill can even be guessed at, let alone found.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Aug 31 2014

This is only “day one” of the story of the life of Kvothe, but if you are like me and hundreds of other rabid fans in the readosphere, you will not be able to wait to start the next book, The Wise Man’s Fear, which picks up with day two of Kvothe’s story. Can this one be read as a standalone? Sure, but I bet you can’t read just one…

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Nicki on Sep 07 2008

The writing ranges from inconspicuous to nicely poetic, the story moves through its 700 pages without dragging, and the characters are well-built and sympathetic...For fantasy fans: Read it...For non-fantasy fans: I don’t know that this book would be my first pick for an entré into the genre, but it also wouldn’t be a terrible choice...

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The Book Smugglers

Excellent
Reviewed by Ana on May 04 2009

The story itself is tremendously interesting. There are mysteries within mysteries, stories within stories, all relating to the Chandrian and to Kvothe’s parents...So there you have it: good writing of an amazing hero’s journey and an in-depth world building.

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Jun 06 2011

The Name of the Wind is a stellar marriage of the traditional bildungsroman and traditional fantasy; I’m utterly astonished by the fact that this Rothfuss’ first novel...But ultimately, what I liked about The Name of the Wind was the emphasis on stories; how stories make us, change us, and help us.

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Above average
on Aug 25 2012

The Name of the Wind is an entertaining bildungsroman, but it’s also the first book in a planned trilogy. Inescapably the entire novel is given over to setting up Kvothe’s adventures to come...On finishing the novel you will have found yourself committed to the series; just letting it drop will not be a viable option.

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Good
on Nov 01 2009

In one of the most remarkable fantasy debuts ever, Patrick Rothfuss joins the celebrated ranks of Martin, Erikson, and Tolkien as one of the master tale-spinners...This is one tale you do not want to miss. The sequel, which is now out, is also a very good read!

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Fantasy Faction

Good
Reviewed by KJ Braxton on Dec 04 2013

Are you ready for adventure, magic and drug fuelled dragons? Come sit down with Kvothe and get consumed in his world. The blurb alone is enough to convince anyone to read this book...The ending is ominous and without doubt leaves you eager for more...Without doubt it is one of the great fantasy novels of our time.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
Reviewed by Marc Aplin on Mar 11 2011

There has not been a book over the last decade that has brought about as much response as Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind...Reading this book is similar to reading poetry. It is written in the first person...it is descriptive and the words literally seem to flow...So let me finish by telling you that you have to read this book.

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SF Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Antony Jones. on Mar 12 2010

Patrick Rothfuss is quite clearly a master story teller, this novel has that magic hook that keeps you reading to the very end...The Name of the Wind is an incredible novel and Patrick Rothfuss spins a believable, plausible story rich with character and depth, priceless and one of my all time favourite novels.

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SF Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Thomas M. Wagner on May 01 2007

With vivid characterizations, some artfully timed suspense, ample wit...The Name of the Wind is good enough for me to recommend despite reservations. You will find a story that is, on balance, solid entertainment, by a writer who is quite likely to become a major name in the field once he's smoothed over his rough edges.

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Between The Covers

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Oct 24 2011

The Name of the Wind is a good story and a real page turner. It is interesting without being dense, which makes it much easier on the mind where visuals are concerned...I would recommend this book to any fan of the fantasy genre or to anyone who might be looking for their first fantasy read...

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Fantasy Book Critic

Above average
Reviewed by Robert on Apr 04 2007

For a novel that comes in at almost 700 pages, “The Name of the Wind” was a very fast read for me. Sure, it took a little bit to get into the story, which really only took off once Kvothe began his narrative...but for the most part I was inextricably hooked to “The Name of the Wind” and was quite disappointed when I came to its end.

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Estella's Revenge

Good
Reviewed by Andi on Jun 11 2014

This is a chunk at 600+ pages, but it was also one of the most thoroughly immersive stories I've read in a long time. Patrick Rothfuss has a deep and abiding reverence for stories and storytelling, and that love saturates every page of this novel...As for the writing, I loved it.

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Above average
Reviewed by Dustin Kenall on May 01 2008

...the work is an achievement, especially from a first-time writer. The true measure of its worth, however, lies in the promise of things yet to come from Rothfuss, a budding journeyman with the potential of becoming a master storyteller.

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Val's Random Comments

Good
Reviewed by Val on Jan 25 2011

The Name of the Wind is one of those books that capture that sense of adventure many are looking for in a fantasy novel...I do think Rothfuss has managed to create a character that will keep the reader turning pages for the full trilogy.

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The Wertzone

Good
Reviewed by Adam Whitehead on May 01 2007

What is unusual and somewhat refreshing about the story is its relaxed feel. There are moments of high drama, of confrontations and skirmishes and terror...The writing is very crisp and clear, with rich detail and some vivid characters...I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of...good, solid epic fantasy in general.

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So Many Books

Above average
Reviewed by Stefanie on Feb 02 2015

Now, if you decide to read this book you should know that this is one of those stories where the first hundred pages are slow going...The writing is at times a bit uneven...Once the momentum gets going the writing improves too and everything eventually clicks together for a great fun read...

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Book Monkey

Excellent
Reviewed by Emma on Mar 22 2011

Rothfuss has created a magical world with its own history and folklore...I do believe Rothfuss has achieved something incredible – something that will stay with you for a very long time, and for me, it is definitely up there with the works of Tolkien. I am in awe of his imagination and creativity as a writer

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Escape in a Book

Good
Reviewed by Mari on Aug 25 2010

Patrick Rothfuss has written a brilliant fantasy novel, and it has to be the best debut I've read. Rothfuss sure knows how to tell a great story! There's not much I want to tell you about the story, this is a book it is best not to know all that much before you pick it up.

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Walker of Worlds

Good
Reviewed by Steve Aryan on Jan 15 2011

I was captivated by Rothfuss’ writing, his imagination and how he adds in small details, and creates myths, folk songs and nursery rhymes that make his world feel realistic and not just slapped together so he can press on with the adventure...Despite the length of the book I read it pretty quickly as I was keen to know what happened next.

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Walker of Worlds

Good
Reviewed by Mark on Jun 24 2009

It certainly delivered everything a good story should, and touted as the first book of the Kingkiller Chronicles (or to be exact: day 1), it did everything I expected the first volume should offer...All I can do is let you know that this is a novel that I would recommend without hesitation and is a must read of the genre.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Sondra Eklund on Jan 31 2012

Then I started reading, and right away the language pulled me in. The book has the feel of a true epic, of something sweeping and important...This was the sort of book that I told everybody about while I was reading it. Now I’ll urge my website readers. This book is unforgettable. Read it!

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Horror Drive-In

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Sieber on May 01 2014

Needless to say, I highly recommend THE NAME OF THE WIND to everyone. That’s right, not just the fantasy readers, but everyone. While there is a little magic, and even a dragon, this isn’t your typical fantasy novel. The story is more concerned with the characters and their relationships than delving into your typical sword and sorcery tropes.

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Good
Reviewed by Kathleen Bartholomew on Apr 26 2015

The Name of The Wind is a major fantasy novel, this is a brilliant debut...Rothfuss's is a detailed and well-realized world, owing no debts to anyone else's imagination. The basic plots are, well, basic indeed: Good versus Evil...His prose has authority and weight and yet can ascend to the lyrical. And it is captivating from page one.

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SMZb

Good
Reviewed by Chris Hawks on Mar 29 2011

...I began rereading TNotW almost exactly a year to the day of my first read. And I loved it just as much this time...So, not perfect, but pretty darn fantastic all the same. If you at all consider yourself a fan of fantasy novels, this is about as close to “must-read” as they come.

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Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Feb 04 2015

The opening lines are full of bravado and mystery. I was bothered by some of the trite, over-used analogies in the opening pages, but it seemed to improve as Kvothe began to tell his own story...Once he arrived in Tarbean the rythmn of the tale changed, becoming very slow. Even so, I am giving it a solid 3 stars.

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