The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

Book rating: 05 Paperback Kingkiller Chronicles

By (author) Patrick Rothfuss

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  • Publisher: DAW BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 46mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0756404746
  • ISBN 13: 9780756404741
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 355

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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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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 2007 Quill Award winner and 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 also appeared on NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and "Locus"' Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com.

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By Bart 19 Oct 2014 5

One of the best fantasy books i've ever read! Definitely a book that stands strong between J.J.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan and J.K. Rowling. Highly recommended!

By Johann Roache 25 Apr 2014 5

By far my favourite book I've read. If your into fantasy this is a must read!

By Hagai Yanai 31 Dec 2013 5

Finally a solid fantasy novel. Patrick Rothfuss has all the necessary elements of an excellent story teller. I can only hope the following books in the series will be half as good

By Stephanie Vandenbroucke 25 Nov 2013 5

I've never read anything like this! Patrick's style of writing is wholly unprecedented in my experience. Definitely read this book if you like fantasy, magic, mystery,... While reading, the taleteller keeps you fascinated by keeping you in the dark on the whole, but shedding just a bit of light on part of the puzzle at exactly the right times. It's tragic, funny, horrifying, touching and fascinating at the same time.

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"Refreshingly Nimble and Off-Beat. . . a finely-tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic."