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The Name of the Wind
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The Name of the Wind


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.

Title:The Name of the Wind
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:662 pages
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  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Apr 16, 2008

    This is why I love fantasy so much. After a recent string of okay fantasy novels, a couple of good ones but nothing to get really excited about, I've rediscovered my passion thanks to this book. I'm s...

  • Rob
    Nov 29, 2011

    I have no interest in imagining I'm someone who is stronger, deadlier, smarter, sexier, etc. than myself - a famed hero in a milqtoast world little different from modern North America. I read fantasy ...

  • Patrick
    Feb 19, 2008

    I kinda liked this book. But my opinion on the matter probably shouldn't be trusted.... ...

  • Mark Lawrence
    Sep 24, 2011

    I'll give this 5* with no begrudging. I'm pretty easy with my 5*, they're not reserved for the best book I've ever read, just very good books. I thought The Name of the Wind was "very good". I read it...

  • Ian
    Apr 27, 2010

    I'm sorry, Mr. Rothfuss. For realz, actual sorry. Honestly. I tried giving your book two stars out of pity, since I so wanted to like it and I'd feel bad about giving it one star and dragging down you...

  • Petrik
    Mar 26, 2017

    4.5/5 StarsAs an avid adult fantasy reader, out of all books that I’ve been recommended to, Name of the Wind has always been recommended to me the most. Google, Goodreads, book reviewing sites, 9gag...

  • Samantha
    Jul 26, 2014

    I have so many unanswered questions and I'm not even mad about it. ...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Feb 12, 2013

    Upon this second reading, I've come to the conclusion that the audiobook for this isn't the greatest. SO, if you're reading it for the first time I INSIST that you read the actual book. 100% the best ...

  • Allison (The Allure of Books)
    Mar 09, 2009

    Originally posted here.This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you until you give in and give it a go.One of the reviews ...

  • j
    Jan 28, 2010

    I must preface this review by stating that my experience with fantasy is somewhat limited: the Harry Potter books, George R.R. Martin, a dozen scattered other novels and series. The more of it I read,...