The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One The Kingkiller Chronicle #1

Hardcover, 661 pages

English language

Published April 7, 2007 by DAW Books, Inc., Distributed by Penguin Group (USA) Inc..

ISBN:
978-0-7564-0407-9
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OCLC Number:
937783492

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4 stars (344 reviews)

"The tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages, you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But this book is so much more, for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend"--From publisher description.

42 editions

Parte sotto le aspettative ma...

5 stars

Onestamente non mi aspettavo molto dopo i primi capitoli, le premesse (che non spoilero) parevano un po' banali e scontate, in realtà la storia è un crescendo continuo, emozionante e commuovente a tratti. Ho trovato interessantissime anche le diserzioni dell'autore sul worldbuilding in chiusura del libro, cosa che non può che mettere in luce il lavoro di impalcatura che sta dietro alla storia, talmente ben fatto che non ti accorgi della sua esistenza finché qualcuno non te lo fa notare. Parto subito con il secondo, ben sapendo che purtroppo il terzo libro della trilogia è disperso da anni.

Interesting world, lack of women

3 stars

Really interesting world that serves as the backdrop to the standard "I'm a child prodigy and I know best" main character. Huge lack of female characters. Am left wanting to know more about the world, less about the main character. Will not get the next book due to the 3rd not being out and not looking like it will be out for some time (if ever).

Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

No rating

Og der fikk jeg også lest denne. Jeg gikk til den med høye forventninger, men de ble bare delvis innfridd. Det er lett å engasjere i seg i verden og historien, men jeg klarte ikke helt å få sansen for hovedpersonen/fortelleren Kvothe. Unge Kvothe (som man stort sett følger) er selvgod og arrogant, og i tillegg er han best i alt mulig. Bøker om unge menn på eventyr er vel ofte slik. En rammefortelling med den eldre Kvothe som forteller om sin fortid, gjør at boka har et hakket mer reflektert forhold til disse klisjeene. Men ikke et særlig stort hakk, for den eldre Kvothe forteller en nøye regissert versjon av sin egen historie, og den bærer nå preg av de samme (litt irriterende) personlighetstrekka. Jaja.

Men det er jo noe med disse historiene om supertalentene som møter og overvinner motstand, jeg leser engasjert videre selv om jeg irriterer meg. …

Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Es un libro lento y pesado. Me costó unos cuantos episodios interesarme por la historia, pero luego me enganchó.

Por suerte era consciente de que se trataba del principio de una saga, porque no termina. Me he quedado un poco planchado al ver que, después de tantas páginas y tantos días leyendo las aventuras del protagonista, termina con un “Continuará.” En mi opinión, aunque se trate de una saga, cada libro debería cerrar al menos una parte importante de la trama.

Con todo, tengo ganas de seguir leyendo la Crónica del Asesino de Reyes para descubrir todos los entresijos.

Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Interesting, but at times frustrating.

I like the writing style, as it is quite heterogenous. It goes from straightforward recounting of events all the way to prosaic, and back; it jumps between perspectives and between „reality“ and myth.

It‘s also a masterpiece in world building. Rothfuss built one of the most interesting and believable fantasy worlds I have seen.

That way, the book never gets too boring even when there is no progress in the main plot - which happens a lot.

My main gripe with the book is just that - I got quite frustrated and impatient at times when there doesn’t seem to be any forward motion for a while. However, the reader is then regularly rewarded by intricately recounted events featuring new aspects of the well designed world.

My secondary gripe is the total absence of strong female characters; women only seem to exist as partners or …

Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This novel was a bit better than my 3 star rating but not good enough for 4 stars. Oh well. It is fairly 'typical' of the genre in its theme, characters and content. There is nothing very notable that would justify its hefty weight and publication as a fantasy behemoth; and I do mean behemoth. At nearly 900 pages, reading this novel is akin to slogging through a James Michener novel. I found it peculiar that a fair number of pages at the end were devoted to selling the remainder of the series. I'm not certain I'm up for more.

Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars


In-Genre Rating: 7
Global Rating: 6
Reading Fun: 6.5

While I certainly see why this generated the hype it generated, it still has a lot of the typical shortcomings of YA fantasy. Or maybe that is the point, to be an archetype of that genre. It does that well certainly: There is a lot of unexpected facets and positively crazy ideas. Sadly, there are also quite a few paper thin characters or scenes where people fall out of there character in the name of humor or tension. The worldbuilding cannot handle too much thinking about it, and literary fanciness is a bit intrusive at times.Apart from a few exceptions, it will however captivate you and thus remain a worthy read of the genre.




Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This book isn’t bad. It also isn’t very good (pace Rothfuss fans). I came away from it feeling ambivalent: I didn’t hate it! I even liked some parts! But I also don’t care if I ever read the sequel or if the third book in the series is ever actually published. But I might read them?

It’s all very confusing.

Part of the problem is the blatant cribbing from Harry Potter. Fantasy writers are notorious and obvious borrowers: Jordan borrowed from Tolkien; Terry Brooks borrowed from Tolkien; Islington borrowed from both Tolkien and Jordan. It’s not unheard of. But to write a book in 2007 about a boy who discovers he is “special” and who is packed of to wizard school is...I mean....come on now.

(I say this as someone who has never and probably won’t ever read the Potter books.)

(I fully admit that a second part of …

Review of 'El Nombre del Viento' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm struggling to find a proper rate for this. It looks like the typical fantasy tale of a Gary Stu who can solve anything, do anything without caring about the consequences. Up to some point it is like that, but the approach of the narrator is new for me and at the end I enjoyed the tale. It is important to keep in mind that this book came after the Fantasy teenage fever of early 2000s. It is easy to find resemblances and things we already seen in other books. So I think that 3 stars is more than fair for this. I liked it and I think I'll give a chance to the sequels.

Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I trouped, traveled, loved, lost, trusted and was betrayed.

When you look in to recommended fantasy stories The Kingkiller Chronicle is usually at the top. I knew I was going to like the series but held off on starting because I didn't want to start another series and wait for years for it to complete. That argument loses steam when applied to ASOIAF or Stormlight Archives so I have thrown caution to the wind and am reading what will probably be an instant favorite of mine.

Things we understand we an try to control.

From the beginning the story flowed casually and the prose wasn't a challenge. The way Kvothe laid the groundwork and foundation for his story was masterfully down. I knew Kvothe survived in any situation he faced in his youth but I was still captivated. I was eager to return to Name of the Wind and read …

Review of 'The Name of the Wind' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

It's been a long time since I've read a book like this. When I was in high school I read quite a bit of [a:David Eddings|8732|David Eddings|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1223870462p2/8732.jpg] work. While I can't compare works, there was a feeling--something of magic, of growth, exploration, education. A mystery to be solved and great works to be had. This took me to that feeling, that place and I really had a good time there. I am a sucker for magic, theory crafted worlds, and secrets.

A world with old stories. Old magic. New magics. Names that control. Sleeping minds that know. Petty arguments and dramas to unfold. All narrated from the present to the past with a host of characters to keep you busy. It's not too heavy in the GMRR fashion but it's not bubble gum either.

Lastly, I must add I had a real love for the way language was used. It …

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