The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss


Book 1 of 'The Kingkiller Chronicle'

ISBN - 978-0-7564-0474-1
PAGES - 722
BINDING - Paperback
GENRE - Fantasy

AUTHOR - Patrick Rothfuss

BEST-SELLERS - debut novel


I have stolen princesses back from the sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left  with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival , a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

I knew the shape of stories. When a young couple comes to a river there is a definite shape to what will happen next. Denna would bathe on the other side of the nearby fir tree, out of sight on a sandy bit of shore. I would move off a discrete distance, out of sight, but within easy talking distance. Then...something would happen. She would slip and turn her ankle, or cut her foot on a sharp stone, and I'd be forced to rush over. And then...

But this was not a story of two young lovers meeting by the river. So I splashed some water on my face and changed into my clean shirt behind a tree. Denna dipped her head in the water to cool off. Her glistening hair was dark as ink until she wrung it out with her hands.

Then we sat on a stone, dandling our feet in the water and enjoying each other's company as we rested. We shared an apple, passing it back and forth between bites, which is close to kissing, if you've never kissed before.

FL Speaks -
A Brilliant Brilliant fantasy debut. When you want to become a fantasy author, there is no greater way to start than by conjuring up a best-selling debut novel. Patrick Rothfuss, with "The Name of The Wind" delivered all the right hits making him instantly the most sought after fantasy reader after 1 book.

And thus begins "The Name of The Wind", a tale so gripping, you'd be hard pressed not to beg for more. A tale of bravery, mystery, magic, romance and fear begins with a child, Kote, who becomes a legend, both feared and respected, hunted and worshiped.

It all begins when the Chronicler visits a bar only to find the owner Kvothe, living under an alias, away from the world. The Chronicler determined to find the truth behind the legend begs Kvothe to tell his tale. And Book 1 is the tale of Kvothe, through his eyes.

The tale takes you to his childhood where he finds his family murdered by the Chandrian and his hunt for the dark power begins hereafter. At an age when other children live their lives as children, Kvothe is begging for food, stealing from others to survive another night. His uncanny quest for knowledge and a gifted mind takes him to the University to become an Arcanist after he saw someone call the name of the wind and the wind came to his whims.

The University!!! Its like reading Dumbledore attending college. Full of humor, fun, romance, punishments, bravado and enmity.
Yes, there is a villain in the university, a brilliant teacher, two good friends, a teacher who hates Kvothe and seemingly endless plots of making life trouble for himself. And ofcourse, a girl, in the nearby town, who is as elusive as he is shy. The romance is spellbinding. No, its not electrifying like a certain Cullen boy and an equally naive Bella chick. What this romance has is uncertainty, a mutual understanding and innumerable episodes of goofing perfectly good things up.

You'll love this book. Patrick Rothfuss fuses the science of physics and chemistry with sorcery. Day 1 ends with Kvothe saving a nearby town and searching for his Denna. Patrick Rothfuss has declared that this will be a trilogy. So, two more days of Kvothe's tale is left and the tale is just getting better.

My Rating - 5 stars

INR 384/- [Flipkart Price]


  1. I have been waiting for this book to be available at my library for ages!!
    I will read the review once I read the book :)

  2. hahaha...go get the booooook...its so worth it

  3. The name of the book reminds me of Umberto Eco's The Name of Rose. The book sounds really interesting,I should venture into fantasy now,I guess. :P
    Great review :D

  4. soooo...FL finally reviews a fantasy book i might enjoy reading. :D love d cover; and it's a great review!

  5. another series? I am dying to finish the current fantasy book .. and dnt think i will read another soon.. only one i want to aleast start this year is Game of thrones !! This review was good though !


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