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The Name of the Wind

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The Name of the Wind

Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss' epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.

"I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss." —Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • "He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." —George R. R. Martin
  • "Rothfuss has real talent." —Terry Brooks

    OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD!

    DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND

    My name is Kvothe.

    I have stolen princesses back from 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.

    Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:

    "The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy."
    George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire

    "Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
    Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara

    "It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
    Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea

    "The characters are real and the magic is true."
    Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice

    "Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
    Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
  • Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss' epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.

    "I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss." —Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • "He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." —George R. R. Martin
  • "Rothfuss has real talent." —Terry Brooks

    OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD!

    DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND

    My name is Kvothe.

    I have stolen princesses back from 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.

    Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:

    "The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy."
    George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire

    "Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
    Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara

    "It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
    Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea

    "The characters are real and the magic is true."
    Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice

    "Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
    Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
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    • From the book PROLOGUE

      A Silence of Three Parts

      IT WAS NIGHT AGAIN. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.

      The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind it would have sighed through the trees, set the inn's sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves. If there had been a crowd, even a handful of men inside the inn, they would have filled the silence with conversation and laughter, the clatter and clamor one expects from a drinking house during the dark hours of night. If there had been music...but no, of course there was no music. In fact there were none of these things, and so the silence remained.

      Inside the Waystone a pair of men huddled at one corner of the bar. They drank with quiet determination, avoiding serious discussions of troubling news. In doing this they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one. It made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.

      The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar. It was in the weight of the black stone hearth that held the heat of a long dead fire. It was in the slow back and forth of a white linen cloth rubbing along the grain of the bar. And it was in the hands of the man who stood there, polishing a stretch of mahogany that already gleamed in the lamplight.

      The man had true-red hair, red as flame. His eyes were dark and distant, and he moved with the subtle certainty that comes from knowing many things.

      The Waystone was his, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the others inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumn's ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.


      CHAPTER ONE

      A Place for Demons

      IT WAS FELLING NIGHT, and the usual crowd had gathered at the Waystone Inn. Five wasn't much of a crowd, but five was as many as the Waystone ever saw these days, times being what they were.

      Old Cob was filling his role as storyteller and advice dispensary. The men at the bar sipped their drinks and listened. In the back room a young innkeeper stood out of sight behind the door, smiling as he listened to the details of a familiar story.

      "When he awoke, Taborlin the Great found himself locked in a high tower. They had taken his sword and stripped him of his tools: key, coin, and candle were all gone. But that weren't even the worst of it, you see..." Cob paused for effect, "...cause the lamps on the wall were burning blue!"

      Graham, Jake, and Shep nodded to themselves. The three friends had grown up together, listening to Cob's stories and ignoring his advice.

      Cob peered closely at the newer, more attentive member of his small audience, the smith's prentice. "Do you know what that meant, boy?" Everyone called the smith's prentice "boy" despite the fact that he was a hand taller than anyone there. Small towns being what they are, he would most likely remain "boy" until his beard filled out or he bloodied someone's nose over the matter.

      The boy gave a slow nod. "The Chandrian."

      "That's right," Cob said approvingly. "The Chandrian. Everyone knows that blue fire is one of their signs. Now he was—"

      "But how'd they find him?" the boy interrupted. "And why din't they kill him when they had the chance?"

      "Hush now, you'll get all the answers before the end," Jake said. "Just let him tell...

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    • DOGO Books jackfruit7 - Love it! First book in King killer chronicles! There making this into a movie too! I totally reccomend this book/movie when it comes.
    • Publisher's Weekly

      Starred review from January 29, 2007
      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. Kvothe ("pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe' "), the hero and villain of a thousand tales who's presumed dead, lives as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under an assumed name. Prompted by a biographer called Chronicler who realizes his true identity, Kvothe starts to tell his life story. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe of magicians, jugglers and jesters, the Edema Ruh, to feral child on the streets of the vast port city of Tarbean, then his education at "the University," Kvothe is driven by twin imperatives—his desire to learn the higher magic of naming and his need to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. 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. The fantasy world has a new star.

    • Library Journal

      Starred review from January 1, 2007
      From his childhood as a member of a close-knit family of the nomadic Edema Ruh to his first heady days as a student of magic at a prestigious university, humble bartender Kvothe relates the tale of how a boy beset by fate became a hero, a bard, a magician, and a legend. Rothfuss's first novel launches a trilogy relating not only the history of humankind but also the tale of a world threatened by an evil whose existence it desperately denies. The author explores the development of a person's character while examining the relationship between a legend and its reality and the truth that lies at the heart of stories. Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed "autobiography" of a hero is highly recommended for libraries of any size.

      Copyright 2007 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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