The Kingkiller Chronicles

by Patrick Rothfuss

2.5 avg rating
Book 3 of 255 in the Best Fantasy Series
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This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians 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-riddled 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.

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8 comments
Anonymous | 2013-05-02 12:46:29
Two books so far, the first one is awesome, the second one is good too, waiting on third.
Scott B. | 2014-08-03 03:36:33
I really loved the first book, but only liked the second. I have high hopes for last book, but my fear is he is going to fall short of expectations given how far off the second boom was in quality from the first book.
Laura | 2014-08-16 08:58:50
Entertaining, but the main character is soooo unreallistic that at times even becomes unrelatable. One gets tired of him always excelling at everything: he's not just a very talented musician, but literally makes people cry when they listen to his music; he's the most powerful magician; he's a ladies magnet; he is super clever; he's physically fit and a great fighter...uuugg Kvothe does not only does everything well, he does it like nobody else has done it before... it's too simplistic and it gets boring after a while. It's very hard not to see the protagonist as an imaginary projection of a very egocentric personality, no offense to the author intended. Do not expect any complex characterizations in these novels. In spite of what most people seem to believe and repeat everywhere, this series is miles away from Martin or Tolkien. It's enternaining, period. I apologize for any grammar mistakes, english is not my native language.
Anonymous | 2015-09-01 12:08:39
You have to remember that Kvothe's narration is very biased. He is a great story teller and an arrogant showman, of course he'll present himself in a flattering way. Also, due to the nature of the narration, expecting deep multi-layered profiles in other characters is a bit unrealistic. That would make him a mind reader as well. Kvothe plays to his strengths but not his weaknesses. We know he's not that much of a mathematician, for example. It is very clear that he's far from the greatest swordsman.
Sc0tty | 2016-02-29 04:24:47
I've listened to and gifted 3 copies of both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear narrated by Nick Podehl. His performance is superior. I haven't heard the narrator that you have recommended, but Podehl, as I've said, is superior for this book.
Anonymous | 2016-03-31 10:38:13
This series is full of blatant sexism - the female characters fall flat and most of them want to sleep with Kvothe. Book two is jam packed with pointless sex scenes that add nothing to the story, nor further the plot at all. It's a disappointing, disgusting, and borderline dangerous portrayal of women. Additionally, the language is rudimentary. The same words are used over and over, sometimes even the same phrases. It gets boring quickly. The pace of the story is wishy washy, with Kvothe skipping over legitimately interesting things, while dragging on about completely irrelevant ones. The base line of the story is good, but it was wasted on Rothfuss. He took a great potential and turned it into drivel placating the male ego.
Anonymous | 2016-10-21 10:06:08
I do not understand why people like this book. It is booooooooring. All the book one hopes that something interesting is soon going to happen but then nothing happens.
Anonymous | 2017-11-06 06:04:15
I liked the book and the audiobook was very well narrated. However, the story itself seems to lack the grand scale of epic fantasy like Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sandersen, etc. It's beautifully written, but it seems to be about 2,000 pages of not a whole heck of a lot happening.
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