The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind

By Patrick Rothfuss

  • Release Date: 2007-03-27
  • Genre: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7,034 Ratings)


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
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. MartinNew 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 BrooksNew 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 HobbNew York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description." 
Brandon SandersonNew York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn


  • A Poetic justice

    By Libros forever
    A smart and deeply entertaining read. The author brings everything to life and makes you feel it.
  • A Must-Read Fantasy

    By JohnMurz
    The Name of the Wind belongs in everyone’s list of top ten fantasy books to read in a lifetime. It begins like many fantasy stories with a setting in a small, rural village during a late medieval time. Readers are introduced to a friendly, unassuming innkeeper. One of the residents soon stumbles into the inn after being attacked by monsters on the outskirts of the town. Sound familiar? Stick with it because the plot soon becomes interesting. A scribe arrives at the inn, seeking a person known as Kvothe, a legend in that part of the world, now in hiding. It turns out to be the innkeeper. The scribe wants to tell his story. Kvothe agrees, and the scribe puts it down on paper as the innkeeper tells it. The Name of the Wind becomes a story within a story as we follow the adventures of a young Kvothe during his years traveling from town to town with his parents and a troupe of actors until tragedy strikes. He later enters a magical University where he longs to learn the name of the wind, a form of magic that is taught there. The story is full of action, and I never tired of it. The main characters are well-developed, although I often had trouble placing a few of the minor characters. The book inspired me enough to begin reading book two in the series, A Wise Man’s Fear. Read it; you won’t be disappointed.
  • Patty patty Roth fuss

    By yeetbooksgood
    Is pretty good, I’m not done yet so I will do a full review later but I’m enjoying it.
  • Read countless times and is still wonderful

    By Jonny5tud
    I’ve read this book many times over the years in anticipation of the third book. It never fails to disappoint. I can’t recommend this book enough. Thank you Mr. Rothfuss for writing. The end.
  • Amazing

    By SpenceNads
    Really good, like really really good.
  • Incomplete

    By Knucklehead343
    Don’t waste your time. Been waiting 8 years for the third book. It’s obviously never going to be completed.
  • One of the best books I’ve ever read

    I could not put this book down. The start is a little bit slow, but after the first 50 pages or so you won’t be able to stop. The writing and story is excellent and it left me wanting more and more
  • Great sequel

    By Adam Joseph Mo
  • The name of the wind.

    By Jackie fitzs
    Worst book I have ever read. I believe the author to have the mentality of a 12 year old egotistical idiot.
  • 5 isn’t enough stars for this book!!!

    By Josey86
    This book gets every star he uses to tell time at night, every time he uses them to tell time in the book. So many stars!!! I feel like I could write a tome about how amazing and wonderful and perfect this book is, but for all that I might as well let the book speak for itself. If you like magic, adventure, sci-fi a bit, this book is for you. Do yourself a favour and read it.