The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind

By Patrick Rothfuss

  • Release Date: 2007-03-27
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 317 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

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.


  • The Name of the Wind

    By CPE!
    I enjoyed this book very much. It was able to be mature, innovative, engaging, and innocently naive at the same time. I have read so many very heavy, soul quenching, grasping to be overly dark book’s lately. This surprised me pleasantly. I look forward to reading the next book.
  • Amazing

    By lordlestibournes
    The prose in this story is absolutely beautiful. The opening to this story hooked me instantly and I felt the struggle of Kvothe’s life become so immersive. While I can understand some criticisms against the story with the characters or the plot, the world of the Kingkiller chronicle hooked me from the start and kept me reading for hours on end. I’ve yet to read book 2, but I definitely recommend ‘the Name of the Wind’.
  • Too good

    By ranemprcjs
    This book was amazing. The name of the wind is the life story of and told by Kvothe, starting from when he was 11 to his current life around 20. I’ve never had a book where I could understand a characters thoughts so well, and there was a point at page 900 that has it be my favorite part of the book, and I hope you’ll take the reason to find why. Only downside most won’t like is that after 12 years this series third book (there are two books from other characters in the series but they don’t complete Kvothes story) still hasn’t been written so if you want a ending to the chronicles you may have to wait or be in that state of depression when you finish a book and don’t know what else to do anymore
  • Masterpiece

    By Stockpile Thomas
    One of the most beautiful stories I have read in my life. The author’s expression of emotion and experiences are heart wrenching as well as uplifting.
  • Great read for an adventurous escape!

    By Kyana Adele
    A well written novel with a great story to be told! There were many unexpected twists that made it hard to put down. If you’re looking for a new world to escape to this it.
  • Great journey with an almost hero

    By mikemjohnson86
    Where to start? We know the end of this story from the moment it kicks off. Hear me out. Name of the Wind is essentially told in a first style with Kvothe taking us on this trip down memory lane. The stuff this guy goes through is amazing and the triumph is equally as satisfying. This is one of the most well crafted fun stories I’ve read. It’s not the wild adventure or traditional coming of age story. Instead it combines the two elements, flips some troupes on their heads line love all in a pseudo dark f fantasy realism setting. It was a journey told through the eyes of a character who has long left behind a life he remembers so vividly. He’s not a warrior in the traditionally sense but he shows a heart like no other. There’s a two a dimensional aspect to some of the supporting cast that is strategically done in a way that allows readers, us to focus on the true Kvothe. Don’t expect a lot of twist and turns, but there is one that’s both subtle and punch in the gut. I love it. This is a revenge story flipped on its head and takes a methodical approach to give us a story that does two things. Answers some questions but leaves us wanting more.
  • Incredible.

    By thatjoshuadude
    Just incredible.

    By Eliza Riley
    This series is very good. One of the best I’ve read in a while. I would highly recommend it EXCEPT the second book in this series came out in 2011. It leaves off on quite the cliff hanger with many questions unanswered and the story clearly unfinished. The author has given us no insight into when the last book will come out. At the time I’m writing this review it’s been twelve years with no answers. So, in summary, this is a very good book, but I wouldn’t start this series if you aren’t okay with not knowing the ending. It’s looking like it may not happen at this point.
  • Fantastical Poetry

    By guygonewrong
    The author could bring you to tears describing the ripples across a pond. But his ability to refrain from doing so while proving his skill demonstrates his artistry.