Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man's Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus' Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.
The fantasy choice is Patrick Rothfuss's rich and layered debut, The Name of the Wind (DAW. 2007. ISBN 978-0-7564-0407-9. $24.95). Kvothe, a man known as the heroic Legend, is lying low in the guise of an innkeeper. When an act of bravery brings a stranger to the inn, Kvothe is persuaded to narrate his own autobiography, an engrossing story marked by magic and deep-seated vengeance. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He's bloody good, this
--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. LeGuin, 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
--Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
"[Makes] you think he's inventing the genre, instead of
--Lev Grossman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Magicians
"This is a magnificent book."
--Anne McCaffrey, award-winning author of the Dragonriders of Pern
"The great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this
is an astonishing book."
--Orson Scott Card, New York Times-bestselling author of Ender's Game
"It's not the fantasy trappings (as wonderful as they are) that
make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true,
common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and
--Tad Williams, New York Times-bestselling author of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
"Jordan and Goodkind must be looking nervously over their
--Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars
"An extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed
world and told extremely well."
--Jo Walton, award-winning author of Among Others
"Hail Patrick Rothfuss! A new giant is striding the land."
--Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author of Wake
"Fans of the epic high fantasies of George R.R. Martin or J.R.R.
Tolkien will definitely want to check out Patrick Rothfuss' The
Name of the Wind."
"Shelve The Name of the Wind beside The Lord of the
Rings...and look forward to the day when it's mentioned in the
same breath, perhaps as first among equals."
--The A.V. Club
"I was reminded of Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and
J. R. R. Tolkein, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating
--The London Times
"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its
coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology."
"This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy
and masterful in its narrative essence."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
series...this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of
fantasy on a grand scale."
--Library Journal (starred)