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672 pages
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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, <em>The Name of the Wind</em> is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. <br /><br />
672 pages Review
<b>'s Best of the Year...So Far Pick for 2007:</b> Harry Potter fans craving a new mind-blowing series should look no further than <i>The Name of the Wind</i>--the first book in a trilogy about an orphan boy who becomes a legend. Full of music, magic, love, and loss, Patrick Rothfuss's vivid and engaging debut fantasy knocked our socks off. <i>--Daphne Durham</i> <p clear="all"> <hr noshade="noshade" size="1" class="bucketDivider" /> <b class="h1"> 10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Patrick Rothfuss</b><br><br><img src="" hspace="4" vspace="4" border="0" align="left"> <b>Q:</b> Were you always a fan of fantasy novels?<br> <b>A:</b> Always. My first non-picture books were the Narnia Chronicles. After that my mom gave me <i>Ihe Hobbit</i> and <i>Dragonriders</i>. I grew up reading about every fantasy and sci-fi book I could find. I used to go to the local bookstore and look at the paperbacks on the shelf. I read non-fantasy stuff too, of course. But fantasy is where my heart lies. Wait... Should that be "where my heart lays?" I always screw that up. <br><br> <b>Q:</b> Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books?<br> <b>A:</b> Hmmm.... How about I post that up as a list? <br><br> <b>Q:</b> What are you reading now?<br> <b>A:</b> Right now I'm reading <i>Capacity</i>, by Tony Balantyne. He was nominated for the Philip K Dick award this last year. I heard him read a piece of the first novel, <i>Recursion</i>, out at Norwescon. I picked it up and got pulled right in. <i>Capacity</i> is the second book in the series. Good writing and cool ideas. Everything I've like best. <br><br> <b>Q:</b> How did Kvothe's story come to you? Did you always plan on a trilogy?<br> <b>A:</b> This story started with Kvothe's character. I knew it was going to be about him from the very beginning. In some ways it's the simplest story possible: it's the story of a man's life. It's the myth of the Hero seen from backstage. It's about the exploration and revelation of a world, but it's also about Kvothe's desire to uncover the truth hidden underneath the stories in his world. The story is a lot of things, I guess. As you can tell, I'm not very good at describing it. I always tell people, "If I could sum it up in 50 words, I wouldn't have needed to write a whole novel about it." I didn't plan it as a trilogy though. I just wrote it and it got to be so long that it had to be broken up into pieces. There were three natural breaking points in the story.... Hence the Trilogy. <br><br> <b>Q:</b> What is next for our hero?<br> <b>A:</b> Hmm..... I don't really believe in spoilers. But I think it's safe to say that Kvothe grows up a little in the second book. He learns more about magic. He learns how to fight, gets tangled up in some court politics, and starts to figure unravel some of the mysteries of romance and relationships, which is really just magic of a different kind, in a way. <br><br> <hr noshade="noshade" size="1" class="bucketDivider" /> <hr noshade="noshade" size="1" class="bucketDivider" /><br> <span class="h1"><strong>Patrick Rothfuss's Books You Should Read</strong></span> <table cellpadding="4" border="0" width="95%" cellspacing="4"> <tr class="tiny" valign="top" align="center"> <td> <img border="0" src=""><br><i>The Last Unicorn</i></td> <td> <img border="0" src=""><br><I>Neverwhere</I></td> <td> <img border="0" src=""><br><I>Declare</I></td> <td> <img border="0" src=""><br><I>Beatrice's Goat</I></td> <td> <img border="0" src=""><br><I>Blankets</I></td> </tr></table> <br> See more recommendations (with comments) from Patrick Rothfuss<br></p> <p clear="all"> <hr noshade="noshade" size="1" class="bucketDivider" />