The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle #1

Patrick Rothfuss

fiction fantasy
adventurous slow-paced

662 pages | first published 2007

Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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Moods

adventurous 98%
mysterious 50%
dark 31%
emotional 25%
funny 22%
reflective 22%
tense 22%
inspiring 12%
challenging 11%
sad 11%
hopeful 8%
lighthearted 6%
relaxing 3%
informative 0%

Pace

medium 47%
slow 44%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 45% | A mix: 42% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 67% | No: 18% | It's complicated: 13% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 16% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 57% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 15% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.36