While it’s not the third book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series, and we certainly don’t expect it to be, as great books take time and the first two books in the series have tremendous re-read value (in fact, I am in the process of re-reading The Wise Man’s Fear now, and thoroughly enjoying it), it’s certainly something to look forward to when it releases later this year, on October 3.
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Recounting the events of his life, The Name of the Wind follows Kvothe, an incredibly gifted young man. While you might expect Kvothe to be a fantasy hero, he’s anything but. Although incredibly talented in his youth as a musician and sympathist (magician), his story most definitely does not have a happy ending (or so we can assume).
Full of touching moments, an incredible range of ups and downs, and fascinating stories, The Name of the Wind begins the retelling of Kvothe’s life, from his days as a trouper’s child, to his life on the streets, and ending with his entrance and day to day life at the University he has been dreaming of, all told from the perspective of Kote, his new identity as an adult far removed from the world of “magic.”
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.
Check out the new cover below.
The art for the latest edition of The Name of the Wind is a stunning representation of Kvothe’s journey throughout the first novel; broken, yet beautiful and captivating. Fitting for an updated version of one the best novels in fantasy, the newest piece in Rothfuss’ collection includes a number of other features as well, such as illustrations and an updated map of the world. Although further details have not yet been provided on the changes and new editions to the novel, three new illustrations were revealed during the Geeks Doing Good fundraiser and they are stunning as well, featuring a young Kvothe in Tarbean, and a few pieces including his love interest, Denna.
Needless to say, the latest edition of The Name of the Wind is sure to be a collection piece for fans of Rothfuss’ work and will be a wonderful thing for new readers to pick up, as it will also include a pronunciation guide and a few new facts about the world as well.