Written by: Patrick Rothfuss
This is one of those books that is greatly improved by being listened to. Not since the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy have I enjoyed an audio book this much. Make sure you get the version narrated by Rupert Degas, his voicing of the characters is superb.
This is a fantasy at its best, the world is well built and intriguing with the detail. The story begins in a small town where we discover that the innkeeper Kote is actually the renown Kvothe and he begins telling the story of his adventures to a visiting storyteller called Chronicler. He is not enthusiastic about telling his story but as the story unfolds we begin to understand why he has been reluctant. One thing we do know about Kvothe is one of his names is 'Kingkiller' which is the name of the series, The Kingkiller Chronicles. Kvothe tells Chronicler that the tale will last three days, one day for each of books in the series. On this first day of the story we hear of his early life, how he came to the magical university and comes to be tutored by the master namer.
I think I would have given this story 5 star if I had just read the book, but with the added wonder of Rupert Degas narration I want to give it 6 out of 5. Truely a classic.
This is the introduction to the Name of the Wind:
Such begins the tale of Kvothe, who narrates the tale of his life.