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Patrick Rothfuss - Author

About the Author

Patrick Rothfuss had the good fortune to be born in Wisconsin in 1973, where the long winters and lack of cable television encouraged a love of reading and writing. After abandoning his chosen field of chemical engineering, Pat became an itinerant student, wandering through clinical psychology, philosophy, medieval history, theater, and sociology. Nine years later, Pat was forced by university policy to finally complete his undergraduate degree in English. When not reading and writing, he teaches fencing and dabbles with alchemy in his basement.

 

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Featured books by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2014

A strangely wonderful and completely compelling novella that speaks directly to your soul. This is different, very different and it's not often that an author starts a foreword with "you might not want to buy this book…”. Rothfuss believes it’s best to have read his first two books in ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’, otherwise you may find yourself perplexed and a little lost. However, if you are the sort of person who has chatted to inanimate objects, avoided the obvious and listened carefully to silence, you could read this as a surprising and remarkable standalone piece. Set in the Underneath of the University from ‘The Name of the Wind’, we are entirely alone with Auri. Auri is a beautiful, simple and utterly complex character, it feels like a privilege to be initiated into her a secret world, one that even if you were there, you may not see unless from her eyes. It is true, even those who have read his first two books may find themselves lost, but if you can settle into the writing, the style, the feel… and connect with it, you may just fall in love with this special, moving and quite, quite adorable little book.

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Other books by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Sequel to the extraordinary THE NAME OF THE WIND, THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and a must-read for all fans of HBO's GAME OF THRONES. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ... and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as THE NAME OF THE WIND, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must-read for all fantasy fans. Readable, engaging and gripping THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the biggest and the best fantasy novel out there.

The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2017

This anniversary hardcover includes more than 50 pages of extra content! - Beautiful, iconic cover by artist Sam Weber and designer Paul Buckley - Gorgeous, never-before-seen illustrations by artist Dan Dos Santos - Detailed and updated world map by artist Nate Taylor - Brand-new author's note - Appendix detailing calendar system and currencies - Pronunciation guide of names and places 'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me' So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.

The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2017

'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me' So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2015

The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all lives Auri. Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names. At once joyous and haunting, THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS is a rich, atmospheric and lyrical tale, featuring one of the most beloved characters from Rothfuss' acclaimed fantasy series.

Die Musik der Stille

Die Musik der Stille

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2015

Sie heit Auri und ihr Dasein ist voller Geheimnisse. Kvothes sonderbare Freundin vermag anders als alle anderen wahrzunehmen, was unter der Oberflache der Dinge liegt. Sie wei von verborgenen Namen und schleichenden Gefahren ... Das Buch ist nicht der dritte Band der Knigsmrder-Chronik, aber es fgt der Welt der Knigsmrder-Chronik eine ganz eigene, faszinierende Geschichte hinzu. Die Universitt von Imre ist weithin bekannt fr ihre Gelehrsamkeit. Die besten Kpfe zieht sie an, die Rtsel der Wissenschaft, des Handwerks und der Alchemie zu entschlsseln. Aber tief unter dem lebendigen Treiben in ihren Hallen erstreckt sich ein Netz verlassener Rume und alter Gnge. Im Herzen dieses hhlenartigen Labyrinths lebt das Mdchen Auri. Das "e;Unterding"e; ist ihr Zuhause. Die kalte, trgerische Rationalitt der Menschen, die ber ihr leben, hat sie hinter sich gelassen und sie dringt tief in das Geheimnis der Dinge ein. Eine Geschichte voll betrender Bilder und magischer Spuren, wie sie nur Patrick Rothfuss erzhlen kann. "e;Die Musik der Stille"e; fgt der Welt der Knigsmrder-Chronik eine ganz eigene, faszinierende Geschichte hinzu.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Electronic book text Release Date: 28/10/2014

The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all lives Auri. Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names. At once joyous and haunting, THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS is a rich, atmospheric and lyrical tale, featuring one of the most beloved characters from Rothfuss' acclaimed fantasy series.

The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2012

'I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss' Lin-Manuel Miranda 'He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy' George R R Martin Sequel to the extraordinary THE NAME OF THE WIND, THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and a must-read for all fans of HBO's GAME OF THRONES. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ... and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as THE NAME OF THE WIND, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must-read for all fantasy fans. Readable, engaging and gripping THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.

Die Furcht des Weisen / Band 2

Die Furcht des Weisen / Band 2

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2012

Erleben Sie, wie Kvothe im Feenreich der betorenden Felurian begegnet, die ihn durch ihre marchenhafte Schonheit fast willenlos macht. Nur durch eine List kann er sich aus ihren Armen befreien. Und sein Weg fuhrt ihn weiter zu den stillen Kriegern der Adem, von denen er die hohe Kunst des Lethani erlernt und das Schwert Saicere verliehen bekommt. Mit ihm und einem von Felurian gewobenen Schattenmantel tritt er die Reise zuruck zum Hof des machtigen Maer an, doch unterwegs wartet entsetzliches Unheil auf ihn ... Dieser 2. Teil des Nachfolgebands von "e;Der Name des Windes"e; steckt wieder voller neuer Geschichten und Ideen von Patrick. Der Band ist daher so umfangreich geworden, dass man ihn teilen musste in zwei Bnde - "e;Die Furcht des Weisen 1"e; und "e;Die Furcht des Weisen 2"e;. Mit "e;Die Furcht des Weisen"e; legt Patrick Rothfuss den zweiten Teil der Knigsmrder-Chronik-Trilogie vor, der in den USA bei Kritikern und Fantasylesern begeistert aufgenommen wurde und schon bald einen der vorderen Pltze in der New York Times Bestsellerliste belegte. 2007 wurde Patrick Rothfuss fr seinen Roman "e;Der Name des Windes"e; mit dem Quill Award sowie dem Pulishers Weekly Award fr das beste Fantasy-Buch des Jahres ausgezeichnet.

The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2011

Sequel to the extraordinary THE NAME OF THE WIND, THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and a must-read for all fans of HBO's GAME OF THRONES. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ...and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as THE NAME OF THE WIND, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must-read for all fantasy fans. Readable, engaging and gripping THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.

Die Furcht des Weisen / Band 1

Die Furcht des Weisen / Band 1

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2011

Dieser Band ist der auf "e;Der Name des Windes"e; folgende Band 2. Drei Dinge gibt es, die jeder Weise frchtet: den Sturm auf hoher See, eine mondlose Nacht und den Zorn eines sanftmtigen Mannes. Verfolgen Sie die Abenteuer von Kvothe, wie er zum grten Magier seiner Zeit wurde. Eine Intrige zwingt Kvothe die arkanische Universitt zu verlassen. Seine Suche nach den sagenumwobenen Chandrian, die seine Eltern gettet haben, fhrt ihn an den Hof von Maer Alveron, und weiter zu den sturmumwogten Hgeln von Ademre. Schlielich gelangt er in das zwielichtige Reich der Fae, wo er der sagenumwobenen Felurian begegnet, der bisher noch kein Mann widerstehen konnte Eine Geschichte voller Poesie und Musik, voller Leidenschaft, aber auch voller Intrigen, dunkler Geheimnisse und Magie. Dieser zweite Band von "e;Der Name des Windes"e; steckt wieder voller neuer Geschichten und Ideen von Patrick Rothfuss. Der Band ist daher so umfangreich geworden, dass man ihn teilen musste in zwei Bnde - "e;Die Furcht des Weisen 1"e; und "e;Die Furcht des Weisen 2"e;. Mit "e;Die Furcht des Weisen"e; legt Patrick Rothfuss den zweiten Teil der Knigsmrder-Chronik-Trilogie vor, der in den USA bei Kritikern und Fantasylesern begeistert aufgenommen wurde und schon bald einen der vorderen Pltze in der New York Times Bestsellerliste belegte. 2007 wurde Patrick Rothfuss fr seinen Roman "e;Der Name des Windes"e; mit dem Quill Award sowie dem Pulishers Weekly Award fr das beste Fantasy-Buch des Jahres ausgezeichnet.

Wise Man's Fear

Wise Man's Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2011

My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me. So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in THE WISE MANS FEAR, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's Road. All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived...until Kvothe. In THE WISE MANS FEAR, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

Der Name des Windes

Der Name des Windes

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2010

In "e;Der Name des Windes"e; erzahlt Patrick Rothfuss die Geschichte von Kvothe, dem beruhmtesten Zauberer seiner Zeit. Damit ist ihm ein Roman von so viel Einfallsreichtum und solch sprachlicher Kraft und Authentizitat gelungen, dass er die gesamte Fantasyszene aufhorchen lasst. "e;Vielleicht habt ihr von mir gehort"e; ... von Kvothe, dem fur die Magie begabten Sohn fahrender Spielleute. Das Lager seiner Truppe findet er verwustet, die Mutter und den Vater tot - "e;sie haben einfach die falschen Lieder gesungen"e;. Wer aber sind diese Chandrian, die weiglanzenden, schleichenden Morder seiner Familie? Um ihnen auf die Spur zu kommen, riskiert Kvothe alles. Er lebt als Straenjunge in der Hafenstadt Tarbean, bis er auf das Arkanum, die Universitat fur hohe Magie aufgenommen wird. Vom Namenszauber, der ihn als Kind fast das Leben gekostet hatte, erhofft sich Kvothe die Macht, das Geheimnis der sagenumwobenen Damonen aufzudecken. Im Mittelpunkt dieses Leseabenteuers steht ein groer Magier und leidenschaftlicher Wissenschaftler, ein Musiker, dessen Lieder die Sanger zum Weinen bringen ... und ein schuchterner Liebhaber. Mit Der Name des Windes legt Patrick Rothfuss den ersten Teil der Konigsmorder-Chronik-Trilogie vor, der in den USA bei Kritikern und Fantasylesern begeistert aufgenommen wurde und schon bald einen der vorderen Platze in der New York Times Bestsellerliste belegte. Der Bestseller-Autor Terry Brooks schreibt: "e;Der Name des Windes stellt das Debut eines Autors dar, den wir lieber im Auge behalten sollten."e; Das Magazin "e;The Onion"e; gibt den Lesern folgenden Rat: "e;Stellen Sie Der Name des Windes neben "e;Der Herr der Ringe"e; ins Regal und erwarten Sie den Tag, an dem beide in einem Atemzug genannt werden, vielleicht als Erste unter Gleichen."e; 2007 wurde Patrick Rothfuss fur seinen Roman "e;Der Name des Windes"e; mit dem Quill Award sowie dem Pulishers Weekly Award fur das beste Fantasy-Buch des Jahres ausgezeichnet.

Name of the Wind

Name of the Wind

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2009

My name is Kvothe.I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.You may have heard of me.So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literaturethe story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one mans search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend. It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writingwith true music in the words. Wherever Pat Rothfuss goeshell carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song. Ursula K. Le Guin, bestselling author and winner of the National Book Award

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