"No one writes about stories like Pat Rothfuss. How the right story at the right time can change the world, how the teller can shape a life." --Lin-Manuel Miranda This deluxe, illustrated edition celebrates the New York Times -bestselling series, The Kingkiller Chronicle--a masterful epic fantasy saga that has inspired readers worldwide. 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 DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND 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 literature--the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend. Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle: "The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." -- George R. R. Martin , New York Times -bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire "Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous." -- Terry Brooks , New York Times -bestselling author of Shannara "It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words." -- Ursula K. Le Guin , award-winning author of Earthsea "The characters are real and the magic is true." -- Robin Hobb , New York Times -bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice "Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description." -- Brandon Sanderson , New York Times -bestselling author of Mistborn
Why is a legendary wizard and kingslayer now tending bar in a backwater village? Kingkiller Chronicle #1.