This is book number 1 in the Kingkiller Chronicles series.
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.
It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing with true music in the words . Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes he ll 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