Amazing book. I know its only march but this is definitely my favorite book of the year so far. Unlike many other authors I enjoy Patrick doesn't was a single word, but carefully chooses every syllable that goes into his master piece. The only negative thing I have to say is that I wish he would write faster. I just want to know how the story ends. Brandon Sanderson writes extremely fast and puts out books of almost the same quality.
Well, it took me long enough to get there, but I have finally finished The Wise Man’s Fear! What an EPIC audio book! 43 HOURS long!
It is day two at the Waystone Inn, and Kvothe is telling Bast and Chronicler the second part of his tale. Back at the university, a young Kvothe is just beginning his adventures. He leaves the university in search of a patron, trains with the Amyr and learns their secrets, gets taken by Felourian to have her way with him, continues on his quest to avenge his parents, and starts to make a name for himself.
The world that he has created in this series is just enchanting. I love how the story is told. The first book for those who have not read it, begins with the innkeeper agreeing to have his life story documented by a scribe. However it will take three days to tell his tale. The first book is day one, the second book is day two and the third book will be day three (when it is released… 2017 apparently! WAHHHH). In between the story there are interludes back to the present day at the Inn, starting to get glimpses of what Kvothe is like now, how he has changed, and how he has stayed the same.
I have read reviews of The Wise Man’s Fear and many reviewers found it to be slower than The Name of the Wind. I disagree. I actually enjoyed it much more than the first one. Maybe it was because of the ease of getting back into it. The first one took me a good 2 hours to really start enjoying the story. However this one was right back into it straight away. Like an old friend. I also began to feel like the story really moved along. It seemed to take him forever to venture out from the university, so I was utterly excited when he did! I enjoyed that he went into the Fae. At the time I thought it was a little strange, however I think it really helped Kvothes character mature, and became pivotal to the story.
There is something magical about Rothfuss’s words. Something amazing about the way he tells this tale… It sucks me right in. And with Nick Podehl as narrator, yet again I was listening to this book at every opportunity, trying to absorb as much of the story as I could, as quickly as I could!
Kvothe is really developing through the novels. In the first book I found him to be quite annoying, the younger version anyway. Arrogant and at times painfully stupid, despite his intelligence. The Wise Man’s Fear had me starting to like him and see glimpses of what he will be like as he grows older. His character was much more tolerable. I enjoyed his countless adventures. All the characters are engrossing to read about, both the new and the old ones. I really enjoy the relationship he has started to develop between his friends, and his romantic conquests. However one character I never warmed to and found in this one I began to dislike more and more, was Denna… I don’t understand his attraction to her, or her role in the whole saga. She is absolutely annoying and I would almost cringe whenever there was a scene with her in it. However, I am interested to see what happens with them in the next one.
I am very sad that the next one isn’t out yet, but you cant rush a good thing!
Would I recommend The Wise Man’s Fear?
Absolutely! A wonderful book! Just read The Name of the Wind first or you will be hopelessly and utterly lost!
Rothfuss is bar none, the best fantasy writer of all time. His story is not done. It has not yet fallen apart as George RR Martin's has. Its not too late for him to falter as an author. But right now, the two stories in KingKiller chronicles are an amazing feat.
Why this second installment is not quite up to Name of the Wind:
The story meanders. I like how the plot/story arch goes all over the place and how Rothfuss is not concerned with pulling everything together concisely. Instead, this work is too wordy. It would have benefited if great chunks were edited out.
I like how Rothfuss obviously saw this problem and chopped out pieces that probably weighed down the story even more than it is. (example the traveling from the university to the mayors castle).
What I think happened was story telling without tension.
Sanderson's Stormbringer books are a good example of what I am talking about. In Way of Kings, the main character is constantly oppressed. You feel this in the story. In Wise Man's Fear, Kvothe ends up in several episodes where tension lacks. (example, when he ends up in the fay world, thats a huge chunk of writing that kind of helps the story, but is also boring). The story lacks 'danger'.
Other than that quibble. this is a great book. 70% of it being perfect makes the 30% of excess worth plodding through.
Book 2 in the Kingkiller Chronicles, "Wise Man's Fear" is an exceptional journey into a fantasy world both strange and familiar. Patrick Rothfuss is an excellent writer who is masterful with the English language. His main characters are wonderfully composed and the secondary characters play their roles admirably.
Picking up where "Name of the Wind" left off, this begins day 2 of Kvothe's life story, as told to the famous scribe Chronicler. Kvothe is seeking anonymity posing as Kote, humble owner of the Waystone Inn. His apprentice, Bast, is also there as Kvothe relates the details of his younger life - details which would make his name legend. While the past is the main emphasis of the story, there are also goings on at the Inn that play a role in this novel.
As the story begins, Kvothe is still at the University learning the arcane arts, playing his lute in taverns and trying to earn enough money to pay his tuition. In search of a patron to sponsor his musical talent, he is given a promising lead and decides to take some time off of school and travel to a far land to meet a wealthy and powerful man. While there, he is sent out to capture or kill the bandits who have been terrorizing the main road into town. While in the forest looking for the bandits, he has a surreal encounter with the legendary faery of love. Upon leaving the forest, he travels to a new town where he is trained by a society of warriors known for their fighting prowess. He then returns to the University more experienced and wiser. All through his adventures, he pines for the beautiful Denna and continues to hope they might have a future together.
If you read the first book and were looking to have some questions answered, you will be sadly disappointed. In fact, I think this book raises more questions than it answers. But that will just make the third book all the more compelling, and I can hardly wait until 2017.
Nick Podehl does a masterful job reading this story. He captures the essence of the characters wonderfully and brings the beautiful world created by Patrick Rothfuss to life. If I closed my eyes, I could almost feel this magical world around me. I highly recommend this to any lover of fantasy.
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(I took the author’s advice in the afterword of the “Slow Regard” 2.5 Novella.) Patrick Rothfuss’ wrote that many of his stories get better with a second reading. This proved true in both “The Name of The Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear.” I am patiently waiting for book 3. “The Wise Man’s Fear” provides a tremendous amount of back-story. I am glad it is in one large book, not several. I re-read both books back to back. I missed a lot the first time.
This is a book that can and should be skipped. In terms of advancing the plot of a trilogy, nothing happens. 40 plus hours of nothing. A good writer, but a huge book of subplot and filler. I doubt someone who goes straight from book 1 to 3 would even notice. It was entertaining in parts, but did not fulfill a sequels purpose. This is a collection of stories about the main character, it has nothing to do with the plot laid out in the first book.
I was completely surprised by this series and glad that I stumbled upon it. It's well written and keeps you involved as a reader the whole way. If you like wheel of time I think this is a series in the same class.
I am a lover of fantasy and really wanted to love this book as it came so highly recommended. I read the first book and it had glimpses of a really good story, Kvothe’s tragic loss of his family his struggle to survive and his finally finding the relative security of the University with its friends and successes. I finished that first book feeling like there should have been more, more conflict, darker enemies, more life and death challenges and more magic. The second book is just difficult to even listen to. The story is not much more interesting than listening to the real life diary of a teenage boy. Kvothe has the added benefit of being a talented lute player and brilliant student knows some magic, but it’s really the story of a self-conscious geek who spends his time competing with his rival, pining for a girl and making one stupid choice after another. For me it’s just a long boring story…I regret buying it.
Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.
This tale goes on and on without the joy and excitement that accompanied the first book. The adventures become quite unbelievably packed into a few seasons.
I loved the world. Rothfuss built a beautiful, interesting world, but there were several events in the story that just made me wonder why I should care. I kept looking for the big motivator that tied in all of the events of Kvothe's life, but that key motivation had little or nothing to do with the storyline. In fact, at some points I thought I was reading about one man's D&D game. The only character who felt like he had any real depth to him was Kvothe, and the rest of the people on the page were just glorified NPC's.
That said, the world was awesome. The explanations of the magic system was great. I just wish there had been a clearer, tighter storyline that had a focused motivation for me to care about.