I'm an avid science fiction and fantasy reader. I study Chemical Engineering at the UofU and do photography on the side.
I loved the name of the wind (five stars for that book), but unfortunately this book just doesn't have the substance the first one did.
Apart from wasting my time with his fantasy of adolescent sexuality, the book spent a huge amount of time focused a bland society that was in itself ridiculous.
In the first book, it was easy to have an emotional connection with the main character; however, this story left me not liking him and quite honestly it's hard to believe that it's the same character from the first book. Towards the middle of the book, I found myself not caring what happens next and just wishing that all the filler material would go away so the story could go on.
The while story could have been told with half the words and not lost much.
Hopefully the third book will be truer to the roots of the story.
i got sucked in, but just like Qvothe trying to throw one at Denna, I feel like it was all tease and no delivery. it's like a case of literary blue balls.
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.
The story is confusing and doesn't seem to be going anywhere! I'm frustrated that I listened for days and days to a story without much substance First book in the series was a little better but don't think I will listen to any of this authors future books. And I thought the ending was awful!
Someone who enjoys a boring story.
Book one was moderately exciting but this is a drop off the deep end. You have absolutely no idea where the plot is going except that it is his biography. All it is, is kvothe complaining about this chick that he is too much of a pussy to say what he feels. And she is a bitch on top of that. They have yet to really introduce the main villains and I am sick of him being continuously being in debt because he is a complete moron at one moment and a genius the very next. Plus, in the story it has been only one year, which is rediculous.
Not really a fan of any of the characters but nick podehl did a respectable job narrating.
Kvothe and Dena. Which is awful since they are the main characters.
Waste of my time. Also it sounds like book three is still a long ways away. Really disappointed considering all of the good reviews people gave it. Not meant for an adult reader looking for a mature novel
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
THE TALLEST NAIL GETS HAMMERED DOWN FIRST.
I went 15 chapters and called it quits. I am sure it gets better and the writing is good. I just have a thing against writers who waste my time. One Credit equals One Book, so if you have lots of time, but little money or credits then this is the book for you. For one credit you get 44 hours of listening. You would have to spend four times that in most cases to listen to 44 hours of story from any other writer. In my case, I am thinking, I could listen to four times the entertaining good quality books. This is not terrible and my mind did not wonder that much, I just wanted something interesting to happen. My wife and I have a group of friends, we hang out with and we talk a lot. One of our friends is an interesting person and I want to hear what's going on in her life, but it takes her forever to tell a story. By the time she finishes her story I have lost interest. Rothfuss is that friend in most circles.
MY SLEEPING MIND
It is not that I can not listen to long books, I have listen to plenty, like from King Or McCammon and others, but I need something entertaining to be happening. This is one of the highest rated books at audible, so it is wherever your priorities lie.
Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Nope. I did NOTW and then got about halfway through this, just don't care what happens to Kvothe.
EVERYTHING!There just isn't much going on. Much like in NOTW huge sections of the story are about Kvothe trying to earn money. It drags on and on. The first half of this book is exactly like NOTW but less exciting if you can believe that.Oh no! Kvothe doesn't have any money! Oh sweet relief, Kvothe made some money! Oh no! Kvothe is in trouble! Oh boy, he got out of trouble!I got so tired of listening to Kvothe whine and bitch about things, and so tired of Rothfuss's overblown prose with respect to Kvothe's music. The great hero is completely unmanned and depressed if he can't play his lute? There is this ongoing tension between the fact that Kvothe is the best at everything he attempts (music, sympathy, artificery, medicine, naming, cards, etc) and the fact that he is a whiny little ponce who pouts if he can't play his tunes.You think there is going to be some excitement halfway through but you are disappointed. I "finished" the book by reading a plot synopsis on Wikipedia and it looks like it picks up a little bit after I quit but come on, it's just too much to slog through.Again I would say this is highly derivative of Harry Potter without being nearly as fun to read.The Denna story arc starts to drive you crazy. I got to where when she showed up I wanted to just stop reading altogether and it was actually this that made me quit. After her 20th appearance when Kvothe has to keep pretending he is just her friend I was done. It's so juvenile and doesn't seem to be going anywhere. When the thing driving your epic fantasy novel is a coy 16 year old girl, you have major problems.
I am still just stunned by these reviews that say this is the next LOTR. This series is like if the entirety of the Fellowship took place in the Shire with Frodo planning his trip and organizing Bag End and then by the middle of the Two Towers they had made it to Bree. Take the Nazgul out and replace them with a corrupt innkeeper, take the One Ring and replace it with Frodo's overdrawn checking account and you've got this series.
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first installment "The name of the Wind". I really liked Rothfuss writing style and although there were things that annoyed me about the first book I thought that was a good book overall. Now, the second installment "The Wise Man's Fear" is another matter. I find it hard to believe that an author can write so much about nothing and some how people like it. 42 hours (I think the book is about a 1000 pages) and the plot doesn't progress one bit..not one bit...How can that be possible? Book two and Kvothe is still 16? I think at this pace we'll see the conclusion to the KingKiller Chronicles in 20 years, if we are not bored to death before!!!This book has NO PLOT, there is no excitement or big mystery, it only contains side events in the life of Kvothe. Events that are mostly unimportant for the plot and at times silly or boring but still they go on, and on and on. For example, all the hours/pages wasted in Dena and the Felurian. Really, what a waste of time, ink and Megabytes. Or what about the ridiculous ketan fighting thing? Really??? But of course we get no insight in potentially more interesting events. I'm starting to think that Mr. Rothfuss likes to write just to show his writing skills, just like some people like to talk just to hear themselves talk.Also, Kvothe's character in my opinions is very inconsistent in this book. At times his a very sharp/smart, street savvy, even mature, the next minute he is as naive and stupid as it comes. I found him less likeable and real because of these inconsistencies. Lastly, during the course of this book I got a strong feeling that Kvothe never becomes all that powerful or even competent throughout his life but instead he gets lucky during certain events, which are then exaggerated by story tellers and that's why he is telling "his real story". Hopefully, I'm wrong and that is not the case!
Have a plot for this book instead of writing about silly and inconsequential events.
Great Performance. I think he is the reason why I continued listening.
I was completely disappointed with this book. Not sure if I'll continue to waste time and money in this "trilogy".
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.
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.