Nick Podehl does a phenomenal job narrating this first person fantasy story, of the life of the young protagonist, Kvothe. This second part in a yet incomplete trilogy chronicles his vivacious, curious life - from his departure from the University, on to his adventures over a continent. Rothfuss' storycraft is engrossing, and his characters well thought out. The thoughtful plot, though linear, has subtle intrigues, the lampooning of authority figures, defense of the innocent, and the growing pains of an awkward youth assuming the mantle of the hero/antihero of his time.Rothfuss' world is enthralling, and he is a masterful writer whose ability to capture the imagination and hearts of his readers is unparalleled.
I truly enjoyed listening to this book until the very end. It really doesn't have an end. It's not exactly a cliff-hanger either. More like running into a brick wall. Everything stops without conclusion.
I wouldn't presume to know anything about writing a book. I do enjoy series that resolve some plot lines in each new volume and introduce new ones. I didn't get that feeling at the end of this. It was kind of like sex that is interrupted. Lots of build up and no payoff.
Podehl is a wonderful choice for the voice of Kvothe. And he does an impressive and entertaining job of differentiating the other characters in the book. These books are 2 or 3 times longer than the typical novel so I spent a lot of time with Podehl and never felt like he was droning on.
In spite of the ending I'm truly invested in this series and will pay to find out what happens to Kvothe. Rothfuss has added wonderful twists and turns to the young man's quest. I hope for his sake, and Kvoth's, that he is able to move the story along a bit in the next much anticipated entry.
I have read this series a half a dozen times and I can still read it again. I love the characters and it'd written very well . I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.
If i have nothing else might get the next book in series but most likely going to look at cliff notes. Nicks Podehl performance was good.
The social aspects of this book are so far off reality. The main character is bipolar, lashing out in anger at both friend and authority figures if there points of view don't match his and somehow that anger always bends them to his will? The plot is the same no mater where the main character travels he makes enemies with someone high in social peaking order but wins over someone just above them so they can't really hurt him. First and most of the second book always states how bad he is with or doesn't understand women but hes hired to coach one of the most powerful man in the kingdom to do just that...cough. Oh wait and while in his service he becomes a sex god thanks to a fairy lady who apparently is so lovely no man can resist but she seems more his puppet then hers? The books course does make you wonder what will happen next but the writer may be good at creating story line his social interaction writing skills are lacking so badly it ruined this book.
The story was better than the first. But the authors attempt at poetry is nauseating. The attempt at poetry is a Shakespeare rip off "you are like the moon" Blah Blah Blah
It is a brilliant book, amazingly written, It has a mystique about it, can't wait for the next book!