Great story, can't wait for the next chapter (book). The two initial volumes paint a great adventure with lots of hints of deeds and challenges to come. Write faster!!
What's up with the ending?!!! I really enjoyed this book but was shocked when it came to the end. I sincerely hope it doesn't take the author 3 years to write the next book as it did this one.
Paul in Boston
I found the second installment to be a bit thick on "mythology-history" and thin on story line. There is more than a couple of hours of narrative that bored me to tears. A bit too serious for a "guilty pleasure". Lighten' Up!
The book was good, but it was too long. It should have been split into two books. I don't mind listening to long book if it's a little long. However, when the chapters start to get into the hundreds, I start to lose my taste in the book.
Kvothe continues to struggle to pay his tuition at the University, continues to engage in pointless juvenile rivalry with Ambrose, continues to have an on-again, off-again not-really-a-relationship with Denna, and continues his search for the secrets of the Chandrian. In the meta-story, it's day two of Kvothe's narration to Chronicler and Bast, and we get more dire portents and hints that the world is becoming a darker, scarier place, and that Kvothe is not the man he once was, if he ever really was that man.
I enjoyed every hour of it. It was all great storytelling, and while there were chunks of the book that could have been edited out, nothing was a waste or uninteresting. That said, Rothfuss has been credited with bringing something new and awesome to the table in the fantasy genre, largely with his inversion of expectations and his skillful use of all the fantasy tropes we know and love, treating them affectionately and knowingly while making something new with them. But the second book of the trilogy doesn't really do anything new, and in some ways falls back into the cliches I thought Rothfuss was subverting.
I liked the chapters where Kvothe is in the fey realm -- they were magical and mysterious and had a perfect fairy tale quality to them, and Felurian was hot and sexy and creepy and scary all at the same time -- just as I liked Kvothe's time among the Adem learning badass martial arts skills -- but Kvothe getting laid by pretty much any woman he shows an interest in felt like straight-up fanboy pandering, as did his becoming the equivalent of a black belt after a couple months of study.
This is a huge book, but it only covers Kvothe's life from age 15 to 16. So I'm not sure what Rothfuss is going to do for the finale. I'm hoping he actually ends the series in book three -- this story really needs a decisive, genre-rattling ending, not to become yet another interminable multi-book series. C'mon, Patrick Rothfuss, don't let me down!
I love this book, loved the first one. Its just hard to wait for the next in this series. On the other hand, with the long wait, it just means I get to listen to both books again.
he takes 5 years per novel, so each is masterful indeed,
its a jewel. Each sentence is refined, cadanced, eminced of useless words.
its just great fantasy !
While many commentators felt that this book was too long, I did not. Much of the time was filled with sub-stories and stories where the story teller tells a story. I found most of these facsinating in their own right. I must admit that some editing could have been used in the latter parts of the book, but overall I still found myself drawn in and intrigued. Of course I am now even more worried about Kvoth and what will become of him, but that is just the sign of a good story!
Rothfuss has done it again. Day 2 is just as good as Day 1. Kvothe's ventures kept me listening enthusiastically. Nick reads well and easy to listen to. The only bad part of this will be waiting for Day 3.
Read the first book just after it was released, and being an epic fantasy fan, I am more than used to long waits between books (Wheel of Time anyone??) but I don't think I have ever been more egar to read (or in this case listen to...) a sequal.
Amazing stuff, so simple and lovely a tale, that I could (and probably will) listen again and again.