Rothfus is aware of generic conventions and is capable of dealing with them with complexity and deliberation. At times this misfires. The love interest with the repulsive Dena should be excised from the novel, for instance. Indeed, these parts can be skipped without much damage to the narrative; one suspects that the subplot is an afterthought, even if the excruciatingly mysterious patron turns out to be (surprise) crucial to the hidden truths etc.. There are some good fight scenes, some satirical insights into America's bizarre version of tertiary education, post-structural Magic and a convincing if slow bildungsroman. The sex scenes are a little awkward and the homophobic humour is a puerile.
This book was every bit as well written and entertaining as the last, but where the 1st book would have received a PG or PG-13 rating, this book moved beyond R with many explicit scenes, extended discussions of sexual topics and more and and stronger cursing throughout.
nick is truly good. his tempi was astounding. he can do mant different accents. my only complaint is that the cob voice is used a bit to much, which i can sympathize with because i bet its hard to make that many voices. anywho, great job.