"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me."
So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man's Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society.
While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's Road. All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents.
Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived... until Kvothe.
In The Wise Man's Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
Not just another day: listen to more in the Kingkiller Chronicles.
©2011 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Those in fear of a "sophomore slump" should look elsewhere. This is the stunningly excellent follow-up and second part of a proposed trilogy to "The Name of the Wind". I devoured this book. I am going to listen to it again with my wife, and that is a rare thing. After finishing this wonderful tale of old evil, love, loss, mischief, grief, song, cleverness, jocularity, beauty, and fantasy. I turned to my wife and said "you have to read these, they are wonderful". Our literary tastes never cross paths, but this is a tale I don't think anyone should miss. To not pass these along to others is neglect.
There are passages in this book that are achingly beautiful and so well written that I dispare for all others who attempt to write epic fantasy. There is a good deal of action too and it's never far from the main narrative of this installment. It's just that Rotfuss crossed the line with this book. There is passable fantasy, good, and even excellent fantasy. This, this is pantheon fantasy, this is why I read the genre, dare I say "tolkienesque". It really is that good. What a great time to be a fantasy fan.
The narration continues flawlessly from the first book and Mr. Podehl gives an outstanding performance. I am rapidly becoming a fan of his work, I certainly will look for him in future listens.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
This review covers the first books of the series Kingkiller Chronicles. Some fantasy can be exhausting: Dan Simmons, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, even sometimes Neil Gaiman. Their stories can take your breath away but sometimes, also, knock the wind out of you with a force. Patrick Rothfuss is not about that. He is more about an easy-going kind of entertainment. These books do not knock you over with amazement, epic wars or adventure. They are more subtle and a great richness comes through in that subtlety. While usually light, do not be fooled; they contain a depth and richness that is just easy to read and easier to appreciate. This is nothing short of outstanding fantasy prose and character development. These stories are long but not too long. Rothfuss does not ramble. The continuity of the protagonist Kvothe’s stories is there but not so complex or convoluted that one can get lost over the span. While there are many characters there is a core of them that are easy to know and become invested in. The stories are more about people and their relationships than about what the wizard-in-training is actually learning and practicing. At least the first two books do not contain that much magic but they do not leave you wanting either. They only leave you in great anticipation of the next book to come in the series. Nick Podehl’s reading is impeccable. I am loathe to say this is a great book for YA’s for fear it might deter older readers from venturing here. That would be a mistake. These are great books for readers of all age or gender.
I absolutely loved The Name of the Wind. This books is good, but a bit of a letdown. Don't get me wrong. If you liked Kvothe and The Name of the Wind buy this book now. It continues where the first left off pushing through Kvothe's adolescence and early adulthood. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of significant events concerning the main story take place. What we do get is a series of "side quests" that (if you've ever played an RPG) are essential to get from young stupid Kvothe to Kvothe the badass. They're enjoyable enough and worth a listen but pale in comparison the overall story going on here. Can't wait for the next installment in this fantasy series. Nick Podehl does a great job in the Narration.
I listened to this book for 8 straight hours today. I had to force myself to stop listening ........and i still want to put my headphone's back on.
I was afraid it wouldn't be able to keep up with the last one, but thus far it has exceeded my expectations.
The book was released March 1st. It wasn't up on audible yet so I went to a traditional book store and bought a copy.It is now 12:30 am on March 4th. I finished it 30 minutes ago, now audible has it up and I just bought a copy and am going to start it again tonight.
I read a hundred books a year and I've never done anything like this before.
Read the name of the wind, then read this. It's better in just about every way.
Amazing book. Amazing series. I basically haven't done anything for the past 3 days so I could listen to it all. Every time I read/listen to a story on this level, I feel empty when I have to wait for the next. I agree with the extra time spent on it. It was worth it.
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
It would have been nice if the questions about "the seven" and the "Amyr" started becoming apparent. We still don't know much about either. It would have been nice if Kvothe stopped whining over Dena. It was one of the more annoying parts of the story.
It was very scattered. The first book was incredibly easy to get into. You felt connected to the characters and what they were doing and you were ok with the general gist of the plot. I had no idea where this book was going and frankly it took me on a long slog that went something like this: Ginger whines about his life, gets into slap fight with rival, nearly gets expelled from university, moons over girl he has a crush on, whines about said girl, decides to leave the country after big fight with said girl, magically gets dream job working for super powerful Mayor (at age 16 with no experience or money this totally makes sense to land this job right?), gets put in charge of actual adults who don't like him, whines more about girl crush, gets stuck in fairyland with another hot girl (conveniently forgets all about original crush), spends lots of naked time in fairy land with unbelievably hot fairy girl, eventually comes back to human world, whines about original girl crush, goes to a foreign land where he gets beat up by lots of girls, whines about original girl crush, decides it's time to go back to university, whines some more about girl crush.
The performance was awesome. Nick Podehl's narration really brought the characters to life and was one of the saving graces of this audiobook. I would have lost interest if I were reading it instead of listening to it.
The story could have gone without most of the Faye/Felurian experience. It was much too long and drawn out/completely unbelievable. The story really lost me at this point. His martial arts training was ok.....but not believable or convincing. About a third of the entire book actually didn't need to be there.
Maybe have the author not impose his fairy sex fantasies into his work? It detracts from the plot.
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.
If you enjoyed The Name of the Wind (Day 1), you will most likely enjoy The Wise Man???s Fear (Day 2). When I was listening to this book, I only hoped it would be the equal of the previous book. I can confidently report that, in my opinion, it is at least as enjoyable. I cannot wait for Day 3. I hope the ending doesn???t break my heart. I am beginning to fear it might.
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