"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.
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.
Long time Fantasy fan.
If you have enjoyed the Name of the Wind, I don't doubt that you will listen to Wise Man's Fear. So far, this series has been my favorite fantasy story, period. The writing is fluid and the world is rich with detail without becoming bogged down by details or vocabulary. You never feel as if the writer is taking too much time describing a tree or a wall, the writing stays with the story. The thoughts of different characters are also portrayed naturally through their statements and actions and not through dry description. In all the writing is very fresh and witty.
The only complaint I had with Name of the Wind, a lack of dynamic female characters, is alleviated in Wise Man's Fear. Women now take on tropes other than Damsel in Distress and have more subtle motivations.
I have only listened to Nich Podehl's performances in this series, but the performance is outstanding. After listening to the books 4 times, I am reading them in print and can still hear the performance clearly in my mind. At this point in the story, he has discovered the voice for each of the main characters (in early segments of Name of the Wind, Will and Simmon don't have their 'distinctive' voice). This book is really well written, and the performance by Nick only adds to the experience. It is enough to make me look into other books based solely on his performance.
I only hope that Rothfuss will put as much detail and thought into all of his stories, even if it takes years to complete, the final experience will be much more valuable.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Now that I have finished and must wait for the next sequel. This is one of my best reads of the year and I have gone through quite a few books. This series is easily in my top five overall. Once I started I could not stop listening, and for a 43 hour long book that is impressive. I do admit to having a similar experience with the first novel in the series and I have been saving this sequel for a nice summer read.
The Wise Man's Fear Day 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicles is in line with the previous novel. It simply is the continuation of the story of Kvothe's life with some short interludes into his current timeline as a bartender. You get a better impression of how much things have changed for Kvothe in his life time. Kvothe is introduced to us in the university, but will leave for a time to travel and go on adventures with experiences of story book legend. Through song and sword we get an idea how he becomes a great hero and how rumors of his deeds spread through the land. There are so many different components to this story and each adventure he goes on was captivating for myself. Also, we see a darker Kvothe emerge.
My only complaints are that of a fan wanting more. A couple parts are quickly summarized over, such as Kvothe's trial and trip over seas. Still, it was cleverly done and we weren't short changed with the following stories. As adult as Kvothe may seem, he is still in his teenage years. There is still much more of his life to be told. But one thing is sure, this will undoubtably ruin my next read as any other book will have tough competition.
Lastly, the narration deserves praise as well. Nick Podehl does another excellent job with the voices and emotions of the characters, and helps bring life to the story.
I found the first book to be compelling, but lacking any great conflict. This one made up for any lack of climax in the last book and then some. This has become one of my favorite series and I can't even put into words exactly why. I've fallen in love with the characters. The pace of the story is not so slow that you're bored, but not so fast that the author seems rushed. It is simply a masterpiece and I can't wait for the next book. No seriously, I can't wait. I'm going to Patrick's house right now...
It's near, if not in, my top 10...
It's great! I've only heard him in this and Name of the Wind... and he did an excellent job in both.
Yes, and no... This story has so much more, in my opinion, than NotW, but with that comes more Denna... And she annoys me to no end. And Kvothe's devotion to her makes me want to pull my hair out.
If you've already listened to Name of the Wind... why are you even waiting!?
Everything. Excellent magic sys. Awesome characters and development, wonderful story, wonderful narration
Eh, that was topped off years ago
Yes, coming of age stories are usually loaded with banal insights but rothfuss keeps it clean and refreshing. The simple truths are best.
Lord and lady, not a dang thang
I have read many many books. Many times many;). I love a good series; LOVE a series and in general I have few restrictions for what I will read regarding fantasy. Drizzt, rand, cauthon, baggins, severian, shaftoe & waterhouse(tho Stephenson is not fantasy, he rocks, baroque cycle is amazing, masterpiece). The point is I have read much and will read mostly anything worthwhile. Of everything I have read, kvothe( main char) immediately ranked top dog. The characters are beautiful and immensely worth knowing. The magic system is tight and logical; fantastic and mundane in one. The story winds and weaves and keeps you guessing. The minor dual timeline(so far) only adds layers to an already beautiful onion of a story. The narrating is spot on. Perfect for the main character and the story. Fell in love with both writing and reading. My only complaint is that for now, my all time favorite story is not finished. I simply cannot say enough. Tho totally different genre, I never thought that Enders game would lose its top seat or the jack white Arthurian series or baroque cycle(historical fiction at its best). This is not only my favorite fantasy series, it is top book, top story, and top listen. Perhaps I was wrong and now I have indeed said enough.
I fell directly into this book and it carried by the whole way through. I really enjoy the character Kvothe, and his epic journey. He does seem to be able to do everything, but he isn't perfect, he fails at times, he is humbled. But, there is humor, interesting insights, and a fun story. I recommend.
I've listened to both books in the past couple of weeks. I'll say up front that I'm dreading the long wait until Day 3. Overall, I love this writer's style and I think the narrator does a great job with all the characters. This book did run a bit long in spots, especially when he was in the Fae (?). Part of my dissatisfaction with this book comes from the lack of progress through the character's life and not as much action. We've finished Day 2 yet we're only through a small period of Kvothe's life. I like the various plot devices the author has created, such as the rings, and the way he has wrapped the story around them. I'm not sure that I find the actions of certain major characters whom Kvothe has helped as being very credible or likely. And, as much as I like the thought of Dena, this part of the storyline is starting to grate on me. They're living in a time where you either walk or go by horse yet they bump into each other all over the world. Really? I'd like some plausible explanation for these "coincidental" encounters. I hope that's forthcoming in Day 3. Maybe she's a plant by the Seven. Who knows? I'd like to see her be something more than just an irritant in the future. But, based on her flaws, I don't know that she can be anything more and still live within the boundaries of her character without seeming contrived. I feel like the author has painted himself in a corner with her character with no way out other than a convenient plot turn.
Either way, I'm still looking forward to the next one. I know by the time it comes out, I'll have to listen to these again to have the details fresh in my head. But, it'll be worth it!
I say 5 stars with a but because the first 5 or so hours and last 5 hours are very slow and hard to get through. During those first five hours hours I wanted to stop listening many times but kept with it and glad that I did. I loved the middle 30 hours of this book and they more then made up for the slow start and finish. As I was listening to last few hours I realized my one problem with the book which are chapters where Kvothe is trying to woo Dena. SMALL SPOILER! OK, I realize Dena has some serious issues and that she and her patron are going to be a major story line in book three, however all these chapters are essentially the same in this book and the first one. They meet, interact, and depart without coming together or moving apart. At the end of this book Kvothe basically knows as much about Dena as the first day he met her. Rothfuss keeps hammering us over head with Dena and i guess those chapters really started annoying me. As i wrote we're two books in and Kvothe hasn't gotten anywhere with Dena. At some point you have to $#!+ or get off the can. I don't mean to harp on that small issue, maybe it's just me. that said, I can't recommend this book enough though. Get it, you wont be disappointed. Rothfuss is as much a poet as writer and stands shoulder to shoulder with any writer out there. I really enjoyed listening to the words that he wrote. Listen and you'll understand. In my opinion Rothfuss, brent weeks, scott lynch, and of course george r.r. martin are the best fantasy writers right now. Yes, I even rate them over brandon sanderson, sacrolege, I know..
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