"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.
Rothfuss is bar none, the best fantasy writer of all time. His story is not done. It has not yet fallen apart as George RR Martin's has. Its not too late for him to falter as an author. But right now, the two stories in KingKiller chronicles are an amazing feat.
Why this second installment is not quite up to Name of the Wind:
The story meanders. I like how the plot/story arch goes all over the place and how Rothfuss is not concerned with pulling everything together concisely. Instead, this work is too wordy. It would have benefited if great chunks were edited out.
I like how Rothfuss obviously saw this problem and chopped out pieces that probably weighed down the story even more than it is. (example the traveling from the university to the mayors castle).
What I think happened was story telling without tension.
Sanderson's Stormbringer books are a good example of what I am talking about. In Way of Kings, the main character is constantly oppressed. You feel this in the story. In Wise Man's Fear, Kvothe ends up in several episodes where tension lacks. (example, when he ends up in the fay world, thats a huge chunk of writing that kind of helps the story, but is also boring). The story lacks 'danger'.
Other than that quibble. this is a great book. 70% of it being perfect makes the 30% of excess worth plodding through.
Book 2 in the Kingkiller Chronicles, "Wise Man's Fear" is an exceptional journey into a fantasy world both strange and familiar. Patrick Rothfuss is an excellent writer who is masterful with the English language. His main characters are wonderfully composed and the secondary characters play their roles admirably.
Picking up where "Name of the Wind" left off, this begins day 2 of Kvothe's life story, as told to the famous scribe Chronicler. Kvothe is seeking anonymity posing as Kote, humble owner of the Waystone Inn. His apprentice, Bast, is also there as Kvothe relates the details of his younger life - details which would make his name legend. While the past is the main emphasis of the story, there are also goings on at the Inn that play a role in this novel.
As the story begins, Kvothe is still at the University learning the arcane arts, playing his lute in taverns and trying to earn enough money to pay his tuition. In search of a patron to sponsor his musical talent, he is given a promising lead and decides to take some time off of school and travel to a far land to meet a wealthy and powerful man. While there, he is sent out to capture or kill the bandits who have been terrorizing the main road into town. While in the forest looking for the bandits, he has a surreal encounter with the legendary faery of love. Upon leaving the forest, he travels to a new town where he is trained by a society of warriors known for their fighting prowess. He then returns to the University more experienced and wiser. All through his adventures, he pines for the beautiful Denna and continues to hope they might have a future together.
If you read the first book and were looking to have some questions answered, you will be sadly disappointed. In fact, I think this book raises more questions than it answers. But that will just make the third book all the more compelling, and I can hardly wait until 2017.
Nick Podehl does a masterful job reading this story. He captures the essence of the characters wonderfully and brings the beautiful world created by Patrick Rothfuss to life. If I closed my eyes, I could almost feel this magical world around me. I highly recommend this to any lover of fantasy.
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
(I took the author’s advice in the afterword of the “Slow Regard” 2.5 Novella.) Patrick Rothfuss’ wrote that many of his stories get better with a second reading. This proved true in both “The Name of The Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear.” I am patiently waiting for book 3. “The Wise Man’s Fear” provides a tremendous amount of back-story. I am glad it is in one large book, not several. I re-read both books back to back. I missed a lot the first time.
This is a book that can and should be skipped. In terms of advancing the plot of a trilogy, nothing happens. 40 plus hours of nothing. A good writer, but a huge book of subplot and filler. I doubt someone who goes straight from book 1 to 3 would even notice. It was entertaining in parts, but did not fulfill a sequels purpose. This is a collection of stories about the main character, it has nothing to do with the plot laid out in the first book.
I was completely surprised by this series and glad that I stumbled upon it. It's well written and keeps you involved as a reader the whole way. If you like wheel of time I think this is a series in the same class.
My expectations were extremely high after a terrific first book.The first half of this second book was excellent, but in the middle of the story, Kvothe gets sent on a man hunt with a small band of mercenaries and it started to drag. After that, the time with the Faye was ridiculous and felt like it would never end. I found myself fast-forwarding through parts. When that part of the story finally ended it then moved onto yet another irritating, somewhat boring part of the story. All the sex scenes from the middle of the story on felt out of place and out of character. And the backward, "enlightened" life of those in the mercenary town was just plain silly. After that, thankfully, the story turned back around and got very good again for the last 8 hours or so. It was also disappointing that this is an "R" rated book because I was hoping to be able to let my middle-school aged children listen to it.
I am a lover of fantasy and really wanted to love this book as it came so highly recommended. I read the first book and it had glimpses of a really good story, Kvothe’s tragic loss of his family his struggle to survive and his finally finding the relative security of the University with its friends and successes. I finished that first book feeling like there should have been more, more conflict, darker enemies, more life and death challenges and more magic. The second book is just difficult to even listen to. The story is not much more interesting than listening to the real life diary of a teenage boy. Kvothe has the added benefit of being a talented lute player and brilliant student knows some magic, but it’s really the story of a self-conscious geek who spends his time competing with his rival, pining for a girl and making one stupid choice after another. For me it’s just a long boring story…I regret buying it.
Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.
This tale goes on and on without the joy and excitement that accompanied the first book. The adventures become quite unbelievably packed into a few seasons.
I loved the world. Rothfuss built a beautiful, interesting world, but there were several events in the story that just made me wonder why I should care. I kept looking for the big motivator that tied in all of the events of Kvothe's life, but that key motivation had little or nothing to do with the storyline. In fact, at some points I thought I was reading about one man's D&D game. The only character who felt like he had any real depth to him was Kvothe, and the rest of the people on the page were just glorified NPC's.
That said, the world was awesome. The explanations of the magic system was great. I just wish there had been a clearer, tighter storyline that had a focused motivation for me to care about.
I have been waiting for this book for a while. Even reread the original recently so things would be fresh.
The first half is definitely good but I think he might have been pressured to finish during the second half. In some parts it felt to me as if they were just filler, and no it wasnt like R. Jordan, where he would flesh out the characters and the places, it felt like actual filler. Many things that did not add to the story or the characters.
Another complaint I have is that some of the actions and choices he made were down right dumb and went against the character, one time in particular seemed like it was done just to fit the story. Sadly i cant say which is it, because i'll spoil it.
It was so blatant that I actually said out loud "wow that was dumb", and no it had nothing to do with the girl.
I for one am disappointed, the book could have been so much more.
Dont get me wrong, I like the book, but he could have done much better by dropping a lot of the superfluous stuff.
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