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The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2 | [Patrick Rothfuss]

The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

"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...."
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"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.

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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-07-11
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "44 hours are not enough"

    It is one of those books which you wont be able to put down. It has five sections, and I was dreading that book will come to an end at the start of 5th section. Like the first one, books just flows smoothly. The narrator does a great job as well and fits well for this style of book.

    The best way to provide a comparison for Pat's writing is that he writes like a great director makes a movie. Every dialog is deliver at the right time with right intensity. The affect is amazing even on small things that take place in the book.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone except for the people who have not read the first one : ) go read that one first.

    I hope Pat is working furiously to get us the next book soon : ) may be next month? We can hope cant we?

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 11-01-12
    Professor 11-01-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "I DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING COULD BE BETTER"

    IF YOU THINK 43 HOURS IS LONG THEN YOU ARE MISTAKEN!!!!
    THE TIME FLIES BY WITHOUT NOTICE THANKS TO IDEAL NARRATION OF NICK PODEHL.

    WHEN I FINISHED THIS BOOK I HAD ONLY ONE REGRET:

    THAT I WILL HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST FOR A FEW YEARS FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!

    PS
    AS OF OCTOBER 2012 THE 3RD BOOK IS MORE OR LESS WRITTEN, ACCORDING TO THE AUTHOR THE BOOK AT THE MOMENT IS 3-3.5* AND HE WON'T RELEASE IT UNTIL HE MAKES IT SOLID FIVE STARS.

    LETS HOPE THERE WILL BE NOT ONLY ONE BOOK BUT MANY MORE, AS CONTINUATION OF KVOTHE'S STORY.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Palenshus Canton, OH USA 05-28-11
    Craig Palenshus Canton, OH USA 05-28-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "A great story nearly ruined"

    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.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Robert K Albany, NY 02-12-12
    Robert K Albany, NY 02-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Skip it"

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Boise, ID, United States 11-10-11
    Aimee Boise, ID, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Performance, Lackluster Story"

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Eric B. MO, USA 12-30-11
    Eric B. MO, USA 12-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Needs an Editor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Editing, due to its overly long and mostly pointless side stories. Less focus on the lute. Way too many analogies


    What could Patrick Rothfuss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better editing. I think he likes to draw things out just to show how good he is with analogies. Several useless side stores to the central plot, were far too long. Reduce the frequency and length of sections dealing with music. We get it already, Kvothe is greatest lute player to have ever drawn breath.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Simply a great narrator. He deserves recognition just for getting through the ridiculously long and mostly pointless sections dealing with Felurian.


    What character would you cut from The Wise Man's Fear?

    Felurian. If this book is ever made into a movie this character will surely be greatly reduced if not cut completely. Maybe there is a role to play in the third book, but her teaching Kvothe to be master at pleasuring women serves no purpose in the core plot that I can see.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a dismal follow up to the

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ceres 04-29-12
    Ceres 04-29-12
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    "Over 42 hours of uninteresting and silly events"
    What disappointed you about The Wise Man's Fear?

    Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first installment "The name of the Wind". I really liked Rothfuss writing style and although there were things that annoyed me about the first book I thought that was a good book overall. Now, the second installment "The Wise Man's Fear" is another matter. I find it hard to believe that an author can write so much about nothing and some how people like it. 42 hours (I think the book is about a 1000 pages) and the plot doesn't progress one bit..not one bit...How can that be possible? Book two and Kvothe is still 16? I think at this pace we'll see the conclusion to the KingKiller Chronicles in 20 years, if we are not bored to death before!!!This book has NO PLOT, there is no excitement or big mystery, it only contains side events in the life of Kvothe. Events that are mostly unimportant for the plot and at times silly or boring but still they go on, and on and on. For example, all the hours/pages wasted in Dena and the Felurian. Really, what a waste of time, ink and Megabytes. Or what about the ridiculous ketan fighting thing? Really??? But of course we get no insight in potentially more interesting events. I'm starting to think that Mr. Rothfuss likes to write just to show his writing skills, just like some people like to talk just to hear themselves talk.Also, Kvothe's character in my opinions is very inconsistent in this book. At times his a very sharp/smart, street savvy, even mature, the next minute he is as naive and stupid as it comes. I found him less likeable and real because of these inconsistencies. Lastly, during the course of this book I got a strong feeling that Kvothe never becomes all that powerful or even competent throughout his life but instead he gets lucky during certain events, which are then exaggerated by story tellers and that's why he is telling "his real story". Hopefully, I'm wrong and that is not the case!


    What could Patrick Rothfuss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a plot for this book instead of writing about silly and inconsequential events.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Great Performance. I think he is the reason why I continued listening.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was completely disappointed with this book. Not sure if I'll continue to waste time and money in this "trilogy".


    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    randy Bella Vista, AR, United States 07-20-11
    randy Bella Vista, AR, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Meh..."

    I really thought the first book was great but reading Day 2 was an exercise in patience and stamina. Most of the book was exactly like the first one and where it wasn't it dragged on and on with Kvothe becoming so annoying in his own self love and descriptions of his colossal gifts that I kept listening just to get though it. I felt like the writer just needed to get a book out for the fans and really didn't try very hard. This is my own opinion and to each his own but I want my credit back....

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J Lopato 04-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "5 stars with a but"

    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..

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 06-03-15
    Kyle 06-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator has grown on me"

    I've come to terms with the narration, which I didn't particularly like while listening to the first book in this series. But as with most narrators the familiarity has bred acceptance and some appreciation, and I would likely find it jarring if the character voices and narration style all suddenly changed, particularly this many hours in -- both books so far are very, very long. But the story is quite enjoyable, and at no point did I want the author to just hurry up and move along. Everything felt relevant, or at least interesting enough not to miss. But the approach is also a bit unusual -- these are perhaps the longest origin tales I'm familiar with, and there remains quite a lot which has been dangled or suggested but the story hasn't gotten to. I'm eager for more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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