"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.
The narration is probably the best I have ever heard; no emotion seems faked, no reaction lost in translation.
Simon; I feel like I am him, to a degree.
This book makes me weep, the prose is so beautiful and deep-cutting.
What Rothfuss lacks in abbreviation, he makes up for in Tolkien-esque attention to detail and beautiful exposition. When he talks about love, hate, revelry, and other emotions or reactions, you can't help but sit back in your seat and sigh, like you've just eaten the finest example of whatever it was occupied your plate. It is stunning, just stunning. One thing I find funny about the series, however, is that it is supposed to be told over a three-day period, but this volume alone goes on for almost two days'-worth of narration time, which does not count the times when the novel passes over periods of hours in the "real world" while the story is on pause. All in all, it seems that Kvothe would have to have told this story over five of six days by the end of it, not three. Still, it's just a playful jab at the author's expansive narrative, the time taken to relate which is much appreciated.
Downtown Seattle Resident, IT Professional, born in Montana and raised in Saudi Arabia. Like books about the world, political and social movements and changes, interested in how people think and how philosophies and belief systems have changed and evolved.
better oave and more interesting than the first book in tjis series. but still lacking mature or complex character development. the scenes, travels, languages, and people are imaginative and interesting.
The performance by the reader definitely aids in the overall visual tapestry that Rothfuss has written for us all. Though I'm saddened by the way our hero's current depiction is, the stories are full and vibrant as it feels told from the hero himself. I'm excited to read the future installments.
A lot of people can say I've read quite a bit. So they worksheet do much to get toy to read my review. If you love fantasy and you have a hard time finding new books that are up to the standard that Hobb, Tolkien, Williams, Anthony, Bradbury, Nix, Sanderson, Neiman and others have set, here is such a book. Rothfoss, we will remember you.
The story wasn't a bad story and despite me not loving it, it was compelling enough for me to at least finish it. And the writing is not bad. It's great. Really there are tons of great things about it I just hated the main character. He was a trouble making cocky emotional kid that I could not relate to in the least and more often then not I just couldn't stand his choices and behavior; and that was really what ruined it for me. He was not someone I cared to read more about, just the world that was made around him.
I think this is a great story. the writing is witty and pull in the imagination. I am afraid this story will only end in tragedy, giving me the viseral Fear im sure Bas feels.
hopeful for redemption in the 3rd part.
Absolutely, Pat's writing grasps your attention and pulls you into a world of fantasy and wonderment. I absolutely adore these books and the detailed storytelling of Mr. Rothfuss.
Well, if you haven't read the first book(Name of the Wind), you are missing out. But to compare this book to another story is to compare wine to grape juice. This book is so great, so original, that I do not have a comparison novel.
He grasps the idea of character nonconformity so well. His voice inflections, accents, and tone for various characters is absolutely incredible. He is one of the reasons I purchased the audiobook. He narrates this story with great pride and that is what I have enjoyed thus far.
I was surprised at the ending of this book. It seems like the story was smoothly laid out throughout the novel. A slow, steady pace enticed the reader to continue. However when the conclusion was upcoming, the story line rapidly resolved situations and areas of the story that could have been expanded upon, broken into additional stories, or even used for reference later on.
Great Story Pat! I hope I can read everything you write. I love your work and your cause.
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