"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.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
I fell in love with THE NAME OF THE WIND earlier this year and quickly fell down the rabbit hole that is this fandom and I am totally okay with not surfacing any time soon. I knew I wanted to inhale THE WISE MAN’S FEAR shortly thereafter but knew the wait for the third book would be excruciating… but decided to forge ahead anyway!
THE WISE MAN’S FEAR pulled me even deeper into Kvothe’s story and I’ve gotta say, these characters are just amazing. I said it in my review for THE NAME OF THE WIND too but Patrick Rothfuss is so amazing at getting the reader invested in a character. I quickly grew to care deeply for Kvothe and the story that he’s telling makes me extremely uneasy because we keep popping back to the “present day” story where Kvothe has ended up (unknown how to the reader still) and is (no spoilers — this is literally how the first chapter of the first book ends) waiting to die. So… this still hasn’t changed yet? Kvothe isn’t magically going to live now? This is the conundrum I feel with Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle (also not a spoiler — it’s the first chapters as well). I’m so invested in these characters and the author tells the reader up front that X character WILL die. And despite it all, I still try to believe things will be okay. I’m a constant emotional wreck.
Listening to Kvothe has made me believe that he can get himself out of anything — even the most terrible situation, although he may not come out unscathed — so I have hope for the future and yet I know that Patrick Rothfuss will still destroy us. Any which way you slice it, I’ve really enjoyed listening to Kvothe’s story and I just love his narration as well (he is Edema Ruh, so naturally). I will say that I thought the story flowed a bit better in THE NAME OF THE WIND than in THE WISE MAN’S FEAR, though. I was wanted about Felurian and while I didn’t severely dislike her, she still was far from likeable for me and the section of Kvothe’s story with Felurian did feel like it started to drag after a while. It definitely had its importance (like, a reall, really big thing happened) and I wasn’t really bothered by it (though Felurian herself is a bit much to handle sometimes. It’s the “child-like” aspects. True immaturity really gets me), I did think it carried on too long and could have been condense. I think I also liked the story line of THE NAME OF THE WIND a bit more because it felt a bit more localized. It took place mostly at the University (once Kvothe arrived) but Kvothe actually has a few travels throughout THE WISE MAN’S FEAR. I did like exploring this world a bit more but sometimes I’m not ready for that leap from the setting I’ve grown to know and love!
There’s too much of this book to get into the plot bit by bit but really just love how everything comes together. I still love that there are so many things that we DON’T know and how much we discover in each book. The world is so solid and alive and cohesive that it makes me wish I could just jump right in and yet there’s still so much to discover about Kvothe, his life, and how he ended up at the inn, waiting to die. (Honestly. My heart drops having to keep saying that.)
These books are truly wonderful and I love the time I’ve spent with them so far! I hope no one minds how into this fandom I am now (since I’m a late-comer) but I am so incredibly invested in this story and these characters! Now the hardest part will be waiting for the next book…
the fact that the narrator put so much effort in making sure every character had a distinguishable voice was remarkable. The part in which really highlighted this was when he and tempi and his teacher.
fantastic story and my new favorite narrator.
lovely story telling. can not wait to read the next volume
Nick Podehl does a phenomenal job narrating this first person fantasy story, of the life of the young protagonist, Kvothe. This second part in a yet incomplete trilogy chronicles his vivacious, curious life - from his departure from the University, on to his adventures over a continent. Rothfuss' storycraft is engrossing, and his characters well thought out. The thoughtful plot, though linear, has subtle intrigues, the lampooning of authority figures, defense of the innocent, and the growing pains of an awkward youth assuming the mantle of the hero/antihero of his time.Rothfuss' world is enthralling, and he is a masterful writer whose ability to capture the imagination and hearts of his readers is unparalleled.
I truly enjoyed listening to this book until the very end. It really doesn't have an end. It's not exactly a cliff-hanger either. More like running into a brick wall. Everything stops without conclusion.
I wouldn't presume to know anything about writing a book. I do enjoy series that resolve some plot lines in each new volume and introduce new ones. I didn't get that feeling at the end of this. It was kind of like sex that is interrupted. Lots of build up and no payoff.
Podehl is a wonderful choice for the voice of Kvothe. And he does an impressive and entertaining job of differentiating the other characters in the book. These books are 2 or 3 times longer than the typical novel so I spent a lot of time with Podehl and never felt like he was droning on.
In spite of the ending I'm truly invested in this series and will pay to find out what happens to Kvothe. Rothfuss has added wonderful twists and turns to the young man's quest. I hope for his sake, and Kvoth's, that he is able to move the story along a bit in the next much anticipated entry.
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