"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.
I've already read this book but I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook version of it. Nick Podehl did a wonderful job portraying Kvothe and the rest of the characters!
loved it. would listen again. The characters were performed well. the audio is as good as the printed version.
name of the wind made me love this world and this the charachters that live there. this story continued to enthrall and lead me along a life well told.
What a follow-up to the first book. Loved being able to listen in my car or at the gym
Great character development
Kvothe is attempting to cure Maer
I bought this because I hate to quit a story part way and assumed this story would get more interesting than the first book. It started out with chapter after chapter of trivial student nonsense that made up the second half of the first book. High school rivalry and romance is of 0 interest to me and a lot of time was spent on this. The main character is also an unbareable douche. His behavior and thoughts show him to be an idiotic arrogant child. He fawns over every woman he meets and cries almost every chapter. Does the writer seriously think this kind of self-obsessed arrogant ***hole makes a good hero? I immediately regretted buying this book after a few chapters. The book starts to get intetesting when the protagonist goes adventuring, but his personality was a constant annoyance despite the story being good. This guy constantly implies his race is superior and that being a musician is the best thing anyone can do with their life. The author doesnt understand intelligence at all if he thinks the behavior of his character matches the genius he is supposed to have. The performance was very good, with each character having a distinct tone/accent to distinguish them, and very well directed.
Love this series and will wait patiently for the next book. This book is more introspective then book 1 which makes it hard to love at times. it also has incredible scenes of action and the true wit of Kvothe, that we come to love. my slight boredom with some chapters keeps the 5 stars away, but overall still a lovely book and story.
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