Part Two of The Wise Man’s Fear, sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.
Picking up the tale of Kvothe King killer once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic… and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Sent by the Maer to hunt bandits, Kvothe finds his body, mind and magic pushed to limits he's never before experienced. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as The Name of The Wind, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must for all fantasy fans. Engaging and gripping The Wise Man’s Fear is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.
©2011 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
I loved Kvothes journey into the Fey and to Ademre
Kvothe of course! Followed closely by Baste when the interludes happen. Dayna iritaes me no end!
Wonderful characters, accents and tension
"Anyone who read book1 won't hesitate!"
Same amazing narration and character creation. The book does drag slightly from the second half and doesn't progress as far as expected in what is supposed to be a trilogy. Well worth hearing, and anyone who liked book 1 won't hesitate to read this one. Just a shame that the third seems a long way off. At this time Oct 2014 from a search of internet it doesn't seem close, which is annoying a lot of fans!
"Believe the Hype...."
Superb. Never been so keen to get the installment of any series, hoping that there may even be a book 4 even though it would mean even more waiting! 2016 I think for book 3 :(
"Kvothe is totally hot!"
After two long books we really start to get to know the main character. And the truth is... he is absolutely the sexiest character I've read about! A smart author makes smart characters, and I love it. The book is so well written and well narrated that I always carry a smirk on my face listening to it.
Looking forward to the next book!
"Difficult Second Album"
The Wise Mans Fear is overall very enjoyable, but there are occasionally parts of the story that start to drag. Never more so than when the tale engages with Kvothe on a romantic footing. Kvothes love life is often tedious and reads like a boys fantasy. I don't think the book was improved by it, and it'll only serve to alienate some female readers.
Rupert Degas, one of the best narrators I’ve come across, he delivers a brilliant performance to bring the books to life. I’ll definitely look out for more of his work.
I love the continuity of the story. It picks up seamlessly from where The Name Of The Wind left off. Too many times, the sequel is a weaker story than the first, and you feel let down. That is NOT the case here.
There is no loss of power in the storyline, and it has kept me spellbound from the first word to the last. Every time. And while I've been waiting for the last volume of this wonderful story to grace my ears, I've listened to the first two four times.
There are too many to count.
But I may have one particularly soft spot when it comes to Auri. Every encounter with Auri is touching, and the duality of her nature is perfectly captured in Pat Rothfuss' beautiful description combined with Rupert Degas' sensitive, empathic reading.
His voice paints the characters with vivid colours, and makes them come to life in a way my simply reading the words could have never done.
Every character has a distinct and recognisable voice. You can tell just by listening to their voice whether they are young or old, or whether life has been hard or easy on them.
He makes you yearn to meet many of the characters - impossible as that may be.
Some of them so you can kick their ass - Ambrose comes to mind, as does Lady Lackless; some of them to give them a hug, even though they wouldn't let you, like Auri, and at times Kvothe himself.
And some to talk and drink and laugh. Like Bast. I think I'm a little bit in love with Bast.
Lord of the Rings with teeth. Maybe.
I can't think of a harder act to follow. I may be stuck with Mr. Rothfuss and Mr. Degas for the rest of my life.
And quite happily so.
"one of the best"
Patrick Rothfuss gives a life to characters and places that so few authors manage to convey. If you don't become engaged with the characters in here, you probably don't like fantasy. I found that when my favorites were left behind for a while, as a different part of the story unfolded, I would miss them and be impatient for their return. The epic plot takes the reader through a vast and contrasting universe that is realized so well, that if you close your eyes, you feel like you could be touching it. This would not be the case without Rupert Degas' amazing narration. So many narrators leave you wishing that they had simply recorded the book in Stephen Hawking's computerized voice, just to get some more life into the recording. A very few make you feel like you are in a play with a full cast. Rupert Degas is one of a handful of narrators that are so talented that they not only improve the book but give it a narrative quality, that is far better than it would have been by simply imaging the character's voices in your head.
I couldn't stop listening to this story so of course I will be listening to it again. I only wish I new when the next book was coming out as it is one I will buy immediately.
The only negative thing is that I agree with another reviewer, it is very poor of Audible to split these books in to two parts, so that to get the trilogy you will have to pay for the cost of six books. That being said, if they split it into quarters I'd still pay the price just because it is rare to find a fantasy audio-book of this quality.
absolutely loved it. Couldn't put it down gripping from start to finish. great start to a new epic
Such a fantastic series of books, great story and splendid narrator , can't wait for the third book
"Leaves you hanging at the end."
Enjoyable but not as good as book 1
Having said I wasn't as pleased with book 2, I will be getting book 3! So not that bad.
"Still good reading material"
This fourth part is just as entertaining and enjoyable as the rest of the series. The main love story is still clunky and extremely drawn out, and by this point in the series it really started to affect my overall enjoyment of the book.
The main character Kvothe also gets a bit annoying by this point. For most of the series he's nearly perfect, completely inpeachable in his morals, but occassionally he acts like a complete idiot for no apparent reason and screws everything up and then mopes about it. He's a bit too close to the stereotypical good-hearted young hero to be truly engaging for a series of this length.
However, don't let these issues put you off if you enjoy fantasy. Rothfuss is a superb storyteller and this book is a cracking read.
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