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
Patrick Rothfuss and Rupert Degas between them have made all subsequent listening completely unsatisfying by comparison. Seriously, haven't enjoyed anything as much before or after. Both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's fear came to about 90 hours of listening and it was still not nearly enough. Please, please Mr Rothfuss, complete the trilogy (more would be good as well) and please, Audible, make sure Rupert Degas narrates it.
Aussie truckie, on the long haul!
Rupert Degas does this book justice!!! but the story probly would've been just as good with a lesser narrater than he, absolutely get this follow on from the 1st amazing book!!! this book is among a rare few that made me want to drive all night to finish it.
What a breath of fresh air. Extraordinary characters are made believable and relatable. Love the series and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book.
Thankyou to Patrick Rothfuss for retiring from being a professional student and becoming a talented author. Please keep it up.
Thankyou to Rupert Degas for turning the words into a magical experience.
I love reading many different styles of books. Lately, I have been more into fantasy (a trend started by a Song of Ice and Fire, that led me to the Mistborn Trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Wheel of Time...) The books that captivate me the most are the ones with the most well-thought characters and well told story... something mundane can be made wonderful by a good writer.
After reading the first book and loving it, I had to read the sequel. This book is excellent as well, with some parts going on for too long, but the story more than makes up for it. I can't wait for the third book to come out!
The performance of Degas.
Beside Kvothe, Felurian, because what she brings to the story.
He give amazing life to all the characters. He is hands down the best performer of the once you'll find in audible
Made me laugh several times
This story is going to have you on the edge all the time. All the parts have a meaning so be patient when it appears to drive away from the main plot. The Felurian part is wonderful!My only complain is why it was decided to divide the book in 2 parts? The other version found here is just one audiobook of forty-something hours so why not Degas' one? I could not help to feel that they want to leech more money from the consumers. It is still worth to pay for this version that is divided in two because Degas really injects something that the other performer cannot match. This is the only reason because I did not give it 5 starts on the overall category.
As with all books in this series, I found the story detailed but not bogged down. I like the fact that the Hero is not your typical Hero type from Fantasy, not a Dudley Do-right but not a knave either. Qvothe is a realistic hero with his own flaws and sins, like pride and despite a fantasy setting, I think he is easy to relate to and also frustrating for that reason.
There are many interesting characters but of course I would have to say Qvothe is my favourite, quickly followed by Auri. It is hard to say why Qvothe is my favourite, aside from the fact he is the main character, there is a good man inside but one that is not afraid to act for the greater good in the blink of an eye, regardless of consequences, doing bad things for good reasons at times
I think Rupert's narration is outstanding, his voice reminds me of Richard Burton and suits the story quite well and his range of character voices is astonishing, they fit and I can't imagine hearing the characters any other way now.
It has made me laugh, brought tears to my eyes, made me angry at and on behalf of Qvothe.
Aside from wishing the KingKiller Chronicles were complete so that I would not have to wait for further instalments I would recommend this series to anyone and I have done with my friends. I know most books are aimed at a trilogy however there is a lot of ground to cover if there is only going to be 3 books and I hope that there will be more from Qvothe and his Friends and Enemies for years to come.
Part two of the flawless follow up of the first book, just as amazing as the first book. Rupert Degas' narration remains unchanged and consistent, giving the life and voice to the numerous characters Rothfuss created so well. I can't wait for the third book to finally come out and give me yet another experience like this.
Best fantasy book I've read/heard for a long time. Credible and interesting characters, excellent storyline told in a unique way. Can't wait for the 3rd book.
"The problem with a trilogy..."
I find that the problem with trilogies is that either 1) book #2 becomes the stuffing in the middle and nothing very much happens, or 2) the second book is just as good as the first, and when it finishes you go charging off to download the final instalment to find it's not yet released, so then you go off to the author's website to find there isn't even an indication of when the third instalment will be written! Much frustration and gnashing of teeth....and trawling through audible looking for a substitute fix (unsuccessfully). This book undoubtedly falls into the latter category!! A worthy sequel. (Although some might say that to suck one's audience into a tale like this, and then leave them hanging is positively cruel. Far too many loose ends, and inticing hints at what is to come)
The only time I felt concern that we might be entering "padding it out territory" was when Kvothe begins to study the Ketan, and with it the never-ending and unresolved exploration of the philosophy of the Lethani. Apart from this, the pace of the first book is maintained. Kvothe remains the imperfect yet very likeable hero.
The interludes, set in the present with the very much weaker Kote, are surely setting the scene for a rich third and final instalment? ....come on Patrick Rothfuss, gives us a clue as to when we can expect the completion of Kvothe's story.
I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance. He manages to give every character a unique, and fitting voice - even for the wormen. Masterful.
"It stole me away... next book please!!!"
Wow! why oh why do I have to wait for the 3rd book! feel sort of empty now :'(
I have always been a huge fan of audio books, ever since listening to them as a young boy.
However now 21, it seemed I had slowly moved away from story books as my life matured...
It was only a whim and a decision based on the positive reviews of both Patrick Rothfuss books that I made the plunge and bought them both, and THANK GOD I did! Never have I fallen so deeply in love with a story. So expertly and masterfully read by Rupert Degas I must say.
It had me laughing, shaking with anger, teary eyed and on occasions even somewhat jealous! ;) Right from the first book through till the last chapter of the second book. That's no exaggeration.
If you are doubtful, do what I did and take a leap of faith, you wont ever look back I promise.
I enjoyed this story immensely. I love the huge detail, the links, the way people act and think - it's all portrayed with depth and style. Cultures are described (with interesting ideas and thoughts) the magic is difficult and can have a cost. Rupert Degas does a really fabulous job of reading the story. It really couldn't be better.
Listen to it - you (probably) won't be disappointed. If you enjoyed Book 1 (Name of the Wind) you definitely won't be.
I couldn't stop listening - wonderful story superbly narrated by Rupert Degas (one of the best narrators I've listened to).
"A must download, you won't regret it!"
Well narrated, well written, great story, great characters, great development... Everything about this book and in fact this whole series is just fantastic. I was gripped, enthralled and totally addicted.
This book remains brilliant I'm still captured and intrigued by all the characters
can't wait for part 3 hope it won't be long
"Excellent and capturing story - what a joy!!!"
I have purchased both books in the series without prior knowledge of the book. It has been an excellent choice. I have become big fan of Patrick Rothfuss and cannot wait for the third installment. Rupert Degas is narrating this book and it adds to the enjoyment. He is the best narrator I have come across in the past three years. I will be searching also for books being read by him.
Highly recommended overall.
"This is a brilliant second part to the trilogy"
If you liked the first book then you will love "The wise man's fear". Brilliantly written captivating story line and rich deep characters. Can't wait for the final installment of the "King Killer Chronicles".
I could write lots. In fact I did. Instead, I'll just say these few things:
1. If you read the first, then you're mind is made up to get this as well. My review is simply stalling you.
2. If you haven't read the first one then get them both, or read my review, then get them both.
This was perhaps one of the best audio book series I've ever listened to, if not the best. The story is gripping and beautifully written. Despite the synopsis given, it is far from a glamorous hero novel and there is peril and tragedy at every turn. The narration is stunning and varied, Degas has clearly worked incredibly hard and it shows as I realised toward the end, I thought of the voice as Knvothe's not an actor playing a character.
"A Song of a book!!"
Patrick Rothfuss's storytelling is so powerful, so strong.
Capturing its essence is not easy - to me, this novel is a dance between light and darkness. A symphony of a story. It takes you to a place within yourself...
I have had the pleasure to listen to both books of this trilogy and anticipate the third eagerly...
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