"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man."
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.
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1 . Enjoyed it thoroughly
Posted September 24, 2011 by AMR , Mission, KSI read it from start to finish and never once thought "get on with it already" or skipped ahead to see if it would pick up.
It was well written, I enjoyed the character development and can't wait for the 3rd installment in the series to see the show down between Kvothe and the Chandrian (and see if he gets his ability to use magic back)
2 . Fiction fans won't want to skip over this one.
Posted September 12, 2011 by Sprigum , Bentonville, ArkansasFirst off, after reading the first Rothfuss book "The Name of the Wind" I was pretty well hooked.
If you've made it this far you've probably endured the slowish beginnings of the First book and are looking for another admission ticket.
Rothfuss' skill and voice really come to fruition in this second book. The second book seems paced much faster than the first and carries that very unique second person narrative where we toggle between Kvothe and an omnicient narration.
In this particular addition to the series Kvothe will spend more time outside the university and less time toiling away in the fishery. This is ultimately for the better I believe, it places much less emphasis on the other characters that seemed to be getting too much attention and much more on developing Kvothe himself.
Kvothe is also seemingly less of a boy genius than he was in the first book. He is slowly becoming a very clever, but not so overly smart. This is a nice change that Rothfuss has made.
The only thing I can knock Rothfuss on in his writing in that he sometimes throws us into situations and I'll literally be taken aback, "where did this come from?!"
The first book had a few of these moments, but this one has a few more. They aren't detrimental to the reading, but can break the immersion a bit. I think its a very difficult thing that occurs in the first person where the author is attempting to limit his perspective to a single character and sometimes slipping.
In the end though if you enjoyed the first book, you'll like this one even more. The first book earned 4 stars from me. This one is easily a 5 star read.
3 . Loved it
Posted April 28, 2011 by Darwin , DallasGreat story,well written, I love this author.
4 . I don't see the fascination.
Posted April 16, 2011 by VelvetReader , Minneapolis, MNThis series is boring. I really don't understand why people like them. You hope that the story will eventually pick up speed or go somewhere that makes sense, but all it does is meande through the life of a character you find yourself unable to care about or like. I don't see why this is getting any critical acclaim, other than the fact that it's different. I guess boring is different.
There are so many better series out there. Don't buy this if you don't have a lot of hours to waste on a series of books that will only frustrate you. (Especially with the way he has them end without telling you much nor letting you have a hint of where he's going next. *yawn*)
March 01, 2011
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