The Wise Man's Fear
The Kingkiller Chronicles
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“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. 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, 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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A truly wonderfully novel. Some books you read and discard, never thinking about them again. But The Wise Man's Fear will leave a small piece of itself inside your soul and leave you thinking life is better for it.
It doesn't get better...
So, let me just say that I think I'm being generous with a three-star review....
I have all the same complaints as I did for the first book: boy wonder, know-it-all, I-can-do-that-slash-just-did Kvothe is the most lazily written character that I've ever read. There is absolutely no intrigue in a character that can't fail. I mean, I'm sure he will fail catastrophically in the third book because that's what all this perfection is (clearly?) about. But until then, a 1000 page book of Kvothe being all "I've got this" is mucho irritating.
I also stated in my first review that Name of the Wind brought absolutely nothing new to the genre. And boy! did the Adem ever adhere to that statement! A two-dimensional race of highly skilled fighters from a rugged land? Hello Haruchai (Thomas Covenant)! Oh, our protagonist is going to be trained by them and learn fast enough to impress the elders? Hello Rand Al Thor and the Aiel (Wheel of Time)!
I had a discussion with a coworker (I work at a bookstore) after I finished the first book about how I felt like this series had the slight feel of a better-written Wheel of Time series. Then BAM! The Adem happened.
And, much like The Wheel of Time, I question Rothfuss' ability to complete the story in a trilogy. I fear another multiple-book expansion in our near future, especially considering how long this book stretched on without really advancing the story. Oy!
This is an outstanding and beautiful novel to read. This is my second favourite book (The Name of The Wind being my first) and it is gorgeous to read. It places images into your mind because it is so descriptive and you can see it happening. Wow. Just Wow