Monday, March 28, 2011

The Wise Man's Fear

Title: The Wise Man's Fear
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two
Genre: Fantasy
Published: 2011

Recommendation: If you haven't read The Name of the Wind, read it first, otherwise you don't need my recommendation to know that you want to read this book.
Rating: 10/10

Summary: Kvothe continues to narrate the tale of his adventures at the University and abroad.

Reactions: I've been waiting to get my hands on The Wise Man's Fear for a really long time, but the experience of reading the book made up for the wait. The book itself is quite beautiful. DAW didn't shortchange the book, the pages in the tome feel thin and silky to touch, but strong at the same time. I am really glad I've got the physical copy instead of buying it on Kindle.

The book begins with Kvothe continuing with his studies and intrigues at the University until he leaves for an adventure that takes him much farther than he expects and gains him a wide variety of experiences. I'll give a small spoiler in saying that some of those experiences are sexual and I almost feel like that chapter is reminiscent of Jacqueline Carey's work, though not nearly as explicit.

The beauty of this book is in its language, its flowing story, its absorbing surrounding, and its relationship developments. It's a long book and I enjoyed it from beginning to the end, the plot moved along at the pace that kept me interested, but the book had space to create the atmosphere and suck me into the story.

I didn't want the book to end, but eventually it had to. I rather liked how well many of the story plot lines were tied up towards the end of the book. Not to say that there isn't a cliffhanger, but the ending was satisfying. That will help me wait for the third book in the series.

And to leave you with a quote from the book:
There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.


  1. I have really strayed from multi-volume epic fantasy in recent times, but I'll give this series a try when it is completed.

  2. Sadly there's going to be a 2-3 year wait for the last book. It'll be well worth it though, I think.