Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
DAY TWO: THE WISE MAN’S FEAR
“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 a tale 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.
Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
—George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
—Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
—Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea
"The characters are real and the magic is true.”
—Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
—Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With book two of the Kingkiller Chronicle, Patrick Rothfuss jumps right back into the adventures of Kvothe, the wandering-minstrel-turned-epic-hero first introduced in The Name of the Wind. Wise Man’s Fear really makes us realize just how rich and diverse Rothfuss’ magical world is—it’s Tolkien-like, really. As the reckless and arrogant young Kvothe travels across the Four Corners of Civilization, we meet new characters whose thrilling deeds and tantalizing backstories hook us even further. We can’t wait for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s upcoming adaptations of Rothfuss’ series—and (it goes without saying) for Rothfuss to release the final book in his trilogy!
As seamless and lyrical as a song from the lute-playing adventurer and arcanist Kvothe, this mesmerizing sequel to Rothfuss's 2007's debut, The Name of the Wind, is a towering work of fantasy. As Kvothe, now the unassuming keeper of the Waystone Inn, continues to share his astounding life story a history that includes saving an influential lord from treachery, defeating a band of dangerous bandits, and surviving an encounter with a legendary Fae seductress he also offers glimpses into his life's true pursuit: figuring out how to vanquish the mythical Chandrian, a group of seven godlike destroyers that brutally murdered his family and left him an orphan. But while Kvothe recalls the events of his past, his future is conspiring just outside the inn's doors. This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence, and will leave fans waiting on tenterhooks for the final installment.
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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.
The Wise Man's Fear
It is so damn well conceived and so beutifully written .... loved every twist and turn of 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!