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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss: Book Review

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)
by Patrick Rothfuss
Penguin
ISBN: 9781101486405
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Description: 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 MANS 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 MANS 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.

The Good Stuff

  • Worth the wait (but it still was a long wait LOL!)
  • Incredible character development with Kvothe
  • Storyline picks up from where The Name in the Wind ended and it feels just like yesterday that you finished the first book
  • The effort Rothfuss put in to ensure each sentance is constructed without any words seeming out of place and having every paragraph flow smoothly throughout the book is evident right from the start. The man is a truly gifted writer
  • Light moments interspersed with introspective moments  - Rothfuss' humour shines throughout the novel
  • If you haven't read In the Name of the Wind first I think you will be quite lost, but if you have find a comfortable spot, crack the spine and and settle down into a wonderfully constructed and mesmerizing story
  • The characters are so incredibly lifelike and real -- no seriously
  • And once again I must mention I love the self-deprecating humor laced throughout the book
The Not so Good Stuff
  • a couple of times it was a little slow
  • I would really recommend reading In the Name of the Wind first and ok, how long am I going to have to wait for the next book -- I am not a patient women
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Sometimes leaving is the only thing you can do"



"You can divide infinity an infinite number of times, and the resulting pieces will still be infinitely large," Uresh said in his odd Lenatti accent. "But if you divide a non-infinite number an infinite amount of times the resulting pieces will be non-infinitely small, but there are an infinite number of them, if you add them back together, their sum is infinite. This implies that any number, is in fact, infinite."

"Wow," Elodin said after a long pause. He levied a serious finger at the Lenatti man. "Uresh. Your next assignment is to have sex. If you do not know how to do this, see me after class."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Definitely for fans of quest and fantasy fiction
  • Not for those who enjoy a quick read, this is a big one folks
  • Those who are not necessarily fans of fantasy fiction will still enjoy this if they give it a chance (If in doubt, check out Patrick's blog to get a taste of  his humor)
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

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