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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 2: The Kingkiller Chronicle 2 [Paperback]

Patrick Rothfuss
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1 Aug 2011 The Kingkiller Chronicle

Sequel to the extraordinary THE NAME OF THE WIND, THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and a must-read for all fans of HBO's GAME OF THRONES.

Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic . . . and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord.

Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as THE NAME OF THE WIND, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must-read for all fantasy fans. Readable, engaging and gripping THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.



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  • Paperback: 993 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Export edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575081422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575081420
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Rothfuss had the good fortune to be born in Wisconsin in 1973, where the long winters and lack of cable television encouraged a love of reading and writing.

After abandoning his chosen field of chemical engineering, Pat became an itinerant student, wandering through clinical psychology, philosophy, medieval history, theater, and sociology. Nine years later, Pat was forced by university policy to finally complete his undergraduate degree in English.

When not reading and writing, he teaches fencing and dabbles with alchemy in his basement.

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T superb, number 2 Sunday Times bestselling, sequel to THE NAME OF THE WIND.

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The Kingkiller Chronicles: Day Two

'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.

My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.'

The man was lost. The myth remained. Kvothe - the dragon-slayer, the renowned swordsman, the most feared, fames and notorious wizard the world has ever seen - vanished without warning and without trace. And even now, when he has been found, when darkness is rising in the corners of the world, he will not return.

But his story lives on and, for the first time, Kvothe is going to tell it . . .

Praise for Patrick Rothfuss:

'The fantasy world has a new star' Publishers Weekly, starred review

'I haven't been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It's certain to become a classic' The Times

'The Name of the Wind has everything . . . it's humorous and terrifying and completely believable' Tad Williams

www.patrickrothfuss.com

978 0 575 11793 8

£7.99

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91 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The excellent parts outweight the bad 18 Mar 2011
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, Kvothe the Kingkiller. He is a legend but the real man is an enigma. A man named Chronicler is trying to find out the truth behind the legend by convincing Kvothe to tell him his life story, a task so long it will take three days to complete.

On the second day, Kvothe relates more of his time at the Commonwealth University, his ongoing feud with another student named Ambrose and his increasingly proficient studies in various areas. He also tells of his time spent in Vintas, serving a nobleman seeking to woo a lady, and learning the arts of combat in far Ademre. But how much of Kvothe's story is truth and how much is his own fabrication?

The Wise Man's Fear is the sequel to The Name of the Wind and the second in The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy. Since the trilogy was originally one extremely long novel split into three parts, The Wise Man's Fear has little preamble and not much of the climax. It starts, we follow the story for a time, and then it ends with little resolved. For a novel that is 1,000 pages long in hardcover, that should be a fairly damning comment.

Rothfuss's saving grace is his immense writing skill. He could make the telephone directory sound warm and interesting, and whilst the book is extremely long most of the chapters are short and snappy. The narrative is divided into two distinct sections, basically Kvothe in the University and Kvothe out in the world, and these sections are themselves fairly episodic. Whilst Kvothe's hunt for information about the Chandrian, the mysterious creatures that killed his family, provides a narrative spine of sorts, sometimes dozens of chapters pass without this plot element being as much as mentioned.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am now a complete convert! 16 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
Back when I read the first of Patrick Rothfuss's high fantasy novels, The Name of the Wind, I wasn't entirely sure what I thought of it. I knew I must have liked it, because I couldn't wait to read the second novel, but even so, I wasn't quite sure. Not a lot happened in it, and not a lot of that seemed of great significance.

I'm pleased to say that all my reservations have gone in this second book of the Kingkiller Chronicle. I think I was in the process of adapting in the first book, because Patrick Rothfuss is not your average high fantasy writer.

As in The Name of the Wind, for a good part of this book, not a lot actually happens. Kvothe (the hero) tootles around the university, feuding with rivals, impressing attractive women, and generally figuring out how to get by day-by-day with not enough money and the enmity of several powerful people.

But there's stuff building here. Atmosphere, in-depth characters, a rich world, and we know, as Kvothe tells us in the framing story, that this is not a tale with a happy ending.

Far more importantly, though, Rothfuss is a compelling writer. He could spend a thousand pages writing about Kvothe painting his toenails, and I would still want to read it. (Luckily, he doesn't...) Rothfuss doesn't need to throw in a battle every other page, or a bunch gratuitous shock scenes, in order to keep us wanting to read. And because of that, once again, I can't wait to read the next volume. (Hear that, Rothfuss? Get writin'!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
To say that The Wise Man's Fear was one of the most anticipated books in the genre community this year is an understatement. The eagerness and amount of speculation on when the book would be done and would consequently released, reminded me of fans waiting for Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and GRRM-fans waiting for A Dance With Dragons (though less rabid). I was lucky to only read Name of the Wind for the first time last year, so my wait wasn't as long. Still, I was very glad to finally read it.

Once I started the book, it took me a bit to get back into the story, because I was trying my best to remember all the details of the first book. Once I decided to just not wonder at what I didn't remember, I slid right in. And I read the book over the course of six days during the work week, which for such a chihuahua-killer of a tome is really fast for me these days. I really liked it and it was so good to return to Kvothe's world. As last time, I fell in love with Rothfuss' prose and the cleverness of his wordsmithing. For example, the way Felurian often speaks in rhyme, whether standard end rhyme, alliteration, assonance or internal rhyme. It's really clever and helps create her almost hypnotic effect on Kvothe. But for all that I loved The Wise Man's Fear, there were also a few things that caused some problems with the book for me. But let me start off by talking about what I did like.

Discovering more of Kvothe's world and the University was great. Exploring the Archives and returning to the Fishery and The Eolian was fun, especially the Archives. It might be a professional deformation, but I love reading about libraries and I loved the time we spent there this time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the genre... 26 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read many books of the thief/assasin/magic variety and I have to say that this book (and the first in the series) are the first that have an interesting plot AND are brilliantly written. There are so many interesting sub-stories and ways of looking at how different folks may live that I hope there are an infinite number of books in this series - keep writing Patrick, but don't let your excellent standards slip.
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A good read a little flat in parts but overall enjoyed the story, looking forward to the 3rd book next year
Published 1 day ago by Chris Cullinan
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I love S&F all types of it, and as I learnt to read at 2 1/2 yrs of age, by now I am a speed reader, some 40 odd years later! Read more
Published 3 days ago by L. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripoping reading
The minute I started reading I was gripped until the end. The inter play between the characters is very clever.
Published 7 days ago by Colin
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I enjoyed this, the first book of a trilogy in two parts. I persevered through to the end of the second despite it rambling on and on and on to the point where I actually lost any... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Butty Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is AMAZING
I was getting bored with the traditional fantasies which I had been reading and found this recommended on a 'top fantasies' list online, and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mr Thomas D Wicks
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Loved loved loved it!! I couldn't put it down, every spare minute i had in the day I spent reading the book.
Published 9 days ago by Oana Elena Cucu
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the Name of the Wind
The second part in the KKC is utterly gripping. Very much looking forward to the 3rd in the series too!
Published 10 days ago by Battalion_Brod
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had waited for the end of the series...
Lovely books but like so many fantasy writers I am wound in with no hope of an ending and by the time the author publishes again I will have moved on. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Curious66
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10
A really great book. couldn't put it down i recommend it.I can't wait for the next book to come out .
Published 15 days ago by justin jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
As in Name of the Wind, this is a well told story. I look forward to reading more from this author. Now I just need him to finish the conclusion to the story!!
Published 15 days ago by Joanne Fisher
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