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The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle) [Kindle Edition]

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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1860 KB
  • Print Length: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PGNB1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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7 of 7 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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24 of 26 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, couldn't put it down 13 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
I have been an avid reader of fantasy fiction for 20 years, and am always so delighted when I find a book as absorbing as this. I have been trying to read it slowly so that it doesn't end too soon. Every day I look forward to rejoining Kvothe as if he is a best friend, I have loved sharing his story and was totally absorbed. Patrick Rothfuss' story telling skills are superb.
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95 of 105 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome cant wait for the 3rd book
Published 7 hours ago by Lee M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one
Not as good as the first one but still a great read.
Published 12 hours ago by Andrew Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars second best book ever
second best book ever. only because the name of the wind had element of surprise. I did not know it was going to be great.
Published 1 day ago by wood work
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Incredible. Hurry up and write the damn third
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sequel
Loved it as much as the first book. Loved the adventutes of Kvothes young life, his time at the court, as an Adem mercenary and in Felurians fairy tale. Read more
Published 5 days ago by dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the purchase. I will most definitely be ...
Well worth the purchase. I will most definitely be re-reading this and The Name of the Wind before Day 3. Read more
Published 13 days ago by jennisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing
Published 14 days ago by Esmee Oneill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So good to find another really good fantasy author. Love this man's books
Published 16 days ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wise Man's Fear was a great read for me and I really enjoy the...
The Wise Man's Fear was a great read for me and I really enjoy the style of writing Patrick Rothfuss adopts. Read more
Published 20 days ago by jpiper1
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books
I love these books. The only thing I don't love is that the final book isn't written yet! Come on Mr. Rothfuss, I want to know what happens in the end!
Published 20 days ago by Bridget Slater
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