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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (6 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575081430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575081437
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,153 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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The superb 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 08143 7

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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2011
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A massive 1000 page second part to Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller trilogy. The first novel "The name of the wind" was a deservedly massive hit and expectations were high for the next volume. Wise Man's Fear is more of the same, superb storytelling that is not linier but diverts off into all sorts of directions. Possibly annoying for those who like a clear beginning, middle and end, but the writing is so good it is easy to forgive this and go with the swing and style of the story. Again we have the famous Kvothe, a legend in the land, in the role of an innkeeper, Kote. We have yet to find why Kvothe has decided to step out of the limelight but as he tells his story to the visiting Chronicler we find out more and more about how the legend was formed. Kvothe is still in his teens as the story ends so we obviously have a long way to go and I would be surprised (and disappointed) if the author finishes this as a trilogy!

Slight frustrations as Kvothe seems the smartest teenager in the world but that is a minor quibble in a standout book of fantasy. As the tales unravel and Kvothe takes a kind of gap year from University, we see how his legend grows and the backstory to some of those legends. There is also a dark undercurrent like a shadow on a wall that suggests much is wrong with the world Kvothe inhabits and the author has yet to give us a real glimpse of what it is. Storytelling at its best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 30 Jun. 2012
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This book is absolutely incredible. The language alone was enough to make me fall in love with it. Rothfuss is an amazing story teller, making his narrative come alive as well as creating a fantastic story that is difficult to tear yourself away from. The book feels like an epic legend and modern fantasy story combined. The fact that so much is unknown after 2 books makes me love it even more. I really cannot wait for the next book, whenever that may be, and if this one is anything to go by it will be just as amazing as Wise Man's Fear and The Name of the Wind.
A word of warning though. I highly suggest reading or re-reading The Name of the Wind immediately before reading The Wise Man's Fear. Its not like a normal series, where there is a catch-up chapter or something. Its more like a chapter to chapter difference and so its easier to forget what has happened in the previous books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on 24 Jun. 2011
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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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