The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two Mass Market Paperback – 2 Apr 2013
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"As seamless and lyrical as a song from the lute-playing adventurer and arcanist Kvothe, this mesmerizing sequel to Rothfuss's 2007 debut, The Name of the Wind, is a towering work of fantasy.... 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."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series and similar in feel to the narrative tour de force of "The Arabian Nights", this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale."
--Library Journal (starred)
""The Wise Man's Fear" fairly leaps off the page, whatever the setting and circumstances"
"This sequel carries the first book's ideas and wild exuberance further, with aplomb. By combining bold choices with bolder sincerity, Rothfuss has found one of the secrets of great storytelling. He doesn't reinvent the wheel, but he knows damn sure how to ride it."
--The Onion A. V. Club
"In the end, I think that if I distill why I've loved these books so much more than others, it's because of this: They're beautiful. Wise Man's Fear is a BEAUTIFUL book to read. Masterful prose, a sense of cohesion to the storytelling, a wonderful sense of pacing.... None of that is the reason for the awesomeness any more than a single dab of paint is the reason why a Monet is a thing of wonder. But if you step back...you are left with a sense of awe. There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
--Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of THE WAY OF KINGS
""The Wise Man's Fear" was worth waiting for. It's about as good as this kind of fantasy can possibly get.... This is an extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well. I don't want to criticize it and analyse it--I don't want to step that far away from it. I want to sink down below the surface of it and become completely immersed."
--Jo Walton, Tor.com
"The best epic fantasy I read last year... I gulped it down in a day, staying up almost to dawn reading, and I am already itching for the next one. He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy."
George R. R. Martin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "A Game of Thrones"
As seamless and lyrical as a song from the lute-playing adventurer and arcanist Kvothe, this mesmerizing sequel to Rothfuss s 2007 debut, "The Name of the Wind," is a towering work of fantasy.... 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.
"Publishers Weekly" (starred)
Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan s "Wheel of Time" series and similar in feel to the narrative tour de force of "The Arabian Nights," this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale.
" Library Journal" (starred)
"The Wise Man s Fear" fairly leaps off the page, whatever the setting and circumstances
This sequel carries the first book s ideas and wild exuberance further, with aplomb. By combining bold choices with bolder sincerity, Rothfuss has found one of the secrets of great storytelling. He doesn t reinvent the wheel, but he knows damn sure how to ride it.
"The Onion A. V. Club"
In the end, I think that if I distill why I've loved these books so much more than others, it's because of this: They're beautiful. "Wise Man's Fear" is a BEAUTIFUL book to read. Masterful prose, a sense of cohesion to the storytelling, a wonderful sense of pacing.... None of that is the reason for the awesomeness any more than a single dab of paint is the reason why a Monet is a thing of wonder. But if you step back...you are left with a sense of awe. There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description.
Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of "The Way of Kings"
"The Wise Man's Fear" was worth waiting for. It s about as good as this kind of fantasy can possibly get.... This is an extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well. I don t want to criticize it and analyse it I don t want to step that far away from it. I want to sink down below the surface of it and become completely immersed.
Jo Walton, Tor.com"
T superb, number 2 Sunday Times bestselling, sequel to THE NAME OF THE WIND. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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'!)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle) is one of the most enjoyable fantasy novels I have ever read. It is among my all-time favourite novels. It is also the first book in a trilogy. Now, after a long wait, the second book is out.
The Wise Man's Fear picks up where Name of the Wind left off. We're still in an inn, somewhere in the sticks. We're still watching the inn keeper, Kote, his apprentice, Bast, and Chronicler. Bast is someone from Faerie. Chronicler is there to record the life history of a famous shaper of history, Kvothe. Kote is Kvothe, in hiding... and his story is now in its second day of telling.
Kvothe's story is swashbuckling, energetic stuff. Read the blurb on the back of Name of the Wind, and you know you're in for a tale of adventure. The same is true for Wise Man's Fear: adventure, hijinks, magic, and all told in beautiful prose with a real sense of music and rhythm and an aural aesthetic to it. This is exciting, plot- and character driven adventure, written in a masterly way.
Despite all that, there are reasons why Wise Man's Fear does not get the five stars that Name of the Wind got from me. The first of these may be quite subjective: I like Kvothe best when he's at the University. Name of the Wind took him from childhood to University, and then, in the final act, to follow a lead and find a dragon (well, draccus) and have a big adventure as finale.Read more ›
While I enjoyed Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear I can't help but be concerned about the delivery of this second installment. Kvothe's time at the University mires the story in the same old ground. That aspect has a very Harry Potter feel which I don't believe justified its quantity in this installment. That ground was thoroughly covered in Book 1. The routine has become tiresome and lacks excitement. And even though Rothfuss eventually flings Kvothe out into the world the structure of the story lacks any emotional high point. Rothfuss' dialogue has flare and he doesn't lack for style but massive stretches of this volume are flat and unwholesome. Even when he eventually completes the various minor arcs laced throughout the book after the massive stretches of monotony I was left feeling only vaguely satisfied.
Rothfuss seems to have sacrificed the main plot in favour of building up Kvothe's character and legend in tandem. The only problem with this endearing venture is that Kvothe's self-styled legend is largely undeserving leaving the feats he does manage to accomplish out of scale with his fame. Leaving his prowess woefully inadequate to the task he is so determined to complete. This is Day 2/3 of the tale after all and I was hoping for something a little more progressive and a little less self-centred. There is a moment in the middle of the drudgery (which I won't describe) where I thought, "Yes! This is where it takes off!", however the moment fades and after mere paragraphs it's back to business as usual. Sympathy, Naming and world building take a backseat here.
The sexuality in this novel is probably the main issue for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely loved this book and can't wait for number 3
Hopefully won't be too long before it's out!! Definitely recommend
I really enjoyed this book even though it does not move the story on very much. But I now want the next book in the series and it seems to be taking an age for it to arrive.Published 14 days ago by MakSteel
Perfectly written and encapsulating. It has an air of mystery and a hint of normality, the third book cannot come fast enough.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
An interestingly structured coming-of-age, fantasy trilogy that maintains its excellent writing as the story continues, allowing for a sense of mystery that is slowly unveiled... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shluke198
I am enjoying the series so far. The actual plotline is not amazing but Rothfuss is a terrific writer who has created some intriguing characters who are well developed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Davis