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A terribly WONDERFUL read,
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This review is from: The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle) (Paperback)
First of all, I couldnt wait to get my hands on the follower to the first book in the chronicles, "The Name of the Wind". I flew into a rage when the mailman failed to deliver "Wise Mans Fear" at the date stipulated, and wrote an angry note to my local post office. BECAUSE: These books are the BEST since J.R.R.Tolkiens "Lord of the Ring" trilogy, and G.R.R.Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire" chronicles, (or as the HBO TV-series is called, "Game of Thrones".)
Some reviews have even compared the "Kingkiller Chronicles" to Harry Potter, because our main character, Kvothe, for a while attends a University where - supposedly - all knowledge is being kept. Im against spoilers, so I wont divulge plot- turns. Suffice to say, Harry Potter does have some things in common with Kvothe as a character. But very little when it comes to the actual environment, the magic - and the enemies. Because there are enemies, and they are BAD, very, very bad. They are even worse, because they have passed into legend,into nursery songs, and forgotten as real. Nobody believes they exist... Except our Kvothe. He meets them, to his utter detriment, and suffers horribly for years after. His goal is to find these monsters and to destroy them, a goal thwarted by the complete lack of information available.
Now, this is the drive. But there is so much more...
There is the details of the real life in this world we get to know, so close we wonder if we are actually a part of it. Every description is rare, every landscape new and wondrous, every song brings us further on; into magic - but also daily life, and the need to survive with only your wits at your disposal. Kvothe seems on the brink of destruction at all times, and there are some very fulfilling stories about how fools make asses of themselves, with the help of Kvothe!
We travel all over the detailed map, and at times Kvothes life is in such peril that we really grit our teeth and wring our heads to help him survive the impossible. He is a trouper, a singer, a magician, and proud. He is also compassionate, fair and trustworthy. Except when he is telling tall tales about himself, or hustling stupid aristocrats, that is... Kvothe is everything we dream about being. But Kvothe pays a price for his genius, always... Especially in love.
I cannot recommend these books strongly enough. They are so rich in detail, and feel so true. Kvothe will live with you, I promise.