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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories, within stories, within stories, 30 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 2 (Hardcover)
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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