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Thursday, August 15, 2013

REVIEW: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in a storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man." 

 My name is Kvothe. 

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. 

You may have heard of me. 

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view--a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in THE WISE MAN'S FEAR, Day Two of the Kingkiller Chronicle, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the FAe realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived...until Kvothe.

In THE WISE MAN'SFEAR, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

Book: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Kingkiller Chronicle, #2
Obtained: Purchased
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I read The Wise Man's Fear immediately after finishing the first book in the series, The Name of the Wind, and at a record-breaking speed because I only had two days to read this almost 1000 page tome before attending a signing that was taking place only twenty minutes away from my college. I loved every second of it.

Despite the lyrical, often very descriptive writing style that characterizes the fantasy genre in general and Rothfuss in particular and the length of the novel, The Wise Man's Fear is actually a very quick read because you just can't put it down. I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages the entire time I was reading it, and in fact, I didn't use the internet at all from the time I picked it up to the time I put it down. To give you an idea of how amazing that is, I generally spend around 6-8 hours a day on my computer unless I'm at some kind of event that keeps me away from it.

Kvothe is one of the most amazing, heart-breaking characters I have ever read. He's so awkward, yet at the same time completely competent at almost everything, and he has the worst luck ever. He was the first character I've ever read about whose backstory made me cry. Although I disagreed with a lot of the decisions Kvothe made over the course of the book, Rothfuss made it impossible not to empathize with his reasoning, which is quite the feat.

I recommend this series to absolutely everyone who hasn't read it yet. Rothfuss is up there with the fantasy greats like GRRM, Lewis, and Tolkien, and everyone should read this series and then lend the books to all of their friends.