The Wise Man’s Fear: Book Review
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Published March 1, 2011
5 out of 5 stars
SNYOPSIS FROM GOODREADS:
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in 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, 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’s Fear, 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.
OTHER FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK:
Publisher: DAW Books
Series? Yes, this is the second book in the series (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)
MY REVIEW Of The Wise Man’s Fear:
This book took me eleven days to read and that is a long time for me to spend on one book alone. Granted it was almost a thousand pages, and rather daunting… it felt like I was reading it forever!
Even though it was a long read, it was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2018, thus far. I am still pondering what I should say about this book because it had so many good qualities, few faults and such a good storyline and characters. I am sad that it is over and I am sadder yet, that there is not a release date set for the third book.
Kvothe, oh my dear Kvothe. I have two red-headed brothers, so it did not take much for me to imagine his appearance. I have loved following his journey and that is why I will wait anxiously for the third book to be released.
The characters, the plot, the setting… it was all beautifuly written.
There is not much more that I can say about this book other than it was excellently written. It will keep you entertained throughout all 994 pages.
I would get into how much I enjoyed each character, but that would take quite some time.
It is a fantasy book like no other.
If you are a fan of fantasy even in the smallest bit, I urge you to read these series. Yes, they are big and daunting but they are well-written, witty and just one of the best short series I have ever read.
In other news I also recently read A Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss and it is all about a character named Auri. It is a short read and way different than The Name of the Wind or The Wise Man’s Fear. It was interesting to see the variety in which Patrick Rothfuss can write. Everyone who has read this short little book told me that it was weird, and now after reading it that is all I can say about it as well. The Slow Regard of Silent Things will not have it’s own blog post, so I thought I would give you a short update on my thoughts here.
Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review! If you stuck with me and read through the whole thing, thank you for reading my ramblings about how good I think this series is!
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