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The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle) Mass Market Paperback – April 2, 2013
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“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
—George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
—Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
—Ursula K. LeGuin, award-winning author of Earthsea
"The characters are real and the magic is true.”
—Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
—Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
“[Makes] you think he's inventing the genre, instead of reinventing it.”
—Lev Grossman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Magicians
“This is a magnificent book.”
—Anne McCaffrey, award-winning author of the Dragonriders of Pern
“The great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this is an astonishing book."
—Orson Scott Card, New York Times-bestselling author of Ender’s Game
“It's not the fantasy trappings (as wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss.”
—Tad Williams, New York Times-bestselling author of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
“Jordan and Goodkind must be looking nervously over their shoulders!”
—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars
“An extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well.”
—Jo Walton, award-winning author of Among Others
“Hail Patrick Rothfuss! A new giant is striding the land.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author of Wake
“Fans of the epic high fantasies of George R.R. Martin or J.R.R. Tolkien will definitely want to check out Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind.”
“Shelve The Name of the Wind beside The Lord of the Rings...and look forward to the day when it's mentioned in the same breath, perhaps as first among equals.”
—The A.V. Club
“Rothfuss (who has already been compared to the likes of Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin) is poised to be crowned the new king of epic fantasy.”
—Barnes & Noble
“I was reminded of Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkein, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone.”
—The London Times
“This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology.”
“This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series...this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale.”
—Library Journal (starred)
About the Author
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.
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If you liked The Name of the Wind, I think that you will like this book. The stories are interesting and compelling. I found it a "page turner". At times I feel that Kvothe acts in egregiously stupid ways, but some of this is male ego. I have to confess that at times I find myself acting in egregiously stupid ways as well since I also suffer from testosterone poisoning. Even when Kvothe acts in ill considered ways, it's still an interesting story.
As any reader of The Name of the Wind (or anyone reading this early pages of this book) will know, the story is told by the central character, Kvothe, at a later point in his life, when the adventures he recounts are behind him. At that point we might assume that Kvothe is in his thirties. At the end of The Wise Man's Fear he is not yet out of his late teens. Many of the adventures that are hinted at are still in his future and await a sequel.
I am writing this review in 2017. The Wise Man's Fear was published in 2011, six years ago. Looking at Patrick Rothfuss' blog, there doesn't appear to be much progress toward a sequel.
The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear have many interesting adventures, but they don't move the story forward in any direct way. At the current pace of the story several sequels would be necessary to finish the story and these sequels don't seem to be forthcoming. Which is disappointing for the many people who have enjoyed these books. To paraphrase Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss is not your bitch. He doesn't owe his readers additional books. So enjoy what you have and don't expect anything else, because at this point it doesn't appear that there will be any sequels.
Although the author does not completely escape his tendency to unnecessarily draw out random plot points, this sequel fixes many of the struggles surrounding that short-fall in the first book. Don't get me wrong, there are a couple stretches where I could not flip the pages fast enough (and not in a good way), but overall, the pacing of this iteration of the saga picks up significantly as Kvothe further evolves and embarks on more exciting adventures! Kvothe also persists with many of his frustrating flaws, but those serve to humanize this emerging larger than life persona as well as providing greater insight into the regrets that we see plague the present-day barkeep.
This advancing tale reveals far more than we have thus far seen of how the Kvothe mythos came to be, but it also alludes to grander exploits yet to come and the possibility of those beyond the present!
I see and understand most of the 1 star reviews. This book wasn't as good as TNOTW. Its slow. There are a lot of side stories. I'm also sick of his unresolved and strange relationship with Whatever The Hell Her Name Is This Week. The Flurian side story drug on Way too long. This could have been covered in 1 chapter, 2 at the most instead of near a 1/4 of the book. I am also extremely frustrated with an author who seems to be either flat out lazy or who doesnt care at all about his readers. I agree with every bad review and scathing opinion of the author.
However... Its apparently been Years since I bought this book. The second time around I see amazing and subtle points I never noticed before, things you truly have to Think about (a sentence, a gesture, a story...might mean far more than realized). I think I --and others -- forget just how Young the protagonist really Is in this installment (16-17 at University?)...how young he might Still Be as the story teller/inn meeper Kote ... 20-21? 25? We don't know.
I couldn't put it down. I caught myself reading on my lunch break and staying up too late. I devoured this book in 2 days. I found myself thinking about Kvothe at work, wondering, picking apart seemingly subtle and unrelated points, questioning...
Maybe I am reading too much into this book. Maybe its all nonsense. Maybe it isn't. We'll have to wait until book 3 to find out. I'll probably be dead by then but I was highly entertained on my way to the grave (lol).
So 3 stars for now. I reserve the right to change my review based on book 3...if I'm not already dead before publication.