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The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles) Paperback – Illustrated, March 6, 2012
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—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
- Item Weight : 2.55 pounds
- Paperback : 1008 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756407125
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756407124
- Product Dimensions : 6.05 x 1.69 x 8.96 inches
- Publisher : DAW; Illustrated Edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
I loved these first two book but it's been many years since the author has put out anything else and it's not looking good that he'll finish the series.
This book is a solid 4 stars for me. But the fact that the story isn't likely to be finished, or at least finished anytime soon, really takes away from it's value.
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However, I understand and share a lot of the frustration with this book. The story felt quite rambling. It’s definitely taking its time along Kvothe’s journey, and it feels like we’ve barely touched on the things Kvothe is famous for. He still feels a long way from the legendary character teased in the first book. It also feels like we’re circling around and ending up back where we started. This feels like an odd move for the middle book in the trilogy, which I would expect to be breaking away from the ‘origin story’ a little more. In addition to this, the secondary characters still feel underdeveloped and Denna is even more aggravating than before.
But despite all this, the tale and the telling of it are so exciting and compelling throughout, I raced through the book and couldn’t put it down, and I want more! I’m still very invested in Kvothe’s story, and now there are interesting new hints that Kvothe might not be the hero we think. I’ve read other people's suggestions that this could be a villain’s story in the end, and while I don’t think it will be quite that simple, I think this is a good observation.
Still a very enjoyable read, still both frustrating and awesome, and I still can’t wait for more.
That said, the last stage of the book was good and tied some of the bits together.
I’m not excited for another instalment if this is the kind of offering coming in the 3rd book. Given how long it’s taking to come out, I’ll probably not bother
I just wish he would hurry up and finish the whole story.
Honestly between. Mr Rothfuss and Jim Butcher holding back their next episode, I'm beginning to believe George RR Martin is their editor
HURRY UP PATRICK, THIS STORY IS TOO GOOD FOR ME TO NOT BE READING
People often trot out the old saw "write about what you know". I think that a lot of people get confused by this, and it might be better phrased as "know enough about your subject that you don't embarrass everyone", which would probably lead to a lot less abandoned first novels about boring humdrum suburban lives.
Rothfuss knows fantasy, and it was interesting, as I was reading the book the second time through, to see who he had begged, stolen and borrowed from. I must say I think his taste in influences is first rate. Perhaps he could read a little more James Branch Cabell, perhaps he could pay a little more attention to Poul Anderson or Ursula LeGuin, but wit and humour are both there, and he doesn't waste too many words, for all the doorstop size of these books. The worldbuilding is fresh and full and vivid and engaging enough that it doesn't clunk and clank and throw me out of the tale when big lumps and dollops of it are incorporated into the narrative - unlike the efect when so many writers try to display their chops - or is it that they just don't know that the world is for the writer to know, the story is for the reader to read? Whatever, this is one of the rare occasions where it (pretty much) all works, with traditional elements melded to influences and sparks and strands of originality, then forged into a whole. What puzzles me is the people who seem to feel there is some kinship here with Rowling's work - I find that bogstaggering. 'Oh! He goes to a School of Magic, does he? That must be like Hogwarts then'. - As if there aren't any others. Oh dear oh dear. So, anyways: Old, new, borrowed and blue, a legacy of folk tale and fantasy make a happy marriage here, and the offspring has an undeniable charm.
A few things ring hollow: first and foremost, for me, the details of the domestic economy of a traditional inn. Making bread without using water in the dough doesn't work, and there is usually some oil or butter too, never mind what else might go in to a decent loaf. Boiling freshly pressed apple juice? Ouch. And calling the resultant liquid 'cider' is anachronistic in flavour. An innkeeper would be more likely to ferment the stuff, specially in an inn with so little business, as booze keeps better and you can charge more. A cask of whiskey that big? In an inn with so little business? You'd lose so much to the angel's share that it would be uneconomical. I could go on, but there was enough to like about the setting and the writing that I will exercise forgiveness and forbearance. And where do you find a 17th century inn - or the equivalent - to practice being an innkeeper for a few months so you get the details right? Tricky. So I guess I really HAVE to forgive a lot of that.
Felurian having an oral faux Kama Sutra irked me. Bumpkins and poachers and the odd woodsman turn up, every dozen years or whatever, and she instructs them out of the equivalent of some manual from a Sanskrit Court Pundit's pen? Hardly. And if she swims in a sea of blissful carnality I find it hard to imagine she needs to stick labels on the waves. I can understand that this might be a convenient source of metaphoric shorthand and that it can make the task of writing about sex less onerous and 'real', but it was one of the few true failures of the Rothfuss imagination, for me - an easy way out that led to a swamp.
The borrowing behind the Adem somehow annoyed me much less, as it seemed far more appropriate, and I thought it was far less of a problem for the old 'suspension of disbelief' malarkey, even if it did stick out like a sore ear.
Niggle niggle niggle, and it still gets FIVE STARS. Because what there is to like about it far outweighs the reservations I have.
Read this book, it is good for you. There, said it. Rothfuss' work is a bright star, or three, glimmering above a dismal fog of mediocre writing.
Well done that man.
Keep it up.
And thank you.