The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) – Patrick Rothfuss


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Kvothe Kingkiller is known far and wide for his deeds, but few know that he runs a small town inn and pretends none of his past actually happened. That’s why  The Chronicler came to Newarre, to write down the notorious and enlightening history of the greatest man who ever lived. Kvothe has agreed to give the Chronicler three days to write his story, of which The Wise Man’s Fear comprises the second.  Mysteries abound as faeries work their magic, kings and mages construct doomed plans, and Kvothe learns to trust more than just himself.

I may have picked the first book because of a guy I liked, but I picked up its sequel because I couldn’t get the first volume out of my head. Again, the books in this series are enormous. The first was 662 pages, and this tome clocks in at 994. Is it safe to guess the final installment will be 1326 pages? It wouldn’t surprise me. I checked The Wise Man’s Fear out of the library and read it sporadically over the month, finally taking it on a trip up the coast, where I again finished the last half in three days. Maybe it’s because I keep cramming these books in, but there’s so much going on that it is hard to keep track. That being said, there are still plenty of slow parts that I wish I could rush through. There was a lot more action in this volume, probably due to the added 332 pages compared with the first novel. The world building continues to be fantastic, and the Chandrian story arch, while taking a seat slightly further back in this volume, is still extremely interesting to follow.

Kvothe travels a lot in The Wise Man’s Fear, resulting in the book feeling almost like a series published as a compilation, but since he is trying to fit his entire life into three days the idea makes perfect sense. We are also given more information about what’s happening in present day, which is pretty exciting! Overall I loved this book even more than the first, and I can’t wait for Rothfuss to publish The Doors of Stone, if that’s what he indeed decides to name the third book.

HHC Rating: 4.5 Stars

Other reviews in this series:
Book #1 – The Name of the Wind

The Name of The Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) – Patrick Rothfuss


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Kote runs the Waystone Inn in the tiny, isolated town of Newarre. One day, a man called The Chronicler appears claiming to know Kote’s true identity and begs to be allowed to write the memoir of the King Killer. Kote agrees and gives the man three days. The Name of the Wind constitutes the first. Kvothe, Kote’s real name, was born Edema Ruh, one the most talented groups of actors and musicians in all the Four Corners of Civilization. When he is suddenly orphaned at a young age, he sets out to attend the University, where a talented student can learn the likes of Math, Chemistry, Medicine, Rhetoric, and even Magic.

Let me begin by saying that this book is massive, as is its sequel. This one clocks in at 662 pages of dense content. It is not something I picked up lightly, and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up at all if my 11-year-old self hadn’t had a huge crush on this guy who, once we entered the age of Facebook, quoted this series constantly. It piqued my interest, it was fantasy, which I loved, and he kept posting about it, so I decided I had to give it a try. Still, it was very big, and I didn’t end up reading it until about 2014, by which time I was determined to find out why this book was supposedly amazing.

I checked it out of the library about five times because I kept getting lost or interested in other books, but I finally locked myself in my room and finished the second half in two or three days. It was actually pretty good once I got into it, but I had to force myself to stop thinking about why people liked it before I could enjoy it. The narrative flies all over the place and Kvothe experiences a lot of different situations and feelings, so I feel that there’s something to appeal to everyone here if you don’t mind getting through whatever parts you don’t like.

Overall, it was quite good. I found the beginning very confusing, but then unless you’ve read reviews you don’t know that you’re in the present and SO MUCH has happened that you aren’t aware of yet. The story is mostly a narrative within the story, Kvothe dictating for The Chronicler his early life, but there are bits and pieces that take place in present day, and these the reader is not given an explanation for.

If you love big books that move at a sedated pace, this is the series for you. But if you like short, quick reads, definitely steer clear. I personally enjoyed it and will probably reread it at least once before the third book comes out, but the date for that has been TBA since 2011. Rothfuss has two young children so this could take a while. Maybe also avoid this series if you only read series that have ended.

HHC Rating: 3.75 Stars

Other reviews in this series:
Book #2 – The Wise Man’s Fear