The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear

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Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero as he attempts 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, forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm where he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books ; [New York] : Distributed by Penguin Group, ©2011
ISBN: 9780756404734
0756404738
9780756407124
0756407125
Characteristics: 993 pages : map ; 24 cm

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hannmsha
Mar 21, 2018

The only thing that kept me powering through this mess of a book was my undeniable love for the first book. The Wise Man's Fear is almost 1000 pages and countless hours of reading about effectively NOTHING. There is barely a millimeter of plot advancement after The Name of the Wind. If the third book ever comes out you could genuinely read the first book, skip this one, and read the third without having missed anything of great consequence. Alternatively, reading the plot summary at http://kingkiller.wikia.com will give you everything you will need and you can skip this book entirely. The only reason to read this book at all is for Rothfuss' magnificent prose, and it's not even worth it for that.

I don't want to go on a big tangent about how much I dislike this book so I'll keep it short. Before we part I have a couple things to say:
1. I hate Denna. Eff you, Pat. I wanted to like Denna. I really liked her when Kvothe first met her on the way out of Tarbean but you ruined her. She got bad in TNoTW but she got a million times worse in this one.
2. I HATE FELURIAN. WHY did you do that?! WHy?! It was so unnecessary. I wasted part of my life on that long-winded completely pointless and horrible sexcapade! Unforgivable. It made me so angry! I am seething with rage.
3. I loved Kvothe, but now I'm starting to dislike him. His start, his motivations could have made such a good story but it is RUINED. I don't know if the third book could ever save this series or the character of Kvothe but I sure as shit hope it does.
4. I LOVE Elodin. If you wrote a whole book about him I can't see myself rating it any less than 4-5 stars. Seriously. Getting a taste of him in this book and then leaving to go on one of the most pointless journeys in all of the literature was truly a painful experience. Elodin, Auri, Celean, Bast, and the prose are pretty much all of what saved this book from being 1 star.

In conclusion: You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

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nw_writer
Mar 20, 2018

Rothfuss is an incredible writer, and these books are sure to be remembered as classics. One thing I especially like about them is they're nicely accessible for readers who aren't so experienced with fantasy. Rothfuss doesn't overwhelm you with terminology, lineages, strange names, etc. His storytelling style is organic and understated. Considering how long these books are, they read really fast. It'll be interesting to see what Lin-Manuel Miranda does with the planned movie and TV show adaptations!

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sandra80
Dec 21, 2017

Loved the second book of the series. Was sorry when it was done. I will miss Kvothe and his friends while waiting for the next book.

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tacoguy3306
Dec 04, 2017

This is the next book after 'The Name of the Wind'. Patrick Rothfuss takes the series deeper and pulls you further into his reality that he created. Well crafted, well structured, and overall wonderfully written.

Warning: This series is extremely addictive and will take over your life while you read it, and you will hang you in suspense for months while you wait for the 'The Doors of Stone', of which has no current release date according to the latest update by Patrick Rothfuss.

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isaachar
Nov 18, 2017

The follow up to the Rothfuss's widely loved The Name of the Wind. This entry is somewhat different than the previous story in that there are a lot more places where nothing is happening. That isn't to say The Name of the Wind was action packed, only that this story spends more time describing the settings than the first story does. Once you get far enough into it, it becomes just as enjoyable as the original book. Maybe even more-so, as the subject matter gets more adult and there is a good amount more violence than in the original story. The only part of the story that doesn't develop is the part happening in 'real time' (outside of Kvothe telling his story). We see that despite what he tells the townsfolk, the Chronicler and Bast, 'Kote' really doesn't want his new, safe, weak identity. But we get no explanation on what caused his downfall and is still hobbling his strength, magic, and music. Before starting this series I was aware it would be a GRRM-esque wait for the next book. While the Game of Thrones show made giving up on Martin's next book a lot easier, I suspect it will be a hard wait for the followup to this book as well..

SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017

The Wise Man’s Fear is the sequel to Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. It remains a solid fantasy story, though it feels a bit more generic as it goes along. Kvothe hunts bandits and goes to the faerie realm and becomes a badass fighter in an exotic school with different cultural norms around sec, along with his magickal university exploits. There’s not much crazily new to this story compared to any other high fantasy kind of thing based on someone’s D&D campaign.

But Rothfuss just writes it all really well. The dialogue is great. The situations are more realistic and well-detailed versions of things you see in lesser books (well, the women are written more poorly than the men). I’ve gotten a little frustrated with the breakneck pace of how much has happened in three years of Kvothe’s life, but whatever. You don’t read a fantasy novel for its boring people I guess.

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ladxcore
Aug 02, 2017

These books are very entertaining, but the female characters in them are so embarrassingly badly written. This book also has a lot of super cringeworthy sex scenes, and a couple of weird homophobic jokes thrown in for fun. So, on par with a lot of other fantasy books, but wouldn't it be nice if we could do better?

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ZE1TGE15T
Aug 01, 2017

Can't decide if I liked the first or second one better. This is one of my top 5, easy.

This story continues the same writing style and picks up from where the first left off, being told from the present in the tavern.

The story seems very random, like Rothfuss starts with a shell and a few set events for the story, but just writes whatever comes to mind regarding the rest. Which doesn't imply sloppiness or lacking in any sense. It's delightfully surprising and random, yet includes gripping scenes, characters and settings.

Rothfuss does like his words and he is a great artist with them.

I thought some of Kvothe's time with the Adem dragged a little, but the patient lessons Kvothe learns couldn't take less time to convey...so it wasn't too bothering. I also loved that Zen culture. But all this rambling. It isn't of the Lethani.

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angelamuliu
Jun 17, 2017

An enjoyable, if long read. Unlike Name of the Wind, which I couldn't put down and read through it all over three days, The Wise Man's Fear was something I had to finish over the course of a few months. Don't get me wrong, the book is well written and lovely. The world is immersive, the magic interesting, the main character dangerously curious. But I will say the first half of the book drags on as Kvothe goes through the university, with only a few very interesting moments. The second half really picks up once Kvothe leaves the university (spoilers? It was bound to happen one day) and at that moment I was hooked, just like when I read the first book. A very slow start but well worth the effort.

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lijiao12billion
Nov 23, 2016

Absolutely loved it.

You can see the difference in Kvothe throughout the book, after his experiences, each one unique. Every now and then there's a break though, a pause, to remind you that this is happening after it's happened, it's an autobiography of sorts. That after all of this and whatever else is next, in the end Kvothe is a broken man, and this is a broken story.

Now, one of the things that drives me to like reading are the characters. I find the type of stories I'm drawn to are always the ones with unique characters and their relationships with others. The Wise Man's Fear fits this perfectly. I loved reading about his odd relationship with Maer, his experiences in Ademre and the Adem, and all that happened after back at the University. And the little extras, like the fake-Edema Ruh troupe, only adds to the effect. And finding out that Elodin new Adem? Wow!

There were some spots I didn't like, of course, one of which was the long recount of his time with Feluran. After passing through that though it gave a sense of perspective. It's a story told by the man who experienced it, so of course there are going to be some times where you dwell on one thing more than another.

For one last comment... I just realized that the prologue and the epilogue are exactly the same, save for the first sentence. Adds an interesting effect, I think, and I wonder if the first book was like that too.

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Favouri
Jun 21, 2016

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

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

“Wil and Sim took turns watching over me as I slept, keeping me safe with their Alar. They were the best sort of friends. The sort everyone hopes for but no one deserves, least of all me.”

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

Elodin to Kvothe: “Caution suits an arcanist. Assurance suits a namer. Fear does not suit either. It does not suit you.”

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Perenelle
May 01, 2014

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

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Perenelle
May 01, 2014

“It’s not over if you’re still here,” Chronicler said. “It’s not a tragedy if you’re still alive.”

Bast nodded eagerly at this, looking back at Kvothe.

Kvothe looked at both of them for a moment, then smiled and chuckled low in his chest. “Oh,” he said fondly. “You’re both so young.”

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MrsStrange
May 02, 2012

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

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