Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

*Warning this post contains spoilers for the first book in the series, The Name of The Wind*

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2

Publication: March 1st 2011 by DAW Books

Goodread Description:
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 Trehon. 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.

My thoughts:
I liked The Wise Man's Fear more than The Name of The Wind. This one was much more enjoyable to read.

The plot is a lot faster paced than The Name of The Wind. There was a lot more action in this one compared to in the first book when we were just watching Kvothe grow up. The action sequences were wele written and not too long that they dragged on and in the process lost my attention.

There was a lot of world building in The Wise Man's Fear that I wanted in the first book.There was a lot more adventuring to new places which made the story go by a lot quicker which I really liked. And we got to see a lot more of the different cultures in the world.

We alo get to meet new characters and see old ones too.

Kvothe's friendships with the other students are fleshed out more in The Wise Man's Fear. Particularly his friendships with Sim and Wil and Fela. We also get to see more of Devi which i really liked; she is one of my favourite characters and we get a lot more on her in this book. Their interactions are always fun to read.

My biggest problem with The Wise Man's Fear is that even after finishing the book I still have a lot of unanswered questions.

My rating: 3.5 stars
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