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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423389417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423389415
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G Mix on Aug. 28 2011
Format: Hardcover
Similar to the other reviewers, I had great expectations after reading The Name of the Wind. The first 500 pages of Wise Man's Fear are fabulous. Rothfuss manages to take us back to Kvothe's world effortlessly. Unfortunately, the next four hundred pages could have been condensed into a few chapters. He spends too much time on certain parts and the great book slowly becomes frustrating. The writing seems to be more contrived during these sections as well. Kvothe's sexual experiences could have been condensed into a chapter or two, but instead Rothfuss spends chapters and chapters discussing these escapades. If anything, it detracts the reader and makes us feel more distant from the character. In fact in one part, I thought I was reading a harliquin romance.

Rothfuss has been blessed with a wonderful imagination and a creative spirit. The book will take you away again to the fantasy world we were anxiously awaiting but don't expect it to be as good as the first. Rothfuss needed a wise and fearless editor and he would have had a sensational book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jkirkby on March 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who enjoyed "The Name of the Wind", I can cut straight to the point: "The Wise Man's Fear" is of the same high quality and continues the story of Kvothe to the level that you'd probably hoped for. Go get it!

For anyone who hasn't read the first book by Mr. Rothfuss, I recommend that you read it first. There are too many plot points that will be completely foreign to you in "The Wise Man's Fear" without prior knowledge of the basic storyline. Mr. Rothfuss does a good job attempting to make this story stand on its own but the characters (especially the secondary ones) would probably seem too hollow, or at least unmemorable. This story is about the characters!

In general what you'll find in a Rothfuss story is exceptionally polished and clean-flowing prose with a distinct amount of wit and skill that sets him apart from many of today's fantasy and sci-fi novelists. This keeps you turning the page as much as the desire to learn more about Kvothe - the words themselves just draw you in.

As for the structure of "The Wise Man's Fear", it is quite long (almost 1000 pages) and despite its length the story doesn't take any giant leaps forward. This can be seen as good or bad depending on how you expected this story to unfold. I suspect this story will go beyond the original "trilogy", which was at least rumoured. We certainly learn a lot more about how Kvothe thinks and what he is capable of.

To add some criticism: I believe some scenes (or extended scenes) went on longer than they needed to. I would have been just as happy with those parts pared down, possibly allowing other parts to be expounded (the journey to Vintas, for example).

All in all another wonderful read that you just can't put down. I can't wait for #3!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By euxneks on July 15 2011
Format: Hardcover
Really enjoyed the first in the series, I was excited to get back into this world and Mr. Rothfuss allowed us a larger glimpse of it. There were some slightly jarring elements of the story-telling which I felt could have been exciting if expanded upon, but I think that's just his style. I enjoyed this book, and finished it quickly. I can't wait to hear more about Kvothe's adventures!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By swtpce on May 1 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book fresh off finishing The Name of the Wind, and have to say i was a lil' disappointed. While overall i enjoyed the book, it seemed to lack any direction. It seems just like a bunch of stories around one character put together into a novel. The first book was kinda like that, but was always kinda heading to an end point somewhere, where as book 2 is all over the place with no real conclusion to what i thought might be a main storyline. The book is easy to read though, short chapters and high paced which made the overall read pretty good. Will still read the next one just to see where the story is going.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ashe TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 30 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Congratulations to Patrick Rothfuss. At last, a second novel in a series that is as good as the first. Too often, the first novel is exciting because it's, well, novel. The setting, the characters, the worldview, everything is new. The second often seems ho-hum, more of the same. Not here.

Kvothe is the same person, but changes. Yes, actual character development in a fantasy novel. How often do you see that? Then, so do the other characters develop, sometimes in antagonistic or unexpected ways. The setting changes with travel, new opportunities and victories and losses appear. Kvothe's university education continues, with surprising side effects. Generally, this volume keeps you deep into the story just like the first. Very minor caveat, there's a bit of a flat spot near the middle, but in the midst of this excellent writing, it's not a problem.

Rothfuss remains an excellent writer, his craftsmanship well above the usual fantasy author. Why? He states it in his acknowlegements section: he thanks his fans for understanding that quality means a longer wait between books. So I'll have to content myself with re-reading the first two before the third volume comes out. Sigh.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rodster on March 19 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's been a long wait but it was worth it. It is apparent that Mr. Rothfuss spent the extra time for the book making it as engaging and interesting as the first book. The character development continues to be excellent and we get a good look at more of the life events that have shaped who Kvothe is. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
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