- Mass Market Paperback: 1120 pages
- Publisher: DAW; Reissue edition (April 2 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756407915
- ISBN-13: 978-0756407919
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 4.8 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 503 g
- Average Customer Review: 132 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wise Man's Fear Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2 2013
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"The best epic fantasy I read last year... I gulped it down in a day, staying up almost to dawn reading, and I am already itching for the next one. He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy."
— George R. R. Martin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones
“As seamless and lyrical as a song from the lute-playing adventurer and arcanist Kvothe, this mesmerizing sequel to Rothfuss’s 2007 debut, The Name of the Wind, is a towering work of fantasy.... This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence, and will leave fans waiting on tenterhooks for the final installment.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and similar in feel to the narrative tour de force of The Arabian Nights, this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale.”
— Library Journal (starred)
“The Wise Man’s Fear fairly leaps off the page, whatever the setting and circumstances”
“This sequel carries the first book’s ideas and wild exuberance further, with aplomb. By combining bold choices with bolder sincerity, Rothfuss has found one of the secrets of great storytelling. He doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but he knows damn sure how to ride it.”
— The Onion A. V. Club
“In the end, I think that if I distill why I've loved these books so much more than others, it's because of this: They're beautiful. Wise Man's Fear is a BEAUTIFUL book to read. Masterful prose, a sense of cohesion to the storytelling, a wonderful sense of pacing.... None of that is the reason for the awesomeness any more than a single dab of paint is the reason why a Monet is a thing of wonder. But if you step back...you are left with a sense of awe. There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description.”
— Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Kings
“The Wise Man's Fear was worth waiting for. It’s about as good as this kind of fantasy can possibly get.... This is an extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well. I don’t want to criticize it and analyse it—I don’t want to step that far away from it. I want to sink down below the surface of it and become completely immersed.”
— Jo Walton, Tor.com
About the Author
Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com.See all Product description
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If you've ever read The Pillars of the Earth, this is similar (with the obvious transition from historical fiction to fantasy). It is a story about people and how they grow, but set in a world called Temerant that is rich in detail. Definitely in my top 10 list.
Here is what I didn't like: there is no third book. As others have said, I would have preferred to wait if I had known - I'm stuck here two books in and I'm only 2/3 of the way through the story. Since it is a framed tale, it starts at the "end", which gives the reader a persistent glimpse to how things might conclude... that makes it worse - you sort of know what is going to happen at the end, but not really. And apparently Rothfuss isn't in a hurry to finish his work. The Wise Man's Fear was published in 2011, and we are still waiting.
Patrick Rothfuss, you need to get this sucker done! Don't pull a George Martin on us. You are better than that (and unless something changes, you don't have HBO to help). So stop aiming for perfection and ship it!
Now roughly sixteen years old in his tales, Kvothe takes a leave from the University to become court musician in a distant province. There, he discovers a plot on the mayor's life, helps the mayor court a noblewoman, and is later sent into the wilds with hired mercenaries to hunt down bandits. On his way back, Kvothe has a run-in with the goddess of lust, Felurian, then studies swordfighting with the stoic Adem warriors.
Adventures like these make up most of the novel, with very little action in the present. As I mentioned in my review of The Name of the Wind, I wish Rothfuss would spend more time in the present—the town has just been attacked by demons, yet Kvothe's past is somehow more pressing. Again, there's also no real end to the novel—Kvothe finishes telling one of his tales and decides it's getting late—but at least the final adventure was the result of a conscious decision and not something that Kvothe literally stumbles into like in book one. In this respect, I suppose Kvothe is becoming somewhat less of the accidental hero he was at the outset.
Halfway through the book, I was convinced The Wise Man's Fear was a three-star novel. Early on there are scenes in which the story is told, rather than shown, and others in which all of Kvothe's outstanding problems are solved in the span of a few short chapters. As the book progresses, however, the novel's depth improves substantially, with Kvothe facing several difficult and defining challenges that begin to bridge the gap between the young student and the man of legend. Four stars.
The first half of the book felt like it did a good job of moving the story along, sending Kvothe to new places and learning new ways. Instead of following this storyline that you have become so attached to, you get to read 15 chapters of Kvothe laying around, eating, and having sex. The only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I had already invested so much time into the book.
Read at your own risk!
Don't let that detract you from a purchase! It's a very good book and distinguishes itself in interesting and refreshing ways from the first.
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Really looking forward to the third book in the trilogy.