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The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)

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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
Hardcover, First Edition, 994 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by DAW Books
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Linda Barnett Actually, I don't care - it's so refreshing to read books that don't conform to formula that I'll be happy wherever the story takes me.
Isabelle The second book (The Wise Man's Fear) is even better than the first.
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The second book (The Wise Man's Fear) is even better than the first.
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Jul 04, 2011 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy, faves

How much can I rave about these books? The storytelling is so engrossing, the worldbuilding super immersive, and the characters pull all the stellar elements together in a series that truly defines epic fantasy. You want to KNOW these characters, you want to see them interact, and you definitely want to go on a journey with them.

After reading a lot of paperback UF novels, I felt so pleased that this book provided what felt like 4 books-worth of story and development and wonderfulness fo
Dec 03, 2014 Ronando rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy_scifi
When THE HELL is this book coming out?? The first book grabbed me by the throat and threw me down and had it's way with me and I am fast becoming impatient in having it happen a second time.

... This better not turn into another George R.R. Martin wait! Or ... or... or I shall be extremely vexed. VEXED I tell you!

Update 11/10/2014
We now haves this book and we reads it. Oh yes precious, we do and we loves it. It is the precious.

The Wise Man's Fear is absolutely fantastic. Rothfuss has propelled
Mar 29, 2011 Tyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, 2011
It's hard to write a review after reading a book like this. It's like reviewing a sunset after a spring storm. Yes, that's a poetic image, and that's what Rothfuss does to your brain. I plan on selling all my worldly possessions soon and devoting my life to chasing the wind...

But meanwhile, I'll try to do this book justice. It starts much as Name of the Wind ended, with Kvothe still a 15 year old at the University. It spends about 300 pages in this mode. Kvothe has a handful of new adventures at
Dec 04, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, it's done. And it's been a long time coming...

Back in late 2009 I finally got the book to the point where I was satisfied with it. It was an okay book. It was a book that if I had to publish it, I knew it wouldn't embarrass me.

By May 2010 I'd re-written the book to the point where I was happy with it. It was a good book. It was a book I was pleased with.

By my final deadline in November 2010, I'd revised things to the point where I was excited about it. It was a great book. It was finall
May 09, 2015 Simeon rated it did not like it
Shelves: utter-shite, fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 29, 2012 Gavin rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
So, there's an established phenomenon that I don't think anyone has coined a snappy title for yet, in my head I call it "Fabulous but Unpredicted Success Leads to a Complete lack of Editorial Constraint or Outside Input Whatsoever which-in-turn Leads to Creative Stagnation and Catastrophe". FUSLCECOIWLCSC. Foo-Sil-Kec-Oiw-Lecuscu. Not going to be printed in a newspaper any time soon, but it's true in all kinds of media.

1. Someone outside the established system will bring in something n
Dec 01, 2010 Peter rated it it was amazing
Not sure about the other reviewers, but I have actually read this book.

It is really friggin' good, and I don't say that lightly.

I will write a more detailed review closer to the pub date.
Patrick Rothfuss sang to me. Literally sang “You are my sunshine” to me last Sunday. More on that later.

I didn’t want this book to end. When I was within sprinting distance of the end, I actually put the book down, bought groceries, and vacuumed the stairs. (My husband was pleasantly surprised.) I wanted so desperately to savor those last fifty pages that the parking lot at Target didn’t seem like an ideal location. Thus, I acted like a normal human for a couple hours until I could curl on my co
*Vinaya emerges from her cave, blinking owlishly at the sun*

You gotta admire a man who can hold your interest through two days and 994 pages of more or less nonstop reading. The second installment of Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles, The Wise Man's Fear, is just as compelling and beautifully written as the first. Kvothe returns in full glory to recount more of his adventures at the University, at Vintas and in Ademre.

I was a little annoyed and more than a little impatient through most of
Mar 01, 2011 Stefan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars

If, like me, you were so impressed with The Name of the Wind that you neglected all but the most pressing business until you turned the final page, you may have decided to give it a quick re-read in anticipation of the sequel. If you did, you probably spotted this quote in Chapter 43:

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

After a long but worthwhile wait, we now have the second novel in The Kingkiller Chronicle, an
Apr 13, 2011 Jake rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the first book, but did not feel the same way about this one. Fantasy books are meant to be the unbelievable, this much is certain, and the heroes that take the starring role are meant to be people of great intrigue and who can accomplish completely incredible feats, but it feels that it's pushed a bit too far in this book.

Kvothe not only is an amazing arcanist, a prodigy with a memory so perfect that he can call up how people smelled on a single day years ago, but he's a musician, and
Ben Johnson
The first third of The Wise Man’s Fear is a repeat of the plot conflicts of The Name of the Wind. Kvothe is back at the University, but worries about tuition; Ambrose tries to ruin Kvothe’s life; Kvothe loses his instrument, rhapsodizes about how much music means to him, and then gets it back; Denna comes and goes. After the Harry Potter setting is abandoned, the book goes into several side-conflicts that take up more time than they seem to warrant. And then the book ends.

Once again, there is no
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 18, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I finished this last night....finally. While there are moments in this book of brilliant writing they are (for me) interspersed with LLLLOOONNNGGG stretches of yawningly boring prose. Had the book been maybe two thirds it's length I think it could have been better.

Without spoilers I found that the story of Kvothe wanders along getting almost nowhere...yes I know we established some more of it here, but not a lot and we're about where we were in a lot of ways. The story in the book's "present" is
Jun 17, 2011 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, sf-f, 2011
I don't understand why I keep reading these books when they're poorly written, poorly plotted, sexist, shallow, and insulting to my intelligence. Kvothe is a douchebag, women exist solely for his emotional/sexual edification, and the entire plot is so painfully contrived that it makes me cringe.

So actually, that's a lie. I do know why I keep reading these books: because I keep hoping that there will be a twist somewhere along the line where Kote is like LOL JUST KIDDING, I'M NOT ACTUALLY THAT GU
Eric Allen
Nov 26, 2014 Eric Allen rated it did not like it
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Tim Hicks
Nov 24, 2011 Tim Hicks rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have almost 1500 SF/F books in my database, and I've probably read 500 more that I forgot to list. I have never read a book that was simultaneously so bad and so good. I suspect that as time passes I will like it less. You know when you go to the local Enormous Portions restaurant and go with the meat in the rich gravy with the fries and onion rings, and the mud pie for dessert, and a couple of drinks, and you enjoy it all. Until near the end of the meal, when you don't feel so good; then you ...more

There was an echo of three parts. The first echo was the most obvious one. It told of promises unfullfilled, questions unanswered and time invested. It was an echo of frustration.
The second echo was more subtle. A yawning of the mind reverberating through synapses untrained. It was an echo of boredom.
The final echo felt like a spiral, winding its way ever downward, digging deeper into the matter of things. It was an echo of reviews within reviews within reviews.

Chapter 1:

"The wise man's
missEvi [can't commit to a book]
24 hours

Number of pages: almost 1000

Hours I've slept: 5

Eye condition: let’s just say I can’t leave the house because people will be afraid

Body condition: 40% discomfort from not moving

Times people talked to me and I didn’t respond: almost 10

Times I cursed Patrick Rothfuss because there is no release date for book 3: 78

Times I cursed myself for not reading this sooner: at least 30

Times I cursed myself for starting it even though only 2 books are released: I've lost count
Robin Hobb
Apr 09, 2013 Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing
I like stories where I cannot predict what will happen next. Patrick Rothfuss writes stories like that. Good solid characters and a plot that unfolds as unpredictably as life itself.
Faye, la Patata
Aug 08, 2013 Faye, la Patata rated it did not like it
Good lord, this was okay, but it was bad at the same time. The first book was written way, way, way better. This one was just unnecessarily long and full of filler chapters that provide no substance to the overall story. Many "arcs" were dragging, like his time with Felurian (the scene with the all-knowing tree was cool, though) and his time training the art of Ketan. It dragged so much and I skipped a lot of pointless training scenes, and I didn't even miss anything substantial. I really need a ...more
mark monday
Jan 12, 2014 mark monday rated it really liked it

Raeleen Lemay
May 19, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own

WOW. wOwWowWOw.

I can't really form sentences right now (at the time I'm writing this, I literally spent the past 15 hours reading this book. yeah), so I'll just make a couple of lists here.

Things I liked (or rather loved) about the book

-Kvothe's insane growth as a character and just as a human
-Kvothe's friends (I want my very own Simmon, please + thx)
-it's so fucking funny guys you have no idea
-getting to see different parts of the world
-getting to experience different cultures in th
Brandon Sanderson
(This review is from 2011.)

In case you haven’t heard, today is the release day of the long-awaited sequel to The Name of the Wind , a delightful debut fantasy novel by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve had the privilege of reading the book, so I thought I’d post a heads-up here for those of you who read my blog, along with a review. (Of sorts.) Also, a reminder, I did an interview with Pat (and he kind of interviewed me back) for Amazon. You can read it at this link:
helen the bookowl
After having finished this sequel in the Kingkiller Chronicles series, I'm now convinced that this is the best fantasy I've ever read! These books have everything: A beautiful narrative, stunning prose, the best plot and the most interesting characters. Patrick Rothfuss takes you on such a journey that you don't even realize that the books are 1000 pages long. You start reading and you want more and more.
I can find no fault with this series. It has the largest library in the world, the coolest
Mark Lawrence
Apr 02, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing
There's a tendency when reading a series to rate the books against each other rather than against the world. I've seen it done to my own books: I loved XXXX of Thorns but it wasn't as good as YYYY of Thorns ... so 4*.

I didn't enjoy The Wise Man's Fear as much as I enjoyed The Name of the Wind. I didn't enjoy A Dance With Dragons as much as I enjoyed A Game of Thrones. But I'm giving them ALL 5* because compared to most books I read ... they're noticeably better. I won't 4* this book to make my p
Aug 15, 2016 Kaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he'll look for his own answers.”

The first half of the book is much better than the Name Of The Wind, but the second half is slow and not very instructive. Kvothe is as strong protagonist as ever, but I'm getting tired of not knowing anyone else's personality but his. The writing style is still fluent, harmonious and as
Sep 27, 2016 Nihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Son kitap ben yaşlanmadan çıkarsa mutlu olacağım.
Oct 06, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Oh Kvothe.
Bookworm Sean
Patrick Rothfuss almost did it again. He almost wielded his magic like he did the first time; he almost teased me in the same way and me feel like I was part of the story, but, ultimately, stumbled over his own words. This book had the potential to be like the first, though he didn’t quite pull it off. Its main problem was that it simply had too much story, which translated as a complete structural mess. The plot was good, but there was just too much of it in the word count; there was enough ...more
Cait • A Page with a View
Sep 18, 2016 Cait • A Page with a View rated it did not like it
Shelves: high-fantasy
I thought that I had reached my limit of disliking the main character and the rambling story in the first book, but this took things to a WHOLE new level. I decided to read this because I was confused by the first book's high ratings and wanted to see if anything improved in the sequel.

But guess what? Kvothe's still here. AND HE'S STILL BETTER THAN YOU.

Instead of repeating my previous review about this special snowflake/Gary Stu, let me just leave the actual book description here:
"My name is Kvo
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