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

4.55 of 5 stars 4.55  ·  rating details  ·  116,359 ratings  ·  7,697 reviews
In The Wise Man's Fear, 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, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who n...more
Hardcover, 994 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Penguin Daw Books
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Dec 04, 2013 Patrick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (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...more
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Eric Allen
The Wise Man’s Fear
By Patrick Rothfuss

A Review by Eric Allen

One thing I can say for Patrick Rothfuss is that he has great ideas. Unfortunately, great ideas do not a great story make. I have heard rumors that the first book, The Name of the Wind, took eleven years of revisions and rewrites to finally get published. Whether that is true or not, his hard work paid off. Since its release, the internet hype over the future of the trilogy has been building to monumental proportions. Rothfuss has devel...more
mark monday

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...more
Feb 20, 2009 Ronando marked it as to-read
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!
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...more
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...more

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...more
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...more
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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
Tim Hicks
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
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.
*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...more
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...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...more
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...more
Robin Hobb
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.
Michael S.
I took a look back at my copy of The Name of the Wind. The second book, The Wise Man's Fear, had an asterisk and denoted that it would be released SOON in hardback. That was a long time ago. Honestly, that is what bothers me. Don't make promises you can't fulfill. HOWEVER, I also re-read Rothfuss's dedication page in that book. In the second part, he dedicated it to his father for teaching him that if you're going to do something, take the time to do it right. I think we should bear that in mind...more
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
Faye (The Social Potato)
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
**** possible spoilers *****

Remember the part in NOTW where Kvothe went off on the wild goose chase in Treborn and tossed it up with the draccus? If you liked that part, then WMF will rock your boat, but if 'draccus' is synonymous with the most irrelevant and dull side adventure ever, then we're on the same page.

#1: University - what the hell? so kvothe likes to get drunk and play music. We get it. It's like at a point rothfuss started copying and pasting over Ankers scenes and Fishery scenes. A...more
Kevin Hearne
The long wait for this book was definitely worth it. If you haven't read The Name of the Wind, please do, then follow up with this. It's the best storytelling out there, period, until he writes the last book of this trilogy. I can't stand to give you a synopsis or spoil a single sentence of it for you; it's an experience you owe to yourself and I wouldn't dream of ruining a moment of it. Enjoy.
update 4/20/12: Right-o, so I've been pondering this for a while and thought this required some clarification. My feelings after reading the book became more negative the more I thought about it, and I considered dropping it down to two stars; reading a certain post from the author kinda confirmed some suspicions about the way some things were written and gave me the final incentive to do it. The original review is still intact under the spoiler tag below -- and I even said upon originally finis...more
The Name of the Wind was one of the best fantasy novels I've read in the past several years, so it was inevitable that the second book in Patrick Rothfuss's debut trilogy would have a hard time living up to expectations. Although I really liked it, I felt like rather than building on the awesomeness of book one, Rothfuss kind of let his momentum carry him through the second book. It would have been better had they been released as one volume, except of course it would have been the phonebook-siz...more
This book was truly marvelous, even better than the first.

A thing to keep in mind when undertaking the reading of The Name of the Wind or The Wise Man's Fear is that these are not your everyday fantasy novels. Throughout these two books, much emphasis is given to the idea of a well-told story. The characters regularly tell each other stories, and Kvothe in particular prides himself on being an excellent story-teller.

Kvothe's story, as told in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, is much...more
David Sven
I am most disappointed with this book. It was only 43 hours long on Audible and now it's done. Where is the next book? Where is the third day of storytelling? Now there is just silence. I should be able to say 'It was a silence of three parts". Except there are only 2 parts so far.

Speaking of two parts. If you are an Audible subscriber and they want to sting you for two credits for this book, complain bitterly by email. In all likelihood you will score yourself an extra credit to use towards th...more
There are three things all wise men fear. A sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.

These are just three things Kvothe faces in The Wise Man’s Fear, the second day of the story of his life he narrates to The Chronicler.

The Wise Man’s Fear maintains the emotional intensity and beauty of Rothfuss’ writing as Kvothe weaves his life story. We learn of many things over the course of the second day; how Kvothe meets Felurian, his time training with the Adem, and how the legen...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Originally posted here.

Well. It should be no secret that I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I first read The Name of the Wind back in early 2009. Since then, I've been on a crusade to make as many people read it as possible. I haven't kept up an exact count, but I know the number of people that have picked it up because of me is around 20. When people ask me what my favorite book is, that is the book I tell them. When I re-read it last month, I just loved it more. Now, after finally...more
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In high-school Pat was something of a class clown. His hobbies included reading a novel or two a day and giving relationship advice to all of his femal...more
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