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The Wise Man's Fear

(The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  491,250 ratings  ·  24,558 reviews
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 Trebon. 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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Lucy Hattersley I liked it right up to the point where he had "Legend Sex With Queen Of Teh Faries" and was "Best At Sex Evah" from that point on.

The spell was broken…more
I liked it right up to the point where he had "Legend Sex With Queen Of Teh Faries" and was "Best At Sex Evah" from that point on.

The spell was broken and I just sniggered through the rest. It read like a 16-year-old Reddit wank fantasy from that point on.(less)
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.…moreActually, 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.(less)

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Eric Allen
Sep 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm
Aug 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, utter-shite
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mark monday
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

Mark Lawrence
Jan 02, 2015 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
Apr 22, 2010 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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
There, I've read it. Now I never want to hear about it again.

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Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High fantasy fans
Shelves: favorites
4.5/5 stars

The Wise Man’s Fear had all the potential to be better than The Name of the Wind, and although this is still an amazing book, putting it in comparison with its predecessor show how it fell a bit short in quality.

Picture: The Wise Man's Fear Part 1 by Marc Simonetti

The plot in The Wise Man’s Fear started on Day 2, straight after the end of The Name of the Wind. Kvothe continues telling his tale to Chronicler with Bast listening to it. If you think the pacing of The Name of the Wind was
Oct 03, 2010 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

A farewell letter to my Kvothe.

WOW. Oh, wow.

It just dawned on me that Kvothe and I won’t be meeting again for another, what, 10 to 15 years? Sounds about right. The inevitable long await is so disheartening and the fury's already starting to creep in.
Thus, Kvothe, this's my farewell letter to you.

Dearest favourite douche in fantasy,

Let's get real, here, you rub people the wrong way (not me. Never me). But people do talk and the consensus is that you’re arrogant, kind of an ass, a little bit of
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a review of three parts (revisited)

dawn was coming. the keys of a laptop lay in stillness to continue a review, and it was a review of three parts.

the most obvious part was a vast, echoing question made by answers that were lacking. if there had been more pages, words would have wrapped and scattered across the sheets of paper beneath anxious hands. ideas would have formed and floated and chased the question across the mind like a wisp of summer breeze. if
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss(Kingkiller Chronicle,#2)
As a middle book of the series, this book is incredible. Adored the story, the magic system, and the world Patrick has created. The thing I felt is if you love fast-paced books, you may not like this book.
And such an actorish narrator Rupert Degas is!! I can only appreciate Rupert Degas for excellent and in-depth storytelling. No doubt, the narrator had a special care for the characters.

Anyone can love a thing because. That's as eas
Caz (littlebookowl)
I am SO excited to read this. Omg. AHH.

Second time reading this, and I decided to listen to the audiobook - I really enjoyed the narration. It was a long audiobook, but it was enjoyable every second of the way.
Lisa of Troy
Feb 26, 2022 rated it liked it
The Wise Man’s Fear is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series with the first book being The Name of the Wind. In this book, Kvothe is sitting around his inn telling the story of his adventures as a young man. He speaks of his time at the university, a journey in Vintas, leading a group of mercenaries, and a stint with Felurian.

This book was not as good as The Name of the Wind—the storytelling was off. The first book was amazing. It was like sitting around a campfire and hearing an am
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, epic-fantasy

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
Apr 02, 2011 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
Sep 02, 2009 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
Sean Barrs
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 made 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 e ...more
Tim Hicks
Sep 18, 2011 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
Robin Hobb
Feb 24, 2013 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.

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
Jan 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm not angry at the hours spent reading a book that I'd rate 1 star. It was like an exercise in self-restraint and meditation. Having said that, it's sometimes useful to write negatively about 1 star books. I won't hide the fact that I was indeed exposed to substandard fare.

Kvothe lost all the creed he had with me in book 1. Here he is nothing, either as Kvothe or as Kote. His adventures are insipid and he comes across as a huge boar. That's right. Don Quixote has more lucidity in his little fi
J.L.   Sutton
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear is a great continuation (book #2) of the KingKiller Chronicle. We learn much about the precocious young wizard, Kvothe, and we get more of a feel for the conflicts and turmoil of the present from which Kvothe tells his story. I kept asking myself, "How is Rothfuss going to resolve that?" I am now one of the seeming legion who are anxiously (patiently?) awaiting the final installment of the trilogy. I'm just not sure how he can do it in one book (even a big ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Initial thoughts: very absorbing as usual. Loving how Rothfuss handles the switch from Kote to Kvothe. I've just reached the part where (view spoiler). Espe ...more
May 09, 2008 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
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
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I've decided to change my rating to 5 stars. How can I not when the story is so epic and my attachment to Kvothe keeps growing?!

Original review:
Not sure whether to rate this 4 or 5 stars yet, but I think I'll end up probably changing it to 5. There's something about these stories that you know will stay with you for a while. The more you think about it, the better it becomes. And the more you begin to love and appreciate it.

I definitely preferred this instalment to the first book. Th
Claudia Ramírez
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-sons, 2017
OK Kvothe is always making the most stupid decisions. But now it's been two days since I finished this book and I MISS HIM. I need the third installment and I know I won't get it anytime soon. ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
After reading a couple of hundred pages and skimming much of the rest of this 1000 page tome, I'm going to send it back to the library unfinished. Here's the deal: I enjoyed the first book, The Name of the Wind, quite a bit, but there were a few things that were starting to bug me by the end, and I was dismayed to discover that everything that bugged me in the first book is still being rehashed in the second.

The book seems to be recycling the same storylines as the first book in the series: Kvo
Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 14, 2011 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
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It all began when Pat Rothfuss was born to a marvelous set of parents. Throughout his formative years they encouraged him to do his best, gave him good advice, and were no doubt appropriately dismayed when he failed to live up to his full potential.

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 his friends

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