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

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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
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Published March 1st 2011
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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.
Marlowe I actually think Denna is quite well written. When I was a teenager, I had a friend who was in an abusive relationship, and it was so frustrating and…moreI actually think Denna is quite well written. When I was a teenager, I had a friend who was in an abusive relationship, and it was so frustrating and heartbreaking to watch. Like Kvothe, I wanted to be able to snap her out of it, or maybe even to be her rescuer, but it just doesn't work that way. You can't save someone from their own choices.

Instead, I had to learn - just like Kvothe - that all I could do was be there for her. I could be her respite, and I could be a reminder of what she could have in a romantic relationship. And, in the end, she did leave the guy, and I was the one she came to for support, and she's now doing very well. But there were many bridges burned with other friends and her family when they tried to rescue her and broke contact with them.

So for me, I'm really enjoying Denna's character because she reads so real. Even better, she isn't just a woman in an abusive relationship - she's also a musician, one who is very talented when she has the opportunity to learn. She's funny, she's smart, she knows how to blend in with many different cultures and social classes, etc. Yes, like Kvothe, she seems to have a touch of Best-At-Everything-itis, but it seems only fair if he's going to have such a bad case of it.

As for the other women... I don't know. It's rather frustrating, though. It's been a while since I read Name of the Wind, but I feel like it's worse here - especially in the last 1/3 of the book where Kvothe gets to be The Best At Sex. I found that whole bit read so much like a 16 year old boy's fanfics.

But other than that, I do think the female characters are reasonably well written when they are actually present. The world does seem to have a rather pronounced gender imbalance, but I like the fact that all the secondary character women (as opposed to background characters) would be perfectly fine if Kvothe didn't exist. Even the ones he thinks needs him to save him, like Denna and Auri, do perfectly well taking care of themselves when he isn't around. In particular, I'm thinking of the way he gets food and clothes for Auri out of concern that she'd starve and freeze to death without him - then he's gone for the better part of the year and returns to find her totally fine, just like she was before he met her. (less)

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Eric Allen
Sep 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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mark monday
HULK SMASH KVOTHE!

KVOTHE CAN DO ANYTHING AND THAT MAKE HULK ANGRY! NOT BECAUSE HULK IS JEALOUS! BUT BECAUSE HULK THINKS THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND MAKES HULK ROLL EYES AND SNORT AT THOUGHT OF 100% PERFECT KVOTHE! KVOTHE IS BEST LUTE PLAYER, IS BEST SONG WRITER, IS BEST WEAPON-MAKER, IS BEST FIGHTER, IS BEST ACTOR, IS BEST INVESTIGATOR, IS BEST KILLER, IS BEST GIRL RESCUER, IS BEST MAGICIAN, IS BEST IS BEST IS BEST IS BEST! EVEN FAERIE ENCHANTRESS LOVE KVOTHE BECAUSE KVOTHE IS BEST FIRST-TIME LOVER I
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Patrick
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
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Simeon
Aug 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: utter-shite, fantasy
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Mark Lawrence
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.html.
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Gavin
Oct 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Generally:
1. Someone outside the established system will bring in something n
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
I am SO excited to read this. Omg. AHH.

Edit
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.
Petrik
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High fantasy fans
Shelves: owned-physical
The Wise Man’s Fear had all the potential to be better than The Name of the Wind and although this is still a great book, putting it in comparison with its prequel show how this one fell short in quality.

Picture: The Wise Man’s Fear main quote



The plot of WMF, still as simplistic as the previous book, started on Day 2 straight after the end of NotW with Kvothe sharing his life journey to Chronicler with Bast listening to it. If you think the pacing of NotW was slow, believe me that Rothfuss manag
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Felicia
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, faves
FINALLY!!

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
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Tyson
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bookdragon 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 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
Jake
Apr 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ronando
May 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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J.L.   Sutton
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cassy
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
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Tim Hicks
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mpauli
Prologue:

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
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Warda
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EDIT:
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
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Robin Hobb
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Raeleen Lemay
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*4.5*

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
-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
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Petros Triantafyllou
You know that feeling when you finish a book and think "It wasn't as good as the first, i should rate it with less stars", but then think "It is still excellent, and doesn't deserve less than a perfect score" ? That's the case here.

TWMF wasn't the perfect, one in a million book as was TNOTW. It didn't gave us the answers we were seeking, it didn't followed the paths we desired, it didn't even gave us a conclusion on some open fronts. But it was still a great story, and once again, Rothfuss prov
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Melanie
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1.) The Name of the Wind ★★★★★
2.) The Wise Man's Fear ★★★★★
2.4) The Lightning Tree ★★★★★
2.5) The Slow Regard of Silent Things ★★★★★
3.) Doors of Stone n/a



This review is going to contain mild spoilers and theory crafting, so I have to caution you while reading this if you are not familiar with this amazing world.

“I do this so you cannot help but hear. A wise man views a moonless night with fear.”

Obviously I'm being a little bit presumptuous, but I believe The Kingkiller Chronicles will be the bes
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Tessy Teres
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Very patient people
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
”Nothing in the world is harder than convincing someone of an unfamiliar truth.”

I think an unfamiliar truth that would be hard convincing me about is the fact that the third book might never be released. I do have a theory, maybe the next book is actually 6000 pages long, that's why it's taking this long, right??? Nahh.

Am going to put aside my thoughts and theories about the next book and talk about this book for a moment.

This book starts off where book one ended and it's actually the second
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Stefan
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Cait • A Page with a View
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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Clau R.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bradley
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Heroic Fantasy
Recommended to Bradley by: No one
Update 10/8/17:
Re-Read with buddies!
I'm pretty much exactly where I was the first time I read it. It reads like a wonderful dream and I could keep immersing myself in this story FOREVER. There's no real point where I ever get tired of anything. The text is not only clear, it's mythological and astounding and I frankly love how Kvothe keeps on adding his skills indefinitely.

Sure, he's an unreliable narrator but there's so damn much that he has done, so it's really hard to separate the truth as h
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Ben Johnson
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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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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The Kingkiller Chronicle (3 books)
  • The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
  • Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #3)
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” 4758 likes
“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.” 2455 likes
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