The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear

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Discover #1 New York Times -bestselling Patrick Rothfuss' epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.

"I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss." --Lin-Manuel Miranda * "He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." --George R. R. Martin * "Rothfuss has real talent." --Terry Brooks


"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. You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale told from his own point of view--a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man's Fear , Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:

"The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy."
-- George R. R. Martin , New York Times -bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire

"Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
-- Terry Brooks , New York Times -bestselling author of Shannara

"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
-- Ursula K. Le Guin , award-winning author of Earthsea

"The characters are real and the magic is true."
-- Robin Hobb , New York Times -bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice

"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
-- Brandon Sanderson , New York Times -bestselling author of Mistborn
Publisher: New York : Daw Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780756404734
Characteristics: 993 p. ;,24 cm.


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sjpl_rebekah Jun 25, 2020

When it comes to epic fantasy, it really does not get more epic than Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle. Rothfuss’ worldbuilding is unparalleled, and his character development is on point. My greatest criticism for this installment of the series is that it had too much whimsy at certain points. Although this is a book about a magic wielder, the more magical aspects regarding faeries and the Chandrian always strike me as secondary to the rest of the plot. Similarly, the “interludes” leave me with more far more confusion than clarity. It is difficult to understand how that narrative and portrayal of an older Kvothe plays into the larger story. I imagine that if Rothfuss ever decides to grace his readers with the long awaited final book, most of my questions will be answered.

As with the first book, I found Kvothe’s relationship with Denna to be exceptionally annoying. I am, however, interested in seeing what the significance of that relationship will be in the final book. Her mysterious and abusive benefactor will undoubtedly be important to the storyline, and I am anxious for that big reveal.

This was a very lengthy book and a big investment of time, but I am glad that I read it. Some segments seemed to drag on, but overall, I found Kvothe’s adventures to be very interesting and engaging. It was nice to take a step away from the university setting and see new lands and cultures. I am excited to see where Kvothe goes next, but I am not holding my breath. It has, after all, been almost ten years since this book’s publication, and still no release date for the final book is in sight.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 03, 2019

Second of a trilogy (GRRM syndrome) and the third is still not available.

Rothfuss ups his story-telling game in the second of The Kingkiller Chronicles. We follow Kvothe through the second day of him telling the story of his life. If anything this novel is better than the first. Both are great stories, the kind of book where you keep turning the page to find out what happens next and suspending disbelief is as easy as breathing.

Where this book excels over the first is that Kvothe is humanized. Rather than being a prodigy at everything, Kvothe faces trials and tribulations, even when he's still, well... excellent at nearly everything. Rothfuss pulls in more of the story in the contemporary timeline, but the big pull of this story is that it is great as a story.

I think of other high fantasy series and they nearly always have an underlying agenda. Tolkien and his anti-industrial message, even the aforementioned GRR Martin and his embodiment of avoiding the high fantasy stereotypes, are neatly avoided as Rothfuss focuses simply on a good story. If you enjoy fantasy and easy entertainment, The Wise Man's Fear delivers.

Jul 03, 2019

Book 2

May 09, 2018

Wish I had known before I started this series, that there is no third book yet, even though originally the publisher said that all three were written before the 1st one was published. Everyone speculates as to why he has not put out the third book. But I have waited before. Someday it might show up and then I will get to re-read the first two just to get myself in the groove.

Mar 21, 2018

The only thing that kept me powering through this mess of a book was my undeniable love for the first book. The Wise Man's Fear is almost 1000 pages and countless hours of reading about effectively NOTHING. There is barely a millimeter of plot advancement after The Name of the Wind. If the third book ever comes out you could genuinely read the first book, skip this one, and read the third without having missed anything of great consequence. Alternatively, reading the plot summary at will give you everything you will need and you can skip this book entirely. The only reason to read this book at all is for Rothfuss' magnificent prose, and it's not even worth it for that.

I don't want to go on a big tangent about how much I dislike this book so I'll keep it short. Before we part I have a couple things to say:
1. I hate Denna. Eff you, Pat. I wanted to like Denna. I really liked her when Kvothe first met her on the way out of Tarbean but you ruined her. She got bad in TNoTW but she got a million times worse in this one.
2. I HATE FELURIAN. WHY did you do that?! WHy?! It was so unnecessary. I wasted part of my life on that long-winded completely pointless and horrible sexcapade! Unforgivable. It made me so angry! I am seething with rage.
3. I loved Kvothe, but now I'm starting to dislike him. His start, his motivations could have made such a good story but it is RUINED. I don't know if the third book could ever save this series or the character of Kvothe but I sure as shit hope it does.
4. I LOVE Elodin. If you wrote a whole book about him I can't see myself rating it any less than 4-5 stars. Seriously. Getting a taste of him in this book and then leaving to go on one of the most pointless journeys in all of the literature was truly a painful experience. Elodin, Auri, Celean, Bast, and the prose are pretty much all of what saved this book from being 1 star.

In conclusion: You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

Mar 20, 2018

Rothfuss is an incredible writer, and these books are sure to be remembered as classics. One thing I especially like about them is they're nicely accessible for readers who aren't so experienced with fantasy. Rothfuss doesn't overwhelm you with terminology, lineages, strange names, etc. His storytelling style is organic and understated. Considering how long these books are, they read really fast. It'll be interesting to see what Lin-Manuel Miranda does with the planned movie and TV show adaptations!

Dec 21, 2017

Loved the second book of the series. Was sorry when it was done. I will miss Kvothe and his friends while waiting for the next book.

Dec 04, 2017

This is the next book after 'The Name of the Wind'. Patrick Rothfuss takes the series deeper and pulls you further into his reality that he created. Well crafted, well structured, and overall wonderfully written.

Warning: This series is extremely addictive and will take over your life while you read it, and you will hang you in suspense for months while you wait for the 'The Doors of Stone', of which has no current release date according to the latest update by Patrick Rothfuss.

Nov 18, 2017

The follow up to the Rothfuss's widely loved The Name of the Wind. This entry is somewhat different than the previous story in that there are a lot more places where nothing is happening. That isn't to say The Name of the Wind was action packed, only that this story spends more time describing the settings than the first story does. Once you get far enough into it, it becomes just as enjoyable as the original book. Maybe even more-so, as the subject matter gets more adult and there is a good amount more violence than in the original story. The only part of the story that doesn't develop is the part happening in 'real time' (outside of Kvothe telling his story). We see that despite what he tells the townsfolk, the Chronicler and Bast, 'Kote' really doesn't want his new, safe, weak identity. But we get no explanation on what caused his downfall and is still hobbling his strength, magic, and music. Before starting this series I was aware it would be a GRRM-esque wait for the next book. While the Game of Thrones show made giving up on Martin's next book a lot easier, I suspect it will be a hard wait for the followup to this book as well..

SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017

The Wise Man’s Fear is the sequel to Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. It remains a solid fantasy story, though it feels a bit more generic as it goes along. Kvothe hunts bandits and goes to the faerie realm and becomes a badass fighter in an exotic school with different cultural norms around sec, along with his magickal university exploits. There’s not much crazily new to this story compared to any other high fantasy kind of thing based on someone’s D&D campaign.

But Rothfuss just writes it all really well. The dialogue is great. The situations are more realistic and well-detailed versions of things you see in lesser books (well, the women are written more poorly than the men). I’ve gotten a little frustrated with the breakneck pace of how much has happened in three years of Kvothe’s life, but whatever. You don’t read a fantasy novel for its boring people I guess.

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Oct 29, 2019

“All the truth in the world is held in stories.”

Oct 29, 2019

“I have an apple that thinks its a pear. And a bun that thinks it’s a cat. And a lettuce that thinks its a lettuce."
"It’s a clever lettuce, then."
"Hardly," she said with a delicate snort. "Why would anything clever think it’s a lettuce?"
"Even if it is a lettuce?" I asked.
"Especially then," she said. "Bad enough to be a lettuce. How awful to think you are a lettuce too.”

Oct 29, 2019

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

Oct 29, 2019

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

Jun 21, 2016

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

Jul 12, 2014

“Wil and Sim took turns watching over me as I slept, keeping me safe with their Alar. They were the best sort of friends. The sort everyone hopes for but no one deserves, least of all me.”

Jul 12, 2014

Elodin to Kvothe: “Caution suits an arcanist. Assurance suits a namer. Fear does not suit either. It does not suit you.”

May 01, 2014

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

May 01, 2014

“It’s not over if you’re still here,” Chronicler said. “It’s not a tragedy if you’re still alive.”

Bast nodded eagerly at this, looking back at Kvothe.

Kvothe looked at both of them for a moment, then smiled and chuckled low in his chest. “Oh,” he said fondly. “You’re both so young.”

May 02, 2012

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

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