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.

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