The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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For those of you who don’t know already, this is the sequel to Rothfuss’s first novel, The Name of the Wind. It continues the story of Kvothe, a young arcanist learning at the famous University.

A LOT happens in this books. It covers a bit more than a year of Kvothe’s young life – he starts out still at the University, still in love with Denna, and still causing trouble and lusting after knowledge. Still hunting for answers about the Amyr and the Chandrian.

Those of you who haven’t read The Name of the Wind have no clue what I’m talking about. And so I’m going to save my finer details and summaries for when I’m discussing with other fans of the first book. And instead I’ll list my likes and dislikes about the book.

OK, the good things:

  • Kvothe is such an awesome character. He’s such a real heroic persona. Always trying to do the right thing for those who deserve it, and always being such a sneaky smartass to those who deserve that. He’s insanely clever, though not without his own flaws and mistakes.
  • The writing is, of course, beautiful. I think that Rothfuss should consider writing just a book of tales and short stories “from” this world that he’s created.
  • It’s 993 pages. When it takes 4 years for a sequel to come out, it definitely helps that it’s massively long. Makes it feel more worth the wait.
  • Some of the great tales about the legendary Kvothe are explained. His time with Felurian, for example. If you read the blurb on the back of The Name of the Wind, it alludes to all these daring and epic adventures that Kvothe has been through, and it’s nice to see them taking place.
  • I love the friends that Kvothe has at the University and at Imre. My favorite parts of the book are always when he’s there… it feels like it’s where he belongs, which is exactly what we readers are supposed to feel about it.

The not-so-good things:

  • I feel like the book could have been shorter without losing much. Around the middle, I started to get kind of antsy. While it was nice to see Kvothe traveling about, absolutely too much time was spent on being at court, tracking bandits, being with Felurian, and training with the Adem. There’s a lot of interest and good information that came out of these things, but it also kind of dragged. I don’t need 100+ pages to hear all the different ways in which Kvothe and Felurian fool around.
  • At the end of this book, Kvothe is 17-18 years old (while the “present-day” Kvothe telling the story is approximately somewhere in his 20’s). So… the third book is going to have to be very long, be split into two books, or it’s going to have to move at a much faster pace than these other books have. And I don’t want the third book to feel rushed when it finally comes out.

Those are really my only complaints. That there were some parts that seemed unnecessarily long, and that the story, while fascinating, seems like it’ll have to move too fast to catch up with the timeline in book three.

Anyways, if you’re totally lost in this review, I apologize. Go back and read my review on the first book (it was like two posts ago or so), read the first book, read the second book, and then this will make a lot more sense.

Assuming the third book takes another four years, you’ll have plenty of time πŸ™‚

Sarah Says: 4 out of 5 stars

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