Monday, September 7, 2015

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Title: The Wise Man's Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Published: Gollancz, 2012

Pages: 994

Series: Book 2, The Kingkiller Chronicles

Summary: May contain spoilers! My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. 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 allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man's Fear, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's Road.
All the while, 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, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived...until Kvothe. (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have had this book sitting on my shelf for quite a while, and like all of my books at the moment, the time has come for me to either read them or give them a new home.  I remember reading the first book a couple of years ago and I remember that I didn't find it as enjoyable or amazing as everyone else seemed to.  Anyway, I decided that it was time to pick up the second book in the series and I'm glad that I did.

I quite enjoyed the story of The Wise Man's Fear, it was really interesting.  There were so many different people that Kvothe was dealing with and he learned so many things, I found them to be fascinating.  I have to say however, that sometimes it felt like Kvothe spent too long with some people and I got a bit bored at those parts.

I feel as though it's kind of hard to say too much about this book because it's the second book in the series and really I just thought it was really intriguing and I feel as though I probably need to read the previous book again, and then this one again to find any hidden meanings in things.

I will say though, there were a few things I noticed that I'm really curious about.  There were just some things, which I don't want to go into too much detail about, that seem to be quite significant.

I definitely enjoyed reading The Wise Man's Fear and I'm looking forward to reading the third and final book in the series, whenever that may be.  It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.

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