Author and Genre
This is the second novel in the fantasy fiction series by Patrick Rothfuss. You can find my review of the first in The Kingkiller Chronicle series here. He is a college lecturer as well as an accomplished author of fantasy novels.
What is The Wise Man’s Fear About?
The narrative is carried on seamlessly from The Name of the Wind, with an older Kvothe recounting the adventures and trials of his youth.
Young Kvothe continues to study at the University, making friends and carrying on an intense feud with the easy-to-hate Ambrose, a fellow student. There is also a complicated, intriguing romantic relationship building between young Kvothe and Denna.
What’s so great about it?
This second novel in Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series takes the reader in a new direction. Kvothe is drawn into the service of a great and powerful figure, and is given his first lessons in surviving as an agent of a political giant.
Everything is considered to the minutest detail by the author so that the author isn’t left grappling with loose threads in the plot. But suspense is built throughout and the reader is drawn into the fantasy world Rothfuss creates.
What’s not so great?
One complaint which I would make about this fantasy novel in particular and the series as a whole is that the pace is somewhat slow for my tastes. We spend a lot of chapters learning about Kvothe’s childhood.
There is nothing wrong with this as such, but we are told at the beginning of the series that Kvothe becomes a great and feared sorcerer. So the reader is left wondering how the author is going to build his protagonist to such greatness in the final, third installment when Kvothe still seems trapped in his youth.
I suppose we can only wait until The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Three) release date!
Where can you buy it?
You can find The Wise Man’s Fear on Amazon Kindle here.
You can also now find a historical / fantasy novel written by me here.