Paperback, 1000 Pages
Adult/ Epic Fantasy
By: Patrick Rothfuss
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
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The Name of the Wind ★★★★★
The Wise Man’s Fear ★★★★ 1/2
The Wise Man’s Fear is part of the Kingkiller Chronicle series which is a very controversial one! Simply put readers are in love with the series but are frustrated by the fact that they have been waiting for literally a decade for book three which has a name but we don’t have much info other than that about it. This is the same for The Game of Thrones series and The Gentleman bastard series, the thing in common is that they all are hugely successful novels that were stuck in time!
I mean this book has almost half a million ratings on GR with an average rating of 4.54 (Which is the same as my rating) and to have such a legendary rating is no easy feat! I know some readers refuse to read the series till it is complete so in fact there are still people who will read and boost this rating most probably!
Now I don’t know how but I managed to read the two books without reading any spoilers which makes me very happy! I did not know it is a magical school setting or I think I would have read it much earlier. The thing is I am very much in love with this setting in this series, book 1 was entirely in the magical school but book 2 is larger (400K words which makes it the longest book I have ever read) and it has 40-50% of the plot in the magical school and the rest are outside in what seems like sub-plots.
“Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.”
Rothfuss’ prose is on a whole different level, the dialogues, the interludes, the prologue and epilogue are all works of art! After finishing this book I can finally understand why are fans so obsessed with the series. I don’t know how to describe it but this felt like reading music and love and humans and I mean reading them not about them!
I love Kvothe and I love most of the main characters in the book because they are so damned well written! Elodin, Bast, Denna, Sim and Wil, Auri and even effing Ambrose! Even the way new characters are introduced is very slick which makes them linger in the reader’s mind even if they are introduced 500 or 700 pages later! The good thing is that a decade passed which means there is a lot of fanart of the world and the characters and it always helps making things more realistic in my brain!
The plot is a bit more complex in this book, it takes place after the events of book 1, it is day 2 of Kvothe telling his story to the chronicler and it is kind of different from book 1. In my mind it is divided into the biggest part which is the magical school part including the teachers, tuition, friends and enemies and magical items. Then there is the parts outside that which is the mayor story, the mercenaries story, the fae one and the Cthaeh, the edema ruh story and then back to the school! All of those are part of Kvothe search for the truth and for the Chandrian which is the main plot -kind of-!
For me the school part gets 5 stars and the other parts are around 4 which makes my average rating of the book a 4.5 stars! I did not like the lewd parts and the typical adult male portrait of females when it comes to romance because I did not think Rothfuss would include it too given how the romance was in book 1. Kvothe can be a Gary-stue but he also does his ton shit of mistakes and learn from them which makes him likable to me!
“I’ve waited a long time to show these flowers how pretty you are.”
The pacing is so well done, I was not bored at all reading a thousand pages book and I finished it in 6 days (it also has the tiniest font I read so far) so that gotta mean something! The world-building gets expanded in this one and I enjoyed discovering the different parts and cultures of the world!
Summary: A great entry in the KKC series from the prose to the characters, plot and to the world-building! Rothfuss did something extra-ordinary here which kind of explains the fandom’s frustration with his third book -or lack of it- I hope that book 3 gets to see the light one day because I know I will be reading it asap!