The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man s Fear There are three things all wise men fear the sea in storm a night with no moon and the anger of a gentle man My name is Kvothe I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings I burned down

There are three things all wise men fear the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man My name is Kvothe.I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings I burned down the town of Trebon 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 There are three things all wise men fear the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man My name is Kvothe.I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings I burned down the town of Trebon 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 mercenari

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  1. It all began when Pat Rothfuss was born to a marvelous set of parents Throughout his formative years they encouraged him to do his best, gave him good advice, and were no doubt appropriately dismayed when he failed to live up to his full potential.In high school Pat was something of a class clown His hobbies included reading a novel or two a day and giving relationship advice to all his friends despite the fact that he had never so much as kissed a girl He also role played and wrote terrible stories about elves He was pretty much a geek.Most of Pat s adult life has been spent in the University Wisconsin Stevens Point In 1991 he started college in order to pursue a career in chemical engineering, then he considered clinical psychology In 1993 he quit pretending he knew what he wanted to do with his life, changed his major to undecided, and proceeded to study whatever amused him He also began writing a book.For the next seven years Pat studied anthropology, philosophy, eastern religions, history, alchemy, parapsychology, literature, and writing He studied six different martial arts, practiced improv comedy, learned how to pick locks, and became a skilled lover of women He also began writing a satirical advice column which he continues to this day The College Survivial Guide Through all of this he continued to work on his novel.In 2000 Pat went to grad school for English literature Grad school sucked and Pat hated it However, Pat learned that he loved to teach He left in 2002 with his masters degree, shaking the dust from his feet and vowing never to return During this period of time his novel was rejected by roughly every agent in the known universe.Now Pat teaches half time at his old school as an assistant sub lecturer He is underpaid but generally left alone to do as he sees fit with his classes He is advisor for the college feminists, the fencing club, and, oddly enough, a sorority He still roll plays occasionally, but now he does it in an extremely sophisticated, debonair way.Through a series of lucky breaks, he has wound up with the best agent and editor imaginable, and the first book of his trilogy has been published under the title The Name of the Wind Though it has only been out since April 2007, it has already been sold in 26 foreign countries and won several awards Pat has been described as a rough, earthy iconoclast with a pipeline to the divine in everyone s subconscious But honestly, that person was pretty drunk at the time, so you might want to take it with a grain of salt.

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  1. An Opinionated look at Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man s FearBy Eric AllenOne thing I can say for Patrick Rothfuss is that he has great ideas Unfortunately, great ideas do not a great story make I have heard rumors that the first book, The Name of the Wind, took eleven years of revisions and rewrites to finally get published Whether that is true or not, his hard work paid off Since its release, the internet hype over the future of the trilogy has been building to monumental proportions Rothfuss ha [...]


  3. Well, it s done And it s been a long time coming Back in late 2009 I finally got the book to the point where I was satisfied with it It was an okay book It was a book that if I had to publish it, I knew it wouldn t embarrass me By May 2010 I d re written the book to the point where I was happy with it It was a good book It was a book I was pleased with By my final deadline in November 2010, I d revised things to the point where I was excited about it It was a great book It was finally a book I w [...]

  4. I m going to have to be a voice of dissent I found Kvothe profoundly annoying Here s an excerpt of his typical storytelling, word for word I managed very little sleep that night, and Losi came closer to killing me than Felurian ever had Post coital thoughts on the second girl in 20 pages He s 16 She was a delightful partner, every bit as wonderful as Felurian had been But how could that be I hear you ask How could any mortal woman compare with Felurian Felurian is a ghost fairy from the Fey wher [...]

  5. There s a tendency when reading a series to rate the books against each other rather than against the world I ve seen it done to my own books I loved XXXX of Thorns but it wasn t as good as YYYY of Thorns so 4.I didn t enjoy The Wise Man s Fear as much as I enjoyed The Name of the Wind I didn t enjoy A Dance With Dragons as much as I enjoyed A Game of Thrones But I m giving them ALL 5 because compared to most books I read they re noticeably better I won t 4 this book to make my point that it s f [...]

  6. This review is from 2011 In case you haven t heard, today is the release day of the long awaited sequel to The Name of the Wind, a delightful debut fantasy novel by Patrick Rothfuss I ve had the privilege of reading the book, so I thought I d post a heads up here for those of you who read my blog, along with a review Of sorts Also, a reminder, I did an interview with Pat and he kind of interviewed me back for You can read it at this link gp featuremlPART ONE A REVIEW OF THE WISE MAN S FEARAll r [...]

  7. So, there s an established phenomenon that I don t think anyone has coined a snappy title for yet, in my head I call it Fabulous but Unpredicted Success Leads to a Complete lack of Editorial Constraint or Outside Input Whatsoever which in turn Leads to Creative Stagnation and Catastrophe FUSLCECOIWLCSC Foo Sil Kec Oiw Lecuscu Not going to be printed in a newspaper any time soon, but it s true in all kinds of media.Generally 1 Someone outside the established system will bring in something new tha [...]

  8. 4.75 A farewell letter to my Kvothe WOW Oh, wow It just dawned on me that Kvothe and I won t be meeting again for another, what, 10 to 15 years Sounds about right The inevitable long await is so disheartening and the fury s already starting to creep in.Thus, Kvothe, this s my farewell letter to you.Dearest favourite douche in fantasy,Let s get real, here, you rub people the wrong way not me Never me But people do talk and the consensus is that you re arrogant, kind of an ass, a little bit of hub [...]

  9. I am SO excited to read this Omg AHH.EditSecond time reading this, and I decided to listen to the audiobook I really enjoyed the narration It was a long audiobook, but it was enjoyable every second of the way.

  10. 4.5 5 starsThe Wise Man s Fear had all the potential to be better than The Name of the Wind and although this is still an amazing book, putting it in comparison with its prequel show how this one fell a bit short in quality.Picture The Wise Man s Fear main quoteThe plot of WMF, still as simplistic as the previous book, started on Day 2 straight after the end of NotW with Kvothe sharing his life journey to Chronicler with Bast listening to it If you think the pacing of NotW was slow, believe me t [...]

  11. FINALLY How much can I rave about these books The storytelling is so engrossing, the worldbuilding super immersive, and the characters pull all the stellar elements together in a series that truly defines epic fantasy You want to KNOW these characters, you want to see them interact, and you definitely want to go on a journey with them.After reading a lot of paperback UF novels, I felt so pleased that this book provided what felt like 4 books worth of story and development and wonderfulness for t [...]

  12. It s hard to write a review after reading a book like this It s like reviewing a sunset after a spring storm Yes, that s a poetic image, and that s what Rothfuss does to your brain I plan on selling all my worldly possessions soon and devoting my life to chasing the windBut meanwhile, I ll try to do this book justice It starts much as Name of the Wind ended, with Kvothe still a 15 year old at the University It spends about 300 pages in this mode Kvothe has a handful of new adventures at the univ [...]

  13. I enjoyed the first book, but did not feel the same way about this one Fantasy books are meant to be the unbelievable, this much is certain, and the heroes that take the starring role are meant to be people of great intrigue and who can accomplish completely incredible feats, but it feels that it s pushed a bit too far in this book.Kvothe not only is an amazing arcanist, a prodigy with a memory so perfect that he can call up how people smelled on a single day years ago, but he s a musician, and [...]

  14. Patrick Rothfussalmost did it again Healmostwielded his magic like he did the first time healmost teased me in the same way and made me feel like I was part of the story, but, ultimately, stumbled over his own words This book had the potential to be like the first, though he didn t quite pull it off Its main problem was that it simply had too much story, which translated as a complete structural mess The plot was good, but there was just too much of it in the word count there was enough material [...]

  15. When THE HELL is this book coming out The first book grabbed me by the throat and threw me down and had it s way with me and I am fast becoming impatient in having it happen a second time This better not turn into another George R.R Martin wait Or or or I shall be extremely vexed VEXED I tell you Update 11 10 2014We now haves this book and we reads it Oh yes precious, we do and we loves it It is the precious The Wise Man s Fear is absolutely fantastic Rothfuss has propelled himself to be my most [...]

  16. Patrick Rothfuss s The Wise Man s Fear is a great continuation book 2 of the KingKiller Chronicle We learn much about the precocious young wizard, Kvothe, and we get of a feel for the conflicts and turmoil of the present from which Kvothe tells his story I kept asking myself, How is Rothfuss going to resolve that I am now one of the seeming legion who are anxiously patiently awaiting the final installment of the trilogy I m just not sure how he can do it in one book even a big fat fantasy book [...]

  17. I have almost 1500 SF F books in my database, and I ve probably read 500 that I forgot to list I have never read a book that was simultaneously so bad and so good I suspect that as time passes I will like it less You know when you go to the local Enormous Portions restaurant and go with the meat in the rich gravy with the fries and onion rings, and the mud pie for dessert, and a couple of drinks, and you enjoy it all Until near the end of the meal, when you don t feel so good then you can t sle [...]

  18. Patrick Rothfuss sang to me Literally sang You are my sunshine to me last Sunday More on that later.I didn t want this book to end When I was within sprinting distance of the end, I actually put the book down, bought groceries, and vacuumed the stairs My husband was pleasantly surprised I wanted so desperately to savor those last fifty pages that the parking lot at Target didn t seem like an ideal location Thus, I acted like a normal human for a couple hours until I could curl on my couch and di [...]

  19. Prologue There was an echo of three parts The first echo was the most obvious one It told of promises unfullfilled, questions unanswered and time invested It was an echo of frustration.The second echo was subtle A yawning of the mind reverberating through synapses untrained It was an echo of boredom.The final echo felt like a spiral, winding its way ever downward, digging deeper into the matter of things It was an echo of reviews within reviews within reviews.Chapter 1 The wise man s fear, the [...]

  20. EDIT So, I ve decided to change my rating to 5 stars How can I not when the story is so epic and my attachment to Kvothe keeps growing Original review Not sure whether to rate this 4 or 5 stars yet, but I think I ll end up probably changing it to 5 There s something about these stories that you know will stay with you for a while The you think about it, the better it becomes And the you begin to love and appreciate it I definitely preferred this instalment to the first book Though slow burning [...]

  21. I like stories where I cannot predict what will happen next Patrick Rothfuss writes stories like that Good solid characters and a plot that unfolds as unpredictably as life itself.

  22. 4.5 WOW wOwWowWOw.I can t really form sentences right now at the time I m writing this, I literally spent the past 15 hours reading this book yeah , so I ll just make a couple of lists here.Things I liked or rather loved about the book Kvothe Kvothe s insane growth as a character and just as a human Kvothe s friends I want my very own Simmon, please thx it s so fucking funny guys you have no idea getting to see different parts of the world getting to experience different cultures in this world K [...]

  23. You know that feeling when you finish a book and think It wasn t as good as the first, i should rate it with less stars , but then think It is still excellent, and doesn t deserve less than a perfect score That s the case here TWMF wasn t the perfect, one in a million book as was TNOTW It didn t gave us the answers we were seeking, it didn t followed the paths we desired, it didn t even gave us a conclusion on some open fronts But it was still a great story, and once again, Rothfuss proved to us [...]

  24. Nothing in the world is harder than convincing someone of an unfamiliar truth I think an unfamiliar truth that would be hard convincing me about is the fact that the third book might never be released I do have a theory, maybe the next book is actually 6000 pages long, that s why it s taking this long, right Nahh Am going to put aside my thoughts and theories about the next book and talk about this book for a moment.This book starts off where book one ended and it s actually the second day of Kv [...]

  25. 1 The Name of the Wind 2 The Wise Man s Fear 2.4 The Lightning Tree 2.5 The Slow Regard of Silent Things 3 Doors of Stone n aThis review is going to contain mild spoilers and theory crafting, so I have to caution you while reading this if you are not familiar with this amazing world I do this so you cannot help but hear A wise man views a moonless night with fear Obviously I m being a little bit presumptuous, but I believe The Kingkiller Chronicles will be the best trilogy I ve ever read And I v [...]

  26. 4.5 starsIf, like me, you were so impressed with The Name of the Wind that you neglected all but the most pressing business until you turned the final page, you may have decided to give it a quick re read in anticipation of the sequel If you did, you probably spotted this quote in Chapter 43 There are three things all wise men fear the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.After a long but worthwhile wait, we now have the second novel in The Kingkiller Chronicle, and [...]

  27. I finished this last nightlly While there are moments in this book of brilliant writing they are for me interspersed with LLLLOOONNNGGG stretches of yawningly boring prose Had the book been maybe two thirds it s length I think it could have been better.Without spoilers I found that the story of Kvothe wanders along getting almost nowheres I know we established some of it here, but not a lot and we re about where we were in a lot of ways The story in the book s present is just as annoying and bo [...]

  28. I thought that I had reached my limit of disliking the main character and the rambling story in the first book, but this took things to a WHOLE new level I decided to read this because I was confused by the first book s high ratings and wanted to see if anything improved in the sequel.But guess what Kvothe s still here AND HE S STILL BETTER THAN YOU.Instead of repeating my previous review about this special snowflake Gary Stu, let me just leave the actual book description here My name is Kvothe [...]

  29. OK Kvothe is always making the most stupid decisions But now it s been two days since I finished this book and I MISS HIM I need the third installment and I know I won t get it anytime soon.

  30. Update 10 8 17 Re Read with buddies I m pretty much exactly where I was the first time I read it It reads like a wonderful dream and I could keep immersing myself in this story FOREVER There s no real point where I ever get tired of anything The text is not only clear, it s mythological and astounding and I frankly love how Kvothe keeps on adding his skills indefinitely Sure, he s an unreliable narrator but there s so damn much that he has done, so it s really hard to separate the truth as he te [...]

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