Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Wise Man's Fear: By Patrick Rothfuss



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 unequalled in fantasy literature.


There really isn’t much that needs to be said about Patrick Rothfuss and the first book in his New York Times bestselling series, The Name of the Wind. Anyone who is at all interested in books dealing with fantasy, magic, or amazing writing has heard the tale of this freshman writer who blew onto the publishing scene with such a ferocity that everyone stopped to take notice.

Of course, what everyone also knows is that it has taken four years for the next book in the series, The Wise Man’s Fear, to be released. Some lost interest in the series, others feared this day would never come, and reviewers feared it wouldn’t be able to keep up with the hype that has built up over the years.

But these fears turned out to be unnecessary. The Wise Man’s Fear is a fantastic book that is just as good, if not better than its sensational prequel. The story takes readers on journeys past the University we grew so accustomed to in The Name of The Wind. Instead, we are shown our first glimpse of the fey with Felurian, we see the roots of Kvothe the bloodless, we travel to the ends of the earth to learn the art of Lethani from the famed Ademre, and most importantly we see Kvothe learn the name of the wind.

Fans should rejoice for the day has finally arrived for this fantastic sequel to grace our hearts and minds. Yes, this day was long in the making, but it has more than paid off. As The Wise Man’s Fear is not only an incredible book, it is also one of the few books of any trilogy that is not merely a bridge between the first and last book, but is in its own right a fantastic book that all should read and cherish.

10 out of 10


Publisher: Daw Hardcover

Published: March 1, 2011

Price: $29.95

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