Patrick Rothfuss – The Wise Man’s Fear

“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, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, 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.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Narrator: Nick Podehl
Duration: 42 hours 55 minutes
Released: 11 Mar 2003
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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Unless you enjoy frustrating yourself, don’t bother with this. There’s no question about the quality and depth of this story, but what you don’t want to do is get trapped in purgatory with the rest of the fans.
The author has spent his fame and talent playing games for over a decade now with no Ending in sight. He treats his adoring fans like they are his slave/minions that he can make wait, or donate to his charity, or watch him play games, or watch him play more games. And this exactly what’s happening. It’s a sad truth, but the author just doesn’t want to do the work and gets visibly upset when questioned on it.
BE GOOD TO YOURSELF and don’t read this book until the author finishes the trilogy.