The Wise Man's FearPatrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear

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The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss Book Summary

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
“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. You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale 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, 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.
Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
—George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
—Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
—Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea
"The characters are real and the magic is true.”
—Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
—Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn

The Wise Man's Fear (Patrick Rothfuss) Book Reviews

Great book but don’t investI truly enjoyed reading this book and the first. I got quite caught up in the subtle developments of the characters . I have, however, given up on the final book being published. I came across this in the epic fantasy list and thought, they are looking for rubes. I believe that ,like Martin, this will never be finished. He is a better writer than Martin whose claim to fame seems to be in the shock value of the outcome, but seems to be following in his incomplete epic footsteps..Score: 3/5

Slow and drawn outTo much time spent on, what I felt, were unimportant components that didn’t drive the plot. Then when something exciting took place it was wrapped up quickly and on to the next boring episode of whining about the girl. Not bad, but definitely not good..Score: 3/5

AstoundingBest series I have ever read. Cant wait for the 3rd book to come out, been waiting for years!.Score: 5/5

Don’t get caught up in this series....Ten years since book 2 and no more books in series. I’ve enjoyed the first two but a 10 year gap (and counting) unravels all the good things I could say about these books. It’s a shame really..Score: 1/5

Great Prose but story falls off a bit from the first book.While the prose is just as wonderful as the Name of the Wind, the story is not quite as interesting. This is still a highly recommended book to read, but not quite the amazing achievement that his prior book was..Score: 4/5

Wait... if he ever finishes the series, then I would recommendCan’t stand knowing we may never get a conclusion to this series....Score: 1/5

The third bookI’ve read this book and the previous one more than a dozen times. They are my favorite series, and it makes me livid that Rothfuss is taking so many years to provide a/the third book. If I didn’t love his books so much I would hate him for being malicious..Score: 5/5

Enthralling from start to finish!!!Unparalleled storytelling, characters are deep and rich, you are engaged from word one. Rothfuus is a master!.Score: 5/5

Waste of your time10 years next book..Score: 1/5

Worth the read and againThis is the first series of books that I've read more than once. It was almost better the 2nd time. What a story, what an adventure..Score: 5/5

The Name of the WindMade me think “Medieval Harry Potter” I won’t be picking up book 2 - although the character of Bast is intriguing. Is he the “Neville Longbottom” parallel here?.Score: 1/5

ExcellentYet again, Rothfuss impresses. Can't wait for the next one!.Score: 5/5

Can't wait for the next one!!!This is my seventh time reading this series through, I need the next one to come out already!.Score: 5/5

Judgement awaitsIf you have read the first two books in this series you will probably understand what I am about to say. These books are very tantalizing and extremely well-written. However I cannot judge the first two until the third comes out. In other words, I am hoping the final installment ties everything together in the beautiful way I have come to expect from Patrick Rothfuss's writing. I am reserving hope for this but I am prepared to be a little let down by realizing that not everything written in the first two was purposeful for the finish we are all waiting for. All in all, I can't wait to see what Rothfuss weaves together for "the doors of stone".Score: 4/5

One of the best books ever written, which is incredible since the first book is also incredible!!Rothfuss can't stop! This is an incredible sequal to one of the best books every written, and this one is even better than the first. The continuing journey of Kvothe is exhilarating. And once again, the book is narrated by the one and only Nick Podehl, who is one of the greatest audio production artists to ever live. A great book, and a fantastic audiobook!.Score: 5/5

SilenceRothfuss transforms the silence of ones mind into turmoil and unyielding intrigue. I hunger for answers I cannot fathom and his next book frightens me as well as draws me in, the abyss beckons... and I dive in.Score: 5/5

Libris InteruptusThis book, like the first, is a masterful bit of story telling but the reader should be aware that there is no ending. It's as if Lord of the Rings stopped with the second book. Apparently these books have been so successful that the author can live off of royalties and book tours and has lost interest in Kvothe and the Chandrian. After ten years, I have given up hope of a sequel. In that time the author has written another book, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, but it is not a continuation of the original story. I still am in awe of his writing but sad that there is so little of it..Score: 4/5

Sooo obsessed with this book! Book 3 pleaseWow. These books are amazing! The Wise Man's Fear is now my all-time favorite book. I am always looking for a great read with great characterization, amazing storyline to take on an adventure. Rothfuss does this and more - look no further. If you are looking for a great book of ANY fictional genre read this series..Score: 5/5

Awesome!Great writing! Loved the book..Score: 5/5

The wise mans fearAfter 8 years you would think he could finish the story but no nothing of the sort happens. The author just uses social media as a money laundering front for charities. Dot. But don’t read don’t support..Score: 1/5

Excellent!!!Beyond my expectations. It has some unnecessary details and really long descriptions. Overall, it is a super interesting book..Score: 5/5

ExcellentDay 2!! What an amazing continuation to the story. Patrick Rothfus certainly knows the way of things. All things. I'm pretty sure everyone who read Name of the Wind already knows how great this book will be so, I'm done here. I'm on to Auri's story while I patiently wait for Door of Stone..Score: 5/5

A great epic fantasy continuesThis tale and the telling of it are remarkable. Rothfuss is a phenomenal writer. The book is fun and compelling, contains intricate storytelling, gripping plot, and a sense of humor. As in Book 1, Kvothe relates his past to a scribe. A good portion of Book 2 takes place outside the University, which gives you a view of the rest of the world, even though I mostly enjoyed the parts of the story when he was at the school. Like any good fantasy, not everything goes the way you expect, and there are plenty of hints dropped about what might come. I look forward to the next book in the series. If you love fantasy, you will love this series. Now to the not-so-good stuff. While I adored The Name of the Wind, this book didn’t live up to the first. The plot was interesting, and the characters well-developed with excellent writing… everything you want in a good story. But nothing of major importance happened in Book 2. The story seemed to drift aimlessly in many places, and I became frustrated with the love relationship between Kvothe and Denna. The time Kvothe spent with the fae Felurian seemed to go on forever. And we learn little more about the Chandrian than we learned in the first book. Overall, A Wise Man’s Fear was better than most fantasy books I’ve read. Read it. I’m sure you will agree..Score: 5/5

Best book everUndoubtedly the best book ever!.Score: 5/5

Good sequelGreat read but it raised a lot of questions and answered few..Score: 4/5

Not worth readingWaited the whole book for the payoff of grinding through long winded scenes that really went nowhere..Score: 2/5

ThanksA little wordy at times..Score: 5/5

Wow I got boredHalf way through, the story went weird in book two and I got really bored. I loved the first book but Wise Mans Fear took some strange turns, I personally didn’t get it..Score: 3/5

The Wise Man's FearGreat read. Left me wanting more. Hope there is another book coming!.Score: 4/5

AmazingIf you love fantasy and are looking for a great series. It's this one. Can't wait for book three...I just hope it's in 2017.Score: 5/5

Amazing ReadBest fantasy sequel ever written.Score: 5/5

An original page turnerAfter reading Name of The Wind, I purchased this book to continue the series. I enjoyed this book nearly as much as the first. There is a different, interesting system of magic outlined in the series which was fun to read. This is one of the few books where I’ve taken the time to actually highlight select phrases in the text because the writing was so powerful! The books are well worth the cost I’d say, lots of entertainment (3000+ pages on my phone) for 9$.Score: 5/5

Favorite Book of All TimeYeah, it’s awesome..Score: 5/5

The name of the WindCompelling. You never know what will happen next but, you know it will be entertaining.Score: 5/5

Get itRead it now.Score: 5/5

Mind blownAwesome book! Sad funny mysterious adventurous..etc. This book is dangerously addicting.Score: 5/5

Carries on from first bookAll together a great second addition to this series. Does not break rhthym with the first novel in this series.Score: 5/5

One of the greatsWorth every second of stress, anxiety, and breath holding. The wait for the final book feels like forever, but I’ll be waiting in silence..Score: 5/5

Also FantasicAs great as the fist one, don't know when the next part of the story will be out, but I hope it's soon!.Score: 5/5

Gotta Read!I am not avid reader. But this book series will grab you and not let you go. I thought the first book was good but the second book blew me away. I can only hope that the third book is half as good..Score: 5/5

The Wise Mans FearMoves too slow. I got tired of his preoccupation with Denna!.Score: 3/5

Patrick Rothfus has abandoned his readers.Don’t bother picking this book up, the author has left his fans waiting for over ten years for the conclusion to this series. No hope in sight..Score: 1/5

It just keeps getting better!This is one of the greatest book series that I have ever read. Put down Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, and pick this up. You won't be sorry..Score: 5/5

Go elsewhere. The are many more reliable, less pretentious authors who care about their readers.Good book. Loved that characters. Got tired of incessant delays and author idiosyncrasies. Being left to wonder about the fate of your favorite characters while that author panders to the media, or preens for some convention to which he has been invited, is maddening, to say the least. Deleting books, and going on to more reliable writers. I highly recommend you do the same..Score: 1/5

Hard to put downBest series I've read since the Dresden Files..Score: 5/5

☺️Loved it! Want the third one already!!.Score: 5/5

The wise man’s fearThis book is spectacular, its even better then the first one, I just wish he would finish the series already..Score: 5/5

Part two.I cannot put into words the beauty that Patrick Rothfuss has woven into language with this masterpiece of literature so I will not attempt to do so. I will simply say this is my favorite piece of art that exists. I’ve been patiently waiting for the final installment of this trilogy and if I must wait three more decades it will be certainly worth it. I’ve read these two books many times now and they only get better with each read. If you’ve made it this far and are reading a review by a fan of book two in this series you don’t need me to tell you what a perfect piece of art it is, but just in case you’re unfamiliar with the series and stumble across this do yourself the greatest of favors and read book one in the Kingkiller series: The Name of the Wind. Every time I read this series I feel I’m ready to start it over. I’ve been reading/consuming fantasy and science fiction since I was very young. Starting with Star Trek: the Next Generation at age three, which I can still say is my favorite television series after an uncountable number of rewatches. Growing up my favorite book series was written by R A Salvatore which if you are a fantasy reader is a must read. Until reading The Name of the Wind Drizzt Do’Urden was my favorite fantasy character. Kvothe easily topples the famous Drow. As I’ve never been much for writing reviews I obviously do not know how to end or even really begin one so if you are still reading accept my apologies..Score: 5/5

Lost in this legendThis book was absolutely amazing. I loved every chapter of it. It was poetic in its prose and kept my attention throughout all the legends of Kvothe. His romance for Denna might be my favorite to read but it is all very enjoyable. I cannot wait to read more about his loves and adventures..Score: 5/5

The Wise Man's FearWrapped me up like a warm blanket that I didn't want to untangle from. I didn't realize that the next book isn't out yet but I am hoping that since this was released in 2011 and it's 2016 maybe I won't have to wait a long for the next. Fingers crossed!!!!.Score: 5/5

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The Wise Man's FearIt is so damn well conceived and so beutifully written .... loved every twist and turn of it. Hugh Taylor.Score: 5/5

It doesn't get better...So, let me just say that I think I'm being generous with a three-star review.... I have all the same complaints as I did for the first book: boy wonder, know-it-all, I-can-do-that-slash-just-did Kvothe is the most lazily written character that I've ever read. There is absolutely no intrigue in a character that can't fail. I mean, I'm sure he will fail catastrophically in the third book because that's what all this perfection is (clearly?) about. But until then, a 1000 page book of Kvothe being all "I've got this" is mucho irritating. I also stated in my first review that Name of the Wind brought absolutely nothing new to the genre. And boy! did the Adem ever adhere to that statement! A two-dimensional race of highly skilled fighters from a rugged land? Hello Haruchai (Thomas Covenant)! Oh, our protagonist is going to be trained by them and learn fast enough to impress the elders? Hello Rand Al Thor and the Aiel (Wheel of Time)! I had a discussion with a coworker (I work at a bookstore) after I finished the first book about how I felt like this series had the slight feel of a better-written Wheel of Time series. Then BAM! The Adem happened. And, much like The Wheel of Time, I question Rothfuss' ability to complete the story in a trilogy. I fear another multiple-book expansion in our near future, especially considering how long this book stretched on without really advancing the story. Oy!.Score: 3/5

A must read!Loved the first book, this one is even better. Just read it, you won't be disapointed..Score: 5/5

ThrillingJust as good if not better than the first. I love Patrick’s work and I can’t wait for the next!.Score: 5/5

WonderfulPlease finish! Wonderful characters, unique plot, spellbinding..Score: 5/5

Favourite BookThis is an outstanding and beautiful novel to read. This is my second favourite book (The Name of The Wind being my first) and it is gorgeous to read. It places images into your mind because it is so descriptive and you can see it happening. Wow. Just Wow.Score: 5/5

The best!Such an intriguing story filled with all the aspects of a great fantasy novel: magic, intelligence, originality, fighting, love and enemies..Score: 5/5

A superb follow upThis book does not disappoint, it hold's it's own in the planned trilogy..Score: 5/5

WonderfulA truly wonderfully novel. Some books you read and discard, never thinking about them again. But The Wise Man's Fear will leave a small piece of itself inside your soul and leave you thinking life is better for it..Score: 5/5

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