Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss.
This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic... and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as The Name of the Wind, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must for all fantasy fans.
Engaging and gripping, The Wise Man's Fear is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.
©2011 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Limited
Having only just finished listening to "The Name of The Wind" which I thought was wonderful from start to finish I jumped wholeheartedly into the second of the series, "The Wise Man's Fear".
Rupert Degas gives one of my favourite deliveries of any audio narrator with this series. I often find myself preferring to listen to a great narrator reading a fairly good book than a poor narrator reading a fantastic book. It really makes a huge difference.
Thankfully, like the previous title, this audiobook is blessed with both excellent writing and narration. Patrick Rothfuss' intelligent and descriptive style is brought to life by Degas. The book is littered with detail that doesn't get in the way of the plot and characterisation is believable and rewarding. Rothfuss' pacing is nearly always spot on and he's fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
So why only four stars? Well, unlike "The Name of the Wind", this book feels a little disjointed. While the individual chapters are finely crafted, the book reads somewhat like a set of short stories. Kvothe's seems to just end up going from place to place after neatly wrapping up each story arc. It almost feels lazy, the way he bumps into a character, or is given a task which sends him on his way to the next part of the novel. This by no means ruins the book, but I did expect more from Rothfuss who is clearly is an extremely talented writer.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the major part of this novel, and while I don't hold in quite the high regard as "The Name of the Wind" it's still a very good continuation of the series. I eagerly look forward to the next one.
Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles is on par with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. The large number of different directions and plots the ‘The Name of the Wind’ covers is dramatically expanded in ‘The Wise Man's Fear’. The world that Patrick Rothfuss has created around the life and tales of the central character Kvothe is incredible and the way the story is link as if a biography is inspirational. These are audio books that I will be listening to again and again; the books are incredibly well crafted, with fantastic audio book narration. I highly recommend them.
As a follow on to the fantastic Name of the Wind - this is absolutely perfect. The story is wonderful, the characters detailed - the narration excellent. No idea when part 3 will be available but I hope that Rupert Degas is available to read it. A perfect combination.
If you want to get completely lost in another world - and enjoy the fantasy genre - listen to Name of the Wind and then The Wise Man's Fear. You will NOT regret it.
As with The Name of the Wind (the first book in this series), I absolutely loved this book. Completely engrossing and superb narration as ever from Rupert Degas. Well worth the credit / money!
Fan of urban fantasy, especially set in London, & Victorian gothic. A bit of steampunk & cyperpunk too. Oh, and Georgette Heyer (sorry).
Well, this is splendid. I am quite picky about fantasy and can't bear the usual cliches. Patrick Rothfuss has created a full realised universe and for once the characterisation is as important as the epic sweep of the story.
Rupert Degas is a fabulous narrator with lovely rich voice. He always manages to portray the right amount of emotion and clearly distinguishes between people. A good narrator makes or breaks a book and can make a good book unputdownable (unstoplistenable? - need a new word for audio books)
The 'fantasy' genre should have a special section just for books like these.
I've already listened to and read The Wise Man's Fear and The Name of the Wind several times and can see that the trilogy will be an enduring favourite in my collection, to revisit time and time again.
The richness and colour of the writing combined with the brooding, emotionally flawed character of Kvothe are compulsively absorbing.
I grew up with Lord of the Rings and have a deep connection with it, these 'Kvothe Chronicles' although different in substance, have created the same feeling of involvement, a very special place to escape to!
Rupert Degas gives a superb interpretation, the most gorgeous voice with no irritating phoney accents.
Bring on the next book.
Not only an entertaining story but a an audible delight. The author's command of language is exceptional.
This is a knife's edge continuation of the story begun in "The Name of the Wind". As with "A Song of Fire and Ice" constant climax and anti-climax, joy and disaster are expected as frequent components of the story. However Patrick Rothfuss succeeds in constantly surprising the reader despite knife edge anticipation, the nature of the twists and turns of the story are mostly unexpected by the listener always coming as an intriguing surprise.
Initially I found Ruper Degas somewhat drone and dull after listening to Roy Dotrice and Tony Robinson recently. However after a short period of adaptation i've grown extremely fond of him. His tone and timbre match Kvothe perfectly. So stick with it if you are initially put off.
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books! Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, GRRM, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too.
I find that the problem with trilogies is that either 1) book #2 becomes the stuffing in the middle and nothing very much happens, or 2) the second book is just as good as the first, and when it finishes you go charging off to download the final instalment to find it's not yet released, so then you go off to the author's website to find there isn't even an indication of when the third instalment will be written! Much frustration and gnashing of teeth....and trawling through audible looking for a substitute fix (unsuccessfully). This book undoubtedly falls into the latter category!! A worthy sequel. (Although some might say that to suck one's audience into a tale like this, and then leave them hanging is positively cruel. Far too many loose ends, and enticing hints at what is to come)
The only time I felt concern that we might be entering "padding it out territory" was when Kvothe begins to study the Ketan, and with it the never-ending and unresolved exploration of the philosophy of the Lethani. Apart from this, the pace of the first book is maintained. Kvothe remains the imperfect yet very likeable hero.
The interludes, set in the present with the very much weaker Kote, are surely setting the scene for a rich third and final instalment? ....come on Patrick Rothfuss, gives us a clue as to when we can expect the completion of Kvothe's story.
I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance. He manages to give every character a unique, and fitting voice - even for the women. Masterful.
I have such a deep love for this book that I think i may hate it!! I hate the fact that it has to end, i HATE the fact that at the end of every book i wish that i had forgone waiting for my monthly credit and just bought the next part to remove the profound emptiness and suspense that keeps my mined ticking over while im meant to be asleep!! god help me when the series draws to a close!! :S
All a little Melodramatic i admit, but this dose not make it any the less true. This story kept my glued to my Ipod. The twist and turns making my smile, laugh out loud and feel a deep seance of sadness, regret and frustration on behalf of many of the characters. Never in the 10 years i have been listening to audio books have i ever been drawn into a story like this.
For anyone who is contemplating purchasing this book but is wavering on the edge of uncertainty like i was before i listened to it pleas, trust me (a complete stranger i know) but you wont regret it ..... well you may but for all the right reasons :)
I also felt a shift in the usually perfectly paced narration in the "wise mans fear". A direction that wasn't completely unfamiliar, but it just didn't flow either. At one point it felt like a mass of spinning plates, never stopping to give breath to a conclusion, before tackling the next chaptor.Then in a turnaround the storry slowed down to a frustrating mundain pace, the same desriptions repeted numerus times in varius tones.
One of the characteristics I enjoyed in the previous book was the realistic pacing, the sense that is wasn't a book waiting to end. This second book could of been just as amazing.
The narratior was skilled enough to keep me listening and not give up in frustation. Not the gem the first book was, but the first part of the book was brilliant until the change in pace , and for that i give it credit and it earns three stars.
"Part two of the masterpiece"
Amazing story, period!
The diversity of the situations Kvothe gets involved with.
He give amazing life to all the characters. He is hands down the best performer of the once you'll find in audible
Made me laugh several times.
This story is going to have you on the edge all the time. All the parts have a meaning so be patient when it appears to drive away from the main plot. The Felurian part is wonderful!My only complain is why it was decided to divide the book in 2 parts? The other version found here is just one audiobook of forty-something hours so why not Degas' one? I could not help to feel that they want to leech more money from the consumers. It is still worth to pay for this version that is divided in two because Degas really injects something that the other performer cannot match. This is the only reason because I did not give it 5 starts on the overall category.
"Rupert Degas does it again!"
A fantastic second book. Now an eager wait for the third... Having tried the versions with both Nick Pohdl and Degas I can warmly recommend Rupert Degas for his deep and wide range of voices, and somehow the British accent lend itself better to epic story telling. For some reason the Degas version is split in 2 parts but it is really worth the extra credit.
"2nd in Series, still Excellent"
Much of what I said in my review of the first book of the Kingkiller Chronicles still applies. There are sections here that tend to be rather long-winded, but all is forgiven in writing which is this good.
I'm afraid the talented Rothfuss/Degas duo may have spoilt me for any other fantasy novels, but I'll keep hoping for an equal. (Or at least close).
"Can't wait for day 3"
This is an example of how a good story can develop a sequel that captures the same intriguing mysteries and colorful characters as the original. Can't wait for part 3.
"A Unique Fantasy Tale"
What a breath of fresh air. Extraordinary beings are made believable and relatable. Love the series and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book.
Thankyou to Patrick Rothfuss for retiring from being a professional student and becoming a talented author. Please keep it up.
Thankyou to Rupert Degas for turning the words into a magical experience.
This has definately become one of my favourite sagas, and is beautifully read by Rupert Degas. Highly recommend these imaginative, adventurous books, and I can't wait for the next installment.
"More of the best"
As you find more and more about the chandrian, Kvothe's progress in the school and the secrets of the university you only want more more more.
"A fascinating new world - Refreshingly different"
The reader is truly excellent. I read book two (rather than listenning to it) and it was simply not as good. The plot is original. I was entranced. hard to put down is the only problem.
Now i'm hanging out for book 3 (day 3) which appears is not yet written - gutted when i realised this.
"Terrific sequel! Keeps getting better."
The Name of the wind and Wise mans fear are simply my favourite Audiobooks. The story is great and I just need to find out what is happening next. Hurry up with the next one. Please. Please please.
"Creative and well written!"
Rothfuss has a refreshing take on the classic Fantasy epic. A Really good listen!
He brings the characters to life in a great way
Quite humorous at times!
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