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Summary

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

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  • Robyn
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  • 09-01-14

The problem with a trilogy....

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.

69 of 70 people found this review helpful

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  • Ali
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 08-09-12

Brilliant

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!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Chinnor, United Kingdom
  • 14-07-12

Once again - brilliant

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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Sociopath, Narcissist - Obnoxious Sonofa - Kvothe

I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance, likewise I enjoy Patrick Rothfuss from his appearances on Acquisitions Inc and the first Kingkiller book.

However, the longer this tome went on the more I hated Kvothe.... and Denna.... and similies. I don't think I've ever read or listened to anything with more similies than a Patrick Rothfuss book. Audible ate my really clever review so instead let me sum up what you'll be listening to if you decide to get this book:

Kvothe ruins every shirt he's ever owned.

Too many similies. Did I mention that already?

Kvothe acts like an arrogant, cocky jerk to everyone he ever meets. Occasionally he kills people who might deserve it.

Many cringe-worthy hours are spent hearing about Kvothe's eye-rolling sexcapades. And him mooning over Denna. Bloody Denna. In fact, this is probably the majority of the book. It should really be marketed as a romance novel.

Many more cringe-worthy hours are spent hearing about Kvothe learning some kind of fantasy-world Qigong Martial Arts where everyone has totally embarrassing faux Chinese accents. I said I couldn't fault Rupert Degas' performance but actually I found this hard listening.

A weirdly specific but completely nonsensical monetary system - the costs/values of everything is constantly mentioned but nothing seems to actually make sense - 2 shirts cost as much as a year's worth of food. I know this because his ruined shirts feature prominently in the tale.

That's just my 2 Talent's worth - I could have bought a shirt, but instead I wrote this review.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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More good work from Partick Rothfuss

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.

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  • David
  • Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
  • 24-02-15

Sorry but I just don't get what the fuss is about

I know I am very much going against the flow in Fantasy circles in not getting excited about Patrick Rothfuss but I just don't see it. I quite enjoyed the Name of the Wind which is a better than average first installment of a fantasy series, laying the ground work with interesting characters and revealing just enough back story to pique further interest. It didn't really feel like it went anywhere but that was OK since it was setting up the series.

The problem with The Wise Man's Fear is that it is more of the same. I had expected the second part of what I believe is meant to be a trilogy to start moving the pace along a bit. That we would start to learn more of Kvothe's life and why he is so notorious in this World. Instead it was Harry Potter the University Years. Very well written, yes, but with no discernable point and, by the end of this book, deeply frustrating.

There is a lot here that I like: great characters richly developed; a coherent and interesting but unobtrusive fantasy world; a low level of magic and supernatural elements; but there needs to be something more than just a character study. The narrative needs to move on and I don't feel any closer to knowing the story of Kvothe after the second book than I did after the first. This vaucousness combines particularly poorly with having to pay for two audiobooks for one book to leave me feeling a little bit cheated

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Excellent epic let down by weak female characters

First of all, I want to agree with the general opinion here that Rupert Degas' narration is really excellent - the best I've listened to yet. I'd love to give this book a 5 star rating, but there we're things that annoyed me that started in the first book and got worse in The Wise Man's Fear.



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The story is an adventure tale with a great writing style and imagination. I loved the stories within stories, the descriptions of Sympathy, Kvoth's childhood as a traveler. There is an atmosphere in his descriptions that reminds me of genuine folk-tales and songs. I agree that it was very long - perhaps unnecessarily - much in the same way the Harry Potter books are long. But I enjoyed the world he created so much that I didn't mind at all. I think this is just a requisite of reading epic fantasy: Wander around the map a little. Enjoy it while you can. The intelligence and believability in this fantasy was such a relief, since I've found it lacking in almost every other novel in the genre. Rothfuss writes it simply like "a book" - rather than as "a fantasy book". Most of the time ....



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I almost gave up on it halfway-through. Every female character in the book is beautiful, which seems to be their first and most important trait. I've never been convinced by the character of Denna. Kvoth seems to know nothing about her at all. The only time I was vaguely interested was when they first met in NotW. Here, she is talking with Kvoth, and I thought they might have a connection. Yet he simply narrates right over her, saying how beautiful she looked in the moonlight. Rothfuss puts women on pedestals. This seems to be the problem with all women in the book (culminating in the un-readble Fae chapter).



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Kvoth fails at something with tragic consequences for his ego.

A strong female character appears without endless references to her appearance.

Kvoth realises how to be friends with a woman - without having sex with her!

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Stormingly good fantasy with proper characters

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)

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Extraordinary!

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.

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This series is a work of art


I have never read anything like this series, I can’t wait to read it’s conclusion.

Story – 4.5/5

Once again, I was sucked in and absorbed into the live of Kvothe, even more so than the first book it seems. This book probably developed more slowly than the first, but with good reason. The story, to me, seems like it is developing such an in depth view of the character, and his entire life story, ready for a huge conclusion that will have a large emotional impact on the reader.

Once again, there were happy, sad, funny and scary moments throughout, and Patrick Rothfuss’ stunning prose smoothly took us on a ride with all of these emotions. How he can describe the way Kvothe plays music in such a way to make it believably beautiful is something I have never experienced before, and a skill that I admire.

There were one or two small moments where I drifted from the story due to being a bit too long (the only thing preventing it getting a 5), but this is minor, I am still contempt that this is one of the best fantasy series ever written, and everyone, fantasy fan or not, should give this a go.

Performance – 5/5

Rupert Degas is one of the very best narrators out there. His voice acting is as if he had a full cast of actor’s doing it for him, even the female voices don’t remind you that it is a male narrator like in most audio books

He really helps to enhance the Kingkiller chronicle’s atmosphere, and make these audio books into something amazing. When you can just relax, and never have to wonder what is happening, or who is saying what, you know you have an amazing audio book narrator. I would purchase other books based on RD narrating alone.

The added sound effects between chapters are a nice touch and add to the atmosphere.

Overall – 4.5/5

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  • Vira
  • 04-10-13

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).

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-14

Just flawless.

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Flawless part one of book two of the series, capturing me just as much as the first book did. There is just too many good things to say about this book. I couldn't have asked for more and I loved every bit of it. A must read for any fantasy lover.

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  • Emma
  • 26-05-14

Awesome Series

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I honestly don't think there are words to express what richness and depth Rupert Degas' character voices brought to this audio book. Such amazing range and authenticity, I was totally and utterly lost in his narration.

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Can't wait for the next in the series to be turned into an audio book!

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  • Theresia
  • 06-01-14

Rupert Degas does it again!

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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.

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  • Carlos
  • 15-08-13

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.

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  • Lizzykafoops
  • 09-07-13

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.

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  • Thorz
  • 01-05-12

Part two of the masterpiece

If you could sum up The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) in three words, what would they be?

Amazing story, period!

What did you like best about this story?

The diversity of the situations Kvothe gets involved with.

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He give amazing life to all the characters. He is hands down the best performer of the once you'll find in audible

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh several times.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-02-15

Why different narrator?

Loved the book, but would have liked to have the same narrator as the first, and all in one book. This guy was good, but the shift was jarring. Am very annoied at what I assume are some weird licencing rules.

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  • Sophia Richardson
  • 12-08-18

A beautiful tale of love and exploration

This series is stunning. The books display masterful, intriguing character development and a plot that draws you deeper with every new path it meanders it’s way down. Truly magical.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-18

Such and amazing narrator and story!

I read the two books about 5 years ago and I loved it since the very begging... Then I stubled into the audio book and I swear is been my partner in crime all 42 hrs. The voice is every bit as manly and clever as the caracter and the way the narrator portrays the dialoge is amazing: even his female impersonations are good! Very pleaced, would recomend every time.