My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Day 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicle.
I started reading this book not long after finishing its predecessor “The Name of the Wind”. In the second book, Kvothe leaves his childhood behind. He finds new friends, goes on a journey and attains manhood.
It took a while before the book became really interesting. Even so it was an easy read from the beginning on and I enjoyed that Patrick Rothfuss didn’t completely focus on just the main character. Unfortunately this changed after about a third of the book when Kvothe becomes a lone fighter on his journey again. But the good storyline and the nice description of the people and environment quickly overshadowed my initial disappointment.
The middle part of the book could be read fluently and quickly but without a particular lasting impression. But I was shocked about the chapters with Felurian. For me, Kvothe was always a character leaning heavily towards complete incredibility, but in this part he lost it. I had to trudge myself through these 100 pages of the Fae story and was certain that this book could only earn three stars.
But surprisingly the author it was able to make me a fan of his story again. His richness of details and the sheer scope and fantasy of the Adem populace made it easy to be catapulted right into the story and to root for our hero.
All in all the assessment of this book turned out to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. As already criticized in my review of the first book, the author exaggerates Kvothe’s talents. And I’m afraid it has increased in this book and Kvothe appears more and more as an unbelievable hero.
But thanks to Patrick Rothfuss’s writing style it was a pleasure reading this book (except the Felurian part) as I couldn’t put it down and now I can’t wait to read the sequel.