Friday, May 13, 2011

Book Review: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Remember the post where I raved about The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss?  If you didn't like that one, you should stop reading now, because I'm about to rave about the next book in the series, The Wise Man's Fear.  It is still high fantasy and still amazing.  I'm not going to go into much of the plot, you can follow the link to the Goodreads page for more detail, but this is basically the second day of Kvothe's story, which is being narrated to Chronicler.  Oh and of course Bast is there.  I've got a seriously literary crush on Bast.  So here we go:

It's still amazing.  After 2 books and almost 2000 pages of writing, I still have nothing to complain about.  Seriously.  I haven't found a flaw, and I'm a very picky reader.  I can find flaws in almost anything, but I have nothing to criticize here.  The characters are well-developed; the plot has no holes, despite being incredibly complex; perfect balance of detail; incredibly smart and witty; etc; etc; etc.  I could continue for pages on this, but I'll go with flawless to keep it short.

So this is my new favorite series of all time.  I'm glad The Hunger Games is YA, so I can say this is my favorite ADULT series of all time, but if The Hunger Games and The Kingkiller Chronicles had to fight to the death, I'm Team Kvothe all the way (don't tell Suzanne!).  I read both books almost back to back and didn't get tired of the story or lose interest in any of the characters.  And these aren't small books.  Like I mentioned above, we're looking at almost 2000 pages of book between the two.  But I read the two over the course of about two weeks, along with a few other books, and enjoyed every second.  It's a sign of a great writer AND a great story teller when the author can make a book of that size fly by with no reader fatigue.

Of the two books, I still think I prefer The Name of the Wind.  There was a very short section of The Wise Man's Fear where I almost lost interest.  Please do not mistake what I'm saying here.  I refuse to use the word "dragged" because it didn't drag.  It just wasn't AS exciting as the rest of the story.  This is NOT a criticism, it's just a statement of preference. 

Please read this series.  I'm begging you.  Like I've mentioned in a few other reviews, Luke and I usually don't like the same books, but we are both LOVING this series.  Luke is still reading The Wise Man's Fear and we are having so much fun discussing.  I love hearing him laugh out loud from the other room while he reads.  Or yell out "THE CHANDRIAN!!!!!!!"  You've also probably heard me mention my online book friends, the Nesties, on here before and I have to tell you that a bunch of the Nesties have been reading it as well.  I have yet to hear a negative review. 

One last word - I loved this one so much that I actually bought two copies.  I immediately bought a hard copy, then passed it on to Bestie and bought a copy for my Nook.  It was worth buying twice.  And if you have a Nook, I'll loan it to you as long as you promise to read it.


  1. I'm so excited to start this one. I've been saving it for my trip this week so I have something good to read one the plane and in my hotel room.