- Page Count: 994
- Release Date: March 1, 2011
- My Rating: 1 star
My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s Road.
All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived…until Kvothe.
In The Wise Man’s Fear, 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.
I thought that I had reached my limit of disliking the main character and the rambling story in the first book, but this took things to a WHOLE new level.
I decided to read this because I was confused by the first book’s high ratings and wanted to see if anything improved in the sequel.
But guess what? Kvothe’s still here. AND HE’S STILL BETTER THAN YOU.
Instead of repeating my previous review about this special snowflake/Gary Stu, let me just leave the actual book description here:
“My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.”
Other things that haven’t changed: still can’t stand Denna. Still can’t stand the way the author views and writes women. Still can’t find the plot arc.
NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK. Seriously. Most of it felt like a repeat of the first book? Then the rest of the adventures were basically pointless. Like I can’t even explain how much NOTHING mattered… I can barely lift this book, so it seems like something should have happened in those 994 pages. But it could pretty much just be summed up as cringeworthy wish fulfillment and/or “Kvothe gets laid.”
I gave the first book 2 stars because the writing was good, but even that isn’t enough to save this mess. I am slightly impressed that the author managed to cover almost 1,000 pages in words, but that’s the only positive thing I have to say.
I know a ton of people really love these books, so I’d still recommend checking this out for yourself!