July 31, 2013

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

"The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss is the second book of The Kingkiller Chronicles. I would highly recommend reading the first book of the series "The Name of the Wind" before reading "The Wise Man's Fear." In "The Name of the Wind" readers are introduced to Kvothe, a talented arcanist, musician and a redhead. When the novel starts, Kvothe is currently living in hiding and is the owner of the Waystone Inn. At his Inn, Kvothe encounters the Chronicler, a man who records histories and stories. Kvothe agrees to share his life story with the Chronicler under the condition that it will take three days...no more and no less. Thus providing Patrick Rothfuss a clever way for a trilogy.

Each book is one day. "The Wise Man's Fear" is day two.

At the beginning of "The Wise Man's Fear," Kvothe is forced to leave the University. He travels abroad, and encounters more than his share of deadly adventures, romantic entanglements and mystical creatures. While traveling, Kvothe continues his search for information on the Chandrian and the orgins of the Amyr. After being away from home for almost a year, a wiser and possibly older Kvothe returns to the University. Rothfuss ends the novel on a high note, but leaves the reader with the impression that things are about to go sour.

Rothfuss uses a duel timeline as a framing device. The book is framed as tale, with some of the story taking place in the third person, while the bulk of it is narrated from a first-person perspective. This allows for the audience hear about the life of present day Kvothe, careworn and ready to embraced the third silence - as a man waiting to die; in addition readers can hear Kvothe's tale from the man himself. Having a duel time line, gives readers a better understanding of Kvothe. We see who he was, and see who he has become.

Magic plays a huge role in this story. Magic is described as a transfer of energies, a combination of modern physics and chemistry.

At the end of the book I was left wondering how Rothfuss planned to tie up all the loose ends? I was left with so many unanswered questions! Who are the Chandrian? What happened to the Amyr? Who exactly is Bast? What's up with the door of stone and what is behind it? Where did Bast come from? How old is Kvothe as the inn keeper? What role is Denna playing in the overall story? What started the War?

I would defiantly recommend this book. And I am looking forward to the final book of the series. 

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