I just finished the Wise Man's Fear, book 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicle (book 1 being the Name of the Wind). I don't think I've ever been this torn about a fantasy series. I absolutely hated some aspects of it, while I also loved some parts. I'll start with dissecting the parts I particularly disliked. Subsequently I'll share my thoughts on the stuff I did like. At the end I'll give the series as a whole a rating on the scale of 1 to 10. What I disliked: Let's start with the main characters. Kvothe In in all my years of reading fantasy he is perhaps the least likable protagonist I've ever stumbled across. Regal is an obnoxious fool? Sure. Joffrey is an masochistic brat? That goes without saying. Thomas Covenant is a lecherous rapist? You got it! But Kvothe steals the cake. Seriously, he is worse than the aforementioned psychopaths. "Why?", you may ask. Here's why: Kvothe is invincible. His fighting prowess is almost unrivaled. Kvothe is the smartest man alive. Kvothe is one of the strongest wizards ever. Kvothe is lucky. He's handsome (beautiful even). He sings and plays the lute so well that people swoon or start crying from the beauty of it. Kvothe has a super magic cloak which he got after seducing a feary (who is often called the bane of mortal men. Men go crazy from the mere sight of her. Of course not Kvothe). Kvothe's banter is unrivaled. What I guess I'm trying to say here is that Kvothe fits the 'Most Interesting Guy in the World' trope fairly well, which in my opinion makes him totally uninteresting as a character. His omnipotence makes him as boring as Superman. It feels like all the setbacks Kvothe experiences in the story bare just placed there so that Kvothe can find an ingenious way to overcome them. As a result I never felt myself rooting for Kvothe. I just hoped he got his head smashed in, but him being the narrator of the story, that was a vain hope from the get go. It made for frustrating reading, I can assure you of that. Denna My dislike of Denna is such that at certain chapters where she made an appearance I just stopped reading for a while. Instead I would bang my head against the wall (or the bus window, depending on where I was at that point). This has never happened to me before. I like her even less than Nyneave, Egwene and Elayne combined. She's a class-A snooty bitch. Also, Kvothe just keeps randomly bumping in to her, even in cities of well over 100.000 inhabitants (Tarbean and Severen). I mean, what the hell Pat? Where's the freaking logic in that? Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but that doesn't make any sense even in your fantasy world. All other female characters Badly written. One dimensional. Either written as snooty harpies or swooning damsels in distress. The only exception is Vashet (the Ademre woman) and of course Kvothe ends up having sex with her anyways, because why not? He's the most interesting man in the world and conveniently the Ademre have a totally insane custom of just banging when they feel the physical urge (I'm not kidding. In the book our dear Kvothe gets a boner during a fight with Vashet, she sees it and pulls him into the bushes whereafter she 'takes care of business'). What the hell is up with that anyway? I guess Patrick just cooked that up to fulfill his own nerdy sexual fantasies. Bast Is he gay or fae? Or both? Does it matter? Yes! In book 1 the relationship between 'Reshi' (bleeergh) and Bast irritated me no end. Bast acts like my old aunty Nellie who lives some blocks away from my house. Whenever she bumps in to me she admonishes me for not wearing proper warm clothes, or she warns me that the pollen are extra heavy in the air when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing in from the east. You know the type of aunt. Bast acts like Nellie. Or like my gay barber Johan who shaves my head every 4 weeks on Saturday and who can't help but cup a feel every now and again. I don't mind. It's okay. We're both secure in our sexual preferences. The thing is that Bast and Kvothe are not. Mr Rothfuss, please make up your mind about the relationship between Kvothe and Bast. Are they gay? Fine, out with it then! If not, please write them more realistically. At the moment Bast's attitude towards Kvothe is just ridiculous. Also, I disliked Bast's unreasonable rages. Now and then he would just go crazy and threaten to kill Chronicler. No reason or rationale, the guy just goes berserk from time to time. Maybe it's all the pent up sexual frustration. Be that as it may; fuck that faun.