a wise man's fear

by Patrick Rothfuss

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Book 7 of 445 in the Best Fantasy Books
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Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, 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.
Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea
"The characters are real and the magic is true.”
Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn

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Anonymous | 2013-07-24 02:00:42
Personally the second book determines whether or not I'm going to read the whole series. Safe to say after this book I'm going to read the whole series. Just brilliant, better than the first.
Anonymous | 2014-08-17 05:58:44
A must-read series for those who love the ' simple magic' in everyday life...forget Harry Potter because Kvothe is the kid to grow up with...
Anonymous | 2014-09-28 05:49:47
This book is a poor replica of the first, which was intelligent, lyrical, unpredictable and entertaining. The second book has unending scenes where nothing happens to advance the story, and for entire chapters the author simply retreads the same worn ground again and again. The ongoing romance between the lead characters has no arc or growth. It become an irritating and deeply dull plot device. There are some very creative segments here and there, but after 1000 pages the tale just peters out. As far as the writing, while there are spiffy analogies and many sweet and creative fairy tales, the author recklessly ladles out clichéd phrases to describe characters' emotions. I can only hope Book 3 recaptures the energy and inventiveness of Book 1.
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