Book Review: The Wise Man’s Fear

The Wise Man's Fear
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”

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, 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. – GoodReads

There are no words to describe my experience with this book. There were parts that I hated, but there were far many more parts that I fell in love with! The writing is so brilliant that I forgot that it was writing. The story is so engrossing that I forgot it was only a story. The characters are so near to my heart that I forgot they are just characters. It became real for me, and that is probably why I hated and loved it and was fascinated with every page. Every word in each sentence spoke to me in some way, whether good or bad, pleasant or upsetting.

I hate and love Kvothe, the main character, but it is impossible to merely dislike or be indifferent to him. The drama and passion that are there can’t be ignored or brushed off. This whole story invokes such a wild reaction in my mind that I am carried away on the waves of the story, drowning in it.
This reaction was especially powerful because I read it so quickly and spent so much time every day immersed in that world.

As with the first book, the balanced pacing in the plot development is perfection. All those enigmas and little mysteries being solved and explained just as a new puzzle is introduced; answers to the questions are given, just as a new question is posed.

Also the same as the first book, the descriptions of musicians, how they love their instruments, and how they feel about performing or composing… all these are absolute perfection, and really touched a deep place in my musician’s heart. One of the main reasons I love Kvothe is because of his music.

So now I am dying for that last book! What exquisite torture to wait for the end of a fascinating story.

Warning: This is not a book for children or teens. The subject material is too graphic and disturbing, IMO.

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