Title: The Wise Man’s Fear
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two
Imprint: Orion Publishing Group
Publication Year: 2012
Category: Adventure Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
Magic, mystery & adventure can be found in the second book of The Kingkiller Chronicle series. Patrick Rothfuss does it again, but this time provides new challenges for the heart of the story; the legendary, Kvothe.
The Wise Mans Fear has Kvothe dig deeper into his infamous story as he explains his adventures beyond university. We see him embark on a journey to understand his purpose in the world. He travels off to a far land, hoping to develop his reputation through the Maer’s powerful influence but finds trouble once he arrives. After some time, the Maer sends him out on a mission and is forced to get along with new and challenging characters. Along his journey he meets a beautiful mythical being from fables and learns new tricks which make him unearth the hidden power within him: The name of the wind.
What’s different from the first book is that there is more adventure and many unexpected turn of events. It was great to see Kvothe immerse into the unknown, beyond the university walls, to find his true purpose in life. I don’t know about you, but I always like seeing a character show how independent they can be, discovering many things about themselves along the way. Yes, The Name of the Wind had adventure but in the second part of the story, Patrick allowed the reader to focus just on Kvothe and what he wanted to achieve. As the story came to an end, I was left with wonder about how his present life connected with his grandeur story. I like that tool a writer uses as it means we, as readers, can interpret the ending in whatever way we choose and let the story shape in our minds.
All in all, if you like mystery, plenty of adventure and the chance to see character development, than you must read The Wise Man’s Fear.
Have you missed my review on The Name of the Wind? You can read it here.
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