The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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
Day two: the wise man’s fear
“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.
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|Listening Length||42 hours and 55 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 03, 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #437 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Paranormal Fantasy
#56 in Action & Adventure Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#58 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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I see and understand most of the 1 star reviews. This book wasn't as good as TNOTW. Its slow. There are a lot of side stories. I'm also sick of his unresolved and strange relationship with Whatever The Hell Her Name Is This Week. The Flurian side story drug on Way too long. This could have been covered in 1 chapter, 2 at the most instead of near a 1/4 of the book. I am also extremely frustrated with an author who seems to be either flat out lazy or who doesnt care at all about his readers. I agree with every bad review and scathing opinion of the author.
However... Its apparently been Years since I bought this book. The second time around I see amazing and subtle points I never noticed before, things you truly have to Think about (a sentence, a gesture, a story...might mean far more than realized). I think I --and others -- forget just how Young the protagonist really Is in this installment (16-17 at University?)...how young he might Still Be as the story teller/inn meeper Kote ... 20-21? 25? We don't know.
I couldn't put it down. I caught myself reading on my lunch break and staying up too late. I devoured this book in 2 days. I found myself thinking about Kvothe at work, wondering, picking apart seemingly subtle and unrelated points, questioning...
Maybe I am reading too much into this book. Maybe its all nonsense. Maybe it isn't. We'll have to wait until book 3 to find out. I'll probably be dead by then but I was highly entertained on my way to the grave (lol).
So 3 stars for now. I reserve the right to change my review based on book 3...if I'm not already dead before publication.
What really soured me on the series and has made me write it off is the behavior of the author. Once upon a time we were told the series was complete & editing was in works for the final book, now if anyone even mentions the final edition the author flips his lid- like seriously acts like the world’s biggest a-hole bc how dare we, the readers care about when he’s gonna get off his video game and give us the book we have been waiting for?
Never mind the fact that he has the leisure of sitting there, gaming on live stream for hours each day because we bought his books to begin with, without us readers he’d be working a 9-5.
So yeah, Patrick Rofuss & Patrick Rothfuss alone is the reason why I will never put a dime towards anything with his name on it.
I loved these first two book but it's been many years since the author has put out anything else and it's not looking good that he'll finish the series.
This book is a solid 4 stars for me. But the fact that the story isn't likely to be finished, or at least finished anytime soon, really takes away from it's value.
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However, I understand and share a lot of the frustration with this book. The story felt quite rambling. It’s definitely taking its time along Kvothe’s journey, and it feels like we’ve barely touched on the things Kvothe is famous for. He still feels a long way from the legendary character teased in the first book. It also feels like we’re circling around and ending up back where we started. This feels like an odd move for the middle book in the trilogy, which I would expect to be breaking away from the ‘origin story’ a little more. In addition to this, the secondary characters still feel underdeveloped and Denna is even more aggravating than before.
But despite all this, the tale and the telling of it are so exciting and compelling throughout, I raced through the book and couldn’t put it down, and I want more! I’m still very invested in Kvothe’s story, and now there are interesting new hints that Kvothe might not be the hero we think. I’ve read other people's suggestions that this could be a villain’s story in the end, and while I don’t think it will be quite that simple, I think this is a good observation.
Still a very enjoyable read, still both frustrating and awesome, and I still can’t wait for more.
That said, the last stage of the book was good and tied some of the bits together.
I’m not excited for another instalment if this is the kind of offering coming in the 3rd book. Given how long it’s taking to come out, I’ll probably not bother
People often trot out the old saw "write about what you know". I think that a lot of people get confused by this, and it might be better phrased as "know enough about your subject that you don't embarrass everyone", which would probably lead to a lot less abandoned first novels about boring humdrum suburban lives.
Rothfuss knows fantasy, and it was interesting, as I was reading the book the second time through, to see who he had begged, stolen and borrowed from. I must say I think his taste in influences is first rate. Perhaps he could read a little more James Branch Cabell, perhaps he could pay a little more attention to Poul Anderson or Ursula LeGuin, but wit and humour are both there, and he doesn't waste too many words, for all the doorstop size of these books. The worldbuilding is fresh and full and vivid and engaging enough that it doesn't clunk and clank and throw me out of the tale when big lumps and dollops of it are incorporated into the narrative - unlike the efect when so many writers try to display their chops - or is it that they just don't know that the world is for the writer to know, the story is for the reader to read? Whatever, this is one of the rare occasions where it (pretty much) all works, with traditional elements melded to influences and sparks and strands of originality, then forged into a whole. What puzzles me is the people who seem to feel there is some kinship here with Rowling's work - I find that bogstaggering. 'Oh! He goes to a School of Magic, does he? That must be like Hogwarts then'. - As if there aren't any others. Oh dear oh dear. So, anyways: Old, new, borrowed and blue, a legacy of folk tale and fantasy make a happy marriage here, and the offspring has an undeniable charm.
A few things ring hollow: first and foremost, for me, the details of the domestic economy of a traditional inn. Making bread without using water in the dough doesn't work, and there is usually some oil or butter too, never mind what else might go in to a decent loaf. Boiling freshly pressed apple juice? Ouch. And calling the resultant liquid 'cider' is anachronistic in flavour. An innkeeper would be more likely to ferment the stuff, specially in an inn with so little business, as booze keeps better and you can charge more. A cask of whiskey that big? In an inn with so little business? You'd lose so much to the angel's share that it would be uneconomical. I could go on, but there was enough to like about the setting and the writing that I will exercise forgiveness and forbearance. And where do you find a 17th century inn - or the equivalent - to practice being an innkeeper for a few months so you get the details right? Tricky. So I guess I really HAVE to forgive a lot of that.
Felurian having an oral faux Kama Sutra irked me. Bumpkins and poachers and the odd woodsman turn up, every dozen years or whatever, and she instructs them out of the equivalent of some manual from a Sanskrit Court Pundit's pen? Hardly. And if she swims in a sea of blissful carnality I find it hard to imagine she needs to stick labels on the waves. I can understand that this might be a convenient source of metaphoric shorthand and that it can make the task of writing about sex less onerous and 'real', but it was one of the few true failures of the Rothfuss imagination, for me - an easy way out that led to a swamp.
The borrowing behind the Adem somehow annoyed me much less, as it seemed far more appropriate, and I thought it was far less of a problem for the old 'suspension of disbelief' malarkey, even if it did stick out like a sore ear.
Niggle niggle niggle, and it still gets FIVE STARS. Because what there is to like about it far outweighs the reservations I have.
Read this book, it is good for you. There, said it. Rothfuss' work is a bright star, or three, glimmering above a dismal fog of mediocre writing.
Well done that man.
Keep it up.
And thank you.