I'm torn on this review. I thought TNOTW was THE BEST fantasy novel I've ever read. I could not put it down. This week, bored, I re-read TNOTW and looked up AWMF. I realized it was already on my Kindle but I didn't remember buying or reading it. Yet, it was at 100%. I started reading it again and sort of, kinda remembered the first few chapters. By the time he left the University I was in all new territory. I can only assume what happened was that I read the first few chapters, got bored and skipped to the end. Most of the book was completely new to me.
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.