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The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 2)

Written by Patrick Rothfuss

Average Score: 85(18)

My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me... So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view—a story unequalled in fantasy literature. .

Book Details

Fantasy
Hardcover, 1008 Pages
Published by DAW Hardcover on March 01, 2011
ISBN-10 0756404738
ISBN-13 978-0756404734

Reviews


Grasping for the Wind | John Ottinger III
Review Rating: 100
There simply aren't enough superlatives in the world to describe how excellent The Wise Man's Fear is.
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Publishers Weekly
Review Rating: 100
This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence... (Starred Review)
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SF Site | Dominic Cilli
Review Rating: 100
There is a certain sense of poetry and rhythm to Rothfuss's writing that is quite unlike anything else out there.
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SFRevu | Meagen Voss
Review Rating: 100
...a gorgeously written tale that represents the very best of fantasy...
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The Green Man Review | Kelly Sedinger
Review Rating: 100
The Wise Man's Fear is a highly engrossing read, even with its tremendous length...
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sffworld.com | Rob H. Bedford
Review Rating: 100
My final verdict on The Wise Man's Fear is that it is an incredible novel, a rare novel that lives up to the promise of its predecessor. [...] Highest Recommendation possible.
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Fantasy Literature | Justin Blazier
Review Rating: 90
[Audio Version] The story ambles and sidesteps its way through the telling of Kvothe's thoughts and adventures, and it's wonderful.
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Fantasy Literature | Robert Thompson
Review Rating: 90
Compared to The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is everything that made the first novel such a huge success except that it is bigger, better and more rewarding.
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Fantasy Literature | Stefan Raets
Review Rating: 85
If you're looking for solid, character-driven, consistently entertaining but occasionally quite dark fantasy that has more heart than several other series combined, you couldn't do much better than Patrick Rothfuss' KINGKILLER CHRONICLE.
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Neth Space | Neth
Review Rating: 83
The style that [Rothfuss] writes with is intoxicating and addictive -- there is energy to his story-telling that cannot be denied.
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Locus Online | Faren Miller
Review Rating: 80
Despite its length, The Wise Man's Fear fairly leaps off the page, whatever the setting and circumstances.
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Pat`s Fantasy Hotlist | Patrick
Review Rating: 80
The Wise Man's Fear is a solid and accessible fantasy work.
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Stephen Hunts SF Crownest | Mark Yon
Review Rating: 80
It is, first and foremost, an immersive piece of writing. Kvothe's (and Pat's!) skills as a storyteller have again become increasingly noticeable here, as we have recountable tales within tales.
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Strange Horizons | Lisa Goldstein
Review Rating: 80
...The Wise Man's Fear is so entertaining, so much fun, that its problems of style don't bother me as much as they usually would.
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The Wertzone | Adam Whitehead
Review Rating: 80
...features some extremely well-played and subtle storytelling. On other, briefer, occasions it's tediously dull, cloying and prone to attacks of purple prose...
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Fantasy Literature | Kat Hooper
Review Rating: 70
[Audio Version] I love Kvothe, and it's a lot of fun to watch him use his intelligence and his trouper skills to build his own legendary reputation. The problem isn't the story -- the problem is that the story doesn't need to be this long.
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Fantasy Literature | Greg Hersom
Review Rating: 65
To give credit where it's due, there are some moments of exceptionally gifted writing in The Wise Man's Fear. Nonetheless, when I look back at my reading experience, what I recall most is boredom.
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SF Reviews | Thomas M. Wagner
Review Rating: 50
The Wise Man's Fear, though it improves in many ways upon its predecessor, falls short in others. This sequel is much too episodic, too drawn out, too lacking in narrative focus to provide a wholly satisfying reading experience.
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