Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic . . . and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as THE NAME OF THE WIND, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must-read for all fantasy fans. Readable, engaging and gripping THE WISE MAN’S FEAR is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there. (Goodreads)
My Rating: 4/5
For the first time in my life, I read this book like I was enjoying a large meal. All all-day buffet where I had all the time in the world to eat everything that was put out. Nothing would ever go cold or stale and I could just sit back and relax while my stomach settled enough for me to fill up my plate again.
What I mean to say is, I loved reading this book slowly.
I will begin, however, with a negative. Denna is worse in this one. Thankfully, we see less of her as Kvothe is off doing his hero stuff for a lot of the book, but any scenes with Denna are wasted pages. Either Rothfuss knows this and wants us to hate her, or he’s clueless. If Denna was removed from the story, it would not be affected.
Kvothe’s time at the university is as fun as ever. I love watched him learn and interact with his friends. This beginning section of the book does feel a little slow but it’s still enjoyable to read.
Moving on to Kvothe finally leaving the university. I won’t get into any spoilers, but it’s fair to say that he goes on a journey that befits a standalone story. The ending is a little rushed which was unfortunate because the section where he is learning incredibly new things was my favourite.
It is difficult not to go into any spoilers so I will end my review by saying this: Rothfuss’ writing style does not slump; Kvothe is as Mary Sue as ever and I don’t care because it’s fun for his character and the story; the world is revealed even more and it’s surprisingly complex and intricate; and there are so many questions!!! (On the questions, don’t expect many answers to old questions, but do also expect new unanswered questions too!)
I will write a spoiler-filled exploration of what happened in this book in the near future! It’s about time I joined the long line of those anxiously awaiting the next book!