Monday, 24 January 2011

"The Wise Man's Fear" Reviews

It would seem lots of people are googling for reviews of The Wise Man's Fear. Here's some I've found so far. Will update this post as more become available.

The gist:

The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2) In The Wise Man's Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived.
In The Wise Man's Fear, 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
 Tor.com
There's a lovely sequence of events, including some things I didn't see coming. There are some lovely clever things. We learn a lot more about some things mentioned briefly in the frame in the first volume, like the Fae, swords, lots of things. It's all light and easy to read and easy to absorb and be absorbed by. There are books that leave you feeling wrung out, and there are books that leave you feeling like you've had a vacation. This is definitely the latter kind.
The Hotlist
 The structure of the book is the same as that of The Name of the Wind. The better part of the novel recounts Kvothe's past and is told in the first person. The interludes, on the other hand, occur in "real time" and employ a third person narrative. I recall finding that specific structure a bit odd in Rothfuss' debut, but it works well in The Wise Man's Fear. It feels as though there are more interludes in this one, but I could be mistaken. While it's evident that many of these interludes will pave the way for the second trilogy to come, at times they felt a bit redundant and unnecessary. Especially since many of them break the momentum of the narrative, just as things are getting really interesting. Like unwanted commercial when you're watching a particularly good movie on TV. . .
FBC(spoilers)
The release of The Wise Man’s Fear may have taken longer than expected, but it was definitely worth the wait. Compared to The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is everything that made the first novel such a huge success except bigger, better and more rewarding.
Peter V Brett
 Finished Wise Man's Fear on the plane to LA. Liked it better than Name of the Wind. 
Brandon Sanderson
In the end, I think that if I distill why I’ve loved these books so much more than others, it’s because of this: They’re beautiful. Wise Man’s Fear is a BEAUTIFUL book to read. Masterful prose, a sense of cohesion to the storytelling, a wonderful sense of pacing . . . None of that is the reason for the awesomeness any more than a single dab of paint is the reason why a Monet is a thing of wonder. But if you step back to look and digest the piece as a whole—not thinking too much about the parts—you are left with a sense of awe.
Daphne Durham
 Tehlu bless Pat Rothfuss, because WMF is a marvel--in some ways better than The Name of the Wind. It would spoil the adventure to tell to much--it's enough to say that only a small section of the book takes place at the University, and it's good to see Kvothe on the road. Rothfuss continues to dazzle with his ability to create new cultures and languages--there are few as fascinating and dangerous as of the Adem.
Publishers Weekly
 This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence, and will leave fans waiting on tenterhooks for the final installment.
Suvudu 
The Wise Man’s Fear does still have moments where the narrative slows down to a crawl. Readers within this particular part of three will notice it as I did. It is a large book and while the character development Kvothe goes through is fascinating, real, and tangible—to the point I’d argue he truly becomes a man in this book—it comes at a price. There were four different moments where I wanted the story to pick up and those were the moments I put the book down to work, go for a walk, or check email.
Mysterious Galaxy
The story is long and involved, but it is neither as long, nor as involved as it could have been. What others might explain, and explain, and explain some more … in a hundred or so pages … our friend Rothfuss does in just a few (see chapter fifty-two, for example). The story’s all there, yes, but we move quickly to the good parts … we cut to the chase. And what a chase it is.
Neth Space
The truth is that all of this would be a complete failure if not for Rothfuss’ incredible story-telling ability. The style that he writes with is intoxicating and addictive – there is energy to his story-telling that cannot be denied. Calling the book a page-turner doesn’t quite do it – this is a 1000+ page book that reads like a book less than half its size
You can read my thoughts HERE.

While you wait you can read this excerpt. Just be aware that Rothfuss had the original excerpt at Pats removed because he revised it after it's release. Better than nothing though or illegally downloading the whole book, right?

Update: You can read the official approved excerpt "An Interesting Fact" here and also listen and watch Rothfuss reading a different part of the book below. Patrick recaps tNotW here.

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