The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – Book Review

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The_Wise_Man's_Fear_coverTitle: The Wise Man’s Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Publisher: Gollancz

Format: Paperback

Year Released: 2011



This is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series, in which Kvothe continues to tell his own story. Kvothe is the most notorious wizard the world has ever seen. His exploits are retold across the land. The Wise Man’s Fear was a very engaging and exciting read.


The story focuses on Kvothe and his many adventures. In my opinion, this book becomes more interesting when Kvothe leaves the University for a year to try and find a patron to enable him to make more money playing his Lute. Kvothe is not wealthy like the majority of the students at the University, so he is forced to make money playing music, making magical objects to sell, or borrowing money from Devi. Kvothe’s many adventures bring him into contact with a variety of well fleshed out characters.


The use of characters in this novel is fantastic. There is great banter among many of the characters. Kvothe’s friends, Wilem and Simmon, are great characters with great chemistry with Kvothe. However, the most interesting characters in this book are Auri, Felurian and Denna. Kvothe’s relationship with Denna is complicated because Kvothe cares for Denna but is unsure if he wants a more intimate relationship. On the other hand, Denna has the tendency to suddenly disappear out of town for months, without saying goodbye to Kvothe. Kvothe’s relationships with women are made more complicated by having a sexual relationship with Felurian, a Fae.


The Wise Man’s Fear does have some action and adventure which I found to be engaging. However, the action and adventure never feel forced and one does not miss it when the book focuses more on character interaction and Kvothe’s love life with both music and Denna. The book is well written and very long. Nevertheless, the quality of the writing was so high, that I never felt bored whilst reading this epic book. This book may not be entertaining for people who just want non-stop action and adventure.


The Wise Man’s Fear is one of the best fantasy novels I have read in a while, so if you have not read it then get a move on.


Rating: 5/5 Stars


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