The Wise Man’s Fear

The Wise Man’s Fear

By: Patrick Rothfuss

This is the only book that I have actually pre-ordered this year.  After reading The Name of the Wind early last year, WMF went quickly to the top of the list of books that I had to read this year.  And, I must tell you, I’m so glad I did.  If you thought that The Name of the Wind was good, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with The Wise Man’s Fear.

The book is a goliath.  Almost 1000 pages total, and every one of them needed.  I don’t say that often, but it’s true.  Rothfuss does a tremendous job of developing Kvothe and leading us through his growth and adventures.  You can truly see him mature as the book progresses, complete with times where you want to reach into the book and strangle him for the stupid stuff he says or does.

It would be very hard to continue with much of the story without giving some sort of spoiler, so I wont do that.  What I can say is that Rothfuss’ writing is tighter, and flows easier throughout this book.  Obviously, the extra time he spent putting the finishing touches on it payed off.  All I can say is that I would rather it didn’t take four more years for the final book to come out, but if the last book turns out like this one, it might be OK.

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