David Gemmell Legend Award 2012. Locus Award nominee 2012.
"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man."
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 unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man's Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's road.
All the while, 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, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived... until Kvothe.
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.
Patrick Rothfuss (US, born 1973) currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. In his free time Patrick writes a satirical humor column, practices civil disobedience, and dabbles in alchemy. He loves words, laughs often, and refuses to dance.
The working title of the third book of The Kingkiller Chronicle is The Doors of Stone.
Photo taken by Rothfuss's sister. Used with permission of the author.
Written by celeblith (2014-03-23)
I love this! The story goes on so well. Usually you almost know what might happen next, but then there is something so out of corner. It have been long time since I last time smiled and even laughed while reading a book. I have read many good book which leaves you a good feeling. But this really entertain you, so many ways. Clever, funny, serious.. The story is so close. Maincharacter is so ´simple´ but so clever made. ( I don’t know how to explain). The young boy with childlike ... (more)
Written by Sini (2013-10-07)
I really enjoyed reading this story, it was quite long, but held my interest well. The relationship between Bast and Kvothe is intriguing :) Wish we'd hear more about now instead of memories... I think there must be a reason for all the detours Kvothe takes to learn skills he'll probably need in the final book! I'm glad I read the first one again before reading this, so the beginning was fresh in my mind. And now we wait for the part 3! Looking forward to it.