The Wise Man's Fear : KingKiller Chronicles

  • by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • Series: KingKiller Chronicles
  • 42 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss.
This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones. 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 for all fantasy fans.
Engaging and gripping, The Wise Man's Fear is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.

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The problem with a trilogy....

I find that the problem with trilogies is that either 1) book #2 becomes the stuffing in the middle and nothing very much happens, or 2) the second book is just as good as the first, and when it finishes you go charging off to download the final instalment to find it's not yet released, so then you go off to the author's website to find there isn't even an indication of when the third instalment will be written! Much frustration and gnashing of teeth....and trawling through audible looking for a substitute fix (unsuccessfully). This book undoubtedly falls into the latter category!! A worthy sequel. (Although some might say that to suck one's audience into a tale like this, and then leave them hanging is positively cruel. Far too many loose ends, and enticing hints at what is to come)

The only time I felt concern that we might be entering "padding it out territory" was when Kvothe begins to study the Ketan, and with it the never-ending and unresolved exploration of the philosophy of the Lethani. Apart from this, the pace of the first book is maintained. Kvothe remains the imperfect yet very likeable hero.

The interludes, set in the present with the very much weaker Kote, are surely setting the scene for a rich third and final instalment? ....come on Patrick Rothfuss, gives us a clue as to when we can expect the completion of Kvothe's story.

I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance. He manages to give every character a unique, and fitting voice - even for the women. Masterful.
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- Robyn "I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson and Abercrombie. Add Pacey as narrator and I'm happy."

More good work from Partick Rothfuss

Having only just finished listening to "The Name of The Wind" which I thought was wonderful from start to finish I jumped wholeheartedly into the second of the series, "The Wise Man's Fear".

Rupert Degas gives one of my favourite deliveries of any audio narrator with this series. I often find myself preferring to listen to a great narrator reading a fairly good book than a poor narrator reading a fantastic book. It really makes a huge difference.

Thankfully, like the previous title, this audiobook is blessed with both excellent writing and narration. Patrick Rothfuss' intelligent and descriptive style is brought to life by Degas. The book is littered with detail that doesn't get in the way of the plot and characterisation is believable and rewarding. Rothfuss' pacing is nearly always spot on and he's fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

So why only four stars? Well, unlike "The Name of the Wind", this book feels a little disjointed. While the individual chapters are finely crafted, the book reads somewhat like a set of short stories. Kvothe's seems to just end up going from place to place after neatly wrapping up each story arc. It almost feels lazy, the way he bumps into a character, or is given a task which sends him on his way to the next part of the novel. This by no means ruins the book, but I did expect more from Rothfuss who is clearly is an extremely talented writer.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the major part of this novel, and while I don't hold in quite the high regard as "The Name of the Wind" it's still a very good continuation of the series. I eagerly look forward to the next one.
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-03-2012
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited