My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After thoroughly enjoying Patrick Rothfuss’ first novel, The Name of the Wind, I was very excited to jump right into Wise Man’s Fear. At first, I got exactly what I wanted, but then things changed and I found the story to be less gratifying. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but just not as much.
One of my favorite parts of the story is the University. Rothfuss has so many uniquely accurate insights about university life, I just enjoy reading that part of the book so much. It was no big surprise that when Kvothe left, the story lost a little of its magic for me.
At that point, I felt the story started to lose its shape a bit. Yes, it continued to be interesting, but it just kind of kept going without any real buildup to an eventual climax. So, even though Kvothe’s adventures were enjoyable read in varying degrees, I started to lose focus and the novel stopped being a “must read.”
Nonetheless, I found the novel very enjoyable. Rothfuss continued to hint at larger mysteries and themes (Denna, the Chandrian, the Amyr) that mold the fabric of the story without divulging many details. Those are things that I can’t wait to discuss with others who have read the both and make me eager for the third volume.
Another interesting component of the novel is present day Kvothe. Kvothe the narrator is so much different than the Kvothe we know from the story and I’m still really interested to find out how that happens. However, I’m a little fearful of it. Up to this point, things have gone pretty well for Kvothe, but in order for him to find himself as owner of the Waystone Inn, I would imagine that things need to go really poorly at some point. Kvothe tries so hard to do well for himself and genuinely cares for the people around him–I just want to see everything work out, but I’m concerned that’s not what we’ll see in the end.
Overall, this was a good read, but I don’t think it was quite as good as The Name of the Wind. If you liked the first one, I think you’ll still enjoy Wise Man’s Fear greatly and I would definitely recommend it!