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Nov 24 2011

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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The Kingkiller Chronicles: Day Two. Orion, 2011.
(Age: 16+) Highly recommended. He was once the most powerful wizard, feared swordsman and famed dragon slayer of his or any time. A man of myth and legend, Kvothe disappeared without warning. Now a quiet inn-keeper he wishes to live out his days in peace and pass on the knowledge of his life to those around him. Only his friend and assistant; Bast is aware of Kvothe's true identity. Believing that Kvothe is still the man he once was Bast wishes to wake Kvothe from his life of monotony. When a scribe passing through town recognises Kvothe he asks to record his story. Kvothe wanting to set the record straight agrees and begins telling the scribe his story, in three parts over three days.
In the space of two books Rothfuss has staked claim as one of the premier fantasy writers in recent years. The Wise Man's Fear surpasses its predecessor The Name of the Wind in most if not all areas. Substantially longer at 994 pages, many readers may choose to neglect it due to its sheer bulk. But upon reading the first few pages, setting the book down is the last thing on the reader's mind. The writing is detailed but never dull, the characters engaging and relatable.
The plot employs elements of action, drama, comedy and romance, ensuring that readers of all styles will be engrossed. The ending leaves the reader aching for the next instalment and if it is anything like The Wise Man's Fear it will be well worth the wait.
An original storyline, detailed characters and an engaging writing style make The Wise Man's Fear one of the better fantasy books to hit the shelves in recent years. Some readers may be deterred by its length but those who pick this book up will not be disappointed.
I highly recommend this book .
Michael Adams

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