The Wise Man’s Fear

There’s are few things that equal the experience of finishing a great book. For starters you could begin with a good song. Sometimes a new song hits you with a sound that just enraptures your ears. The seductive tones of the music keep you coming back for more, daring you to listen to it over and over. Alas, a single song will only keep you so long before you grow tired of it and need another.

Then there are movies. A really provocative, entertaining, or hilarious film can ensnare your attention for a far longer span of time than a mere song. Deep films can captivate you into numerous watches, daring you to spot parts you may have missed before. A three minute song can hardly compare to the joy of sixty plus minute movie. Such a comparison is like comparing a piece of sausage to a super supreme pizza or a trumpet to a symphony.

At the end of the line, though, the great books take the cake. Books can make readers curl up on a couch or sit up in bed into the wee hours of the night with their spellbound, magically imaginative stories. The Wise Man’s Fear is just that sort of book. Yet among great books, there are only so many thousand page tomes that can keep the intimacy and enticement of this one. Truly, from cover to cover, it keeps the story spinning and the reader engaged. At 994 pages (hardback), it is just shy of the 1000 page mark. The length of the book ensures many nights of adventure.

The Wise Man’s Fear is the second book in The Kingkiller Chronicles, and it follows the adventure of a magic user named Kvothe. It would be easy to label this fantasy story as Harry Potter for adults. Kvothe has a rough adolescence. He ends up in a school for magic. He’s also the boy wonder of the magic world, accomplishing great feats. Yet Patrick Rothfuss spins a story filled with flawed characters in a world far from an ideal fairy tale. Common fantasy themes are spun in unique ways that dodge some of the overused tropes of the genre. What unfolds is a rich exploration of deep, compelling characters, magic, and a struggle against a foreboding evil.

When you compare such a book to a great song, or a great film, it simply outshines them. How can you equate minutes and hours of entertainment to days, or in my case, a week of entertainment? Quite simply, that’s what it boils down to. The Wise Man’s Fear is nothing less than a week of entertainment. Once I dove in, I was hard pressed to leave. It was engaging and addictive. If you are starved for some serious reading, and are looking for some joy in the old art of storytelling, then you’d do well to check out Patrich Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles. Kvothe the Bloodless is waiting.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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