“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
The Wise Man’s Fear is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series. It follows the second day of Kvothe relating his life story to the Chronicler.
The writing is as beautiful as it was in the first book. It pulls you into the story and lets you feel like you are right there, next to Kvothe.
This book did a great job in solidifying my feelings for the characters I met in the first book. I still adore Sim, I can’t get enough of Elodin’s quirkiness and I think that Auri creates this dreamlike, magical aura around herself and I love her so much. Oh, and of course I still hate Denna with a burning passion.
When it comes to the new characters that are introduced in this book I didn’t really care about most of them. I feel fondness for Tempi and I couldn’t stand Dedan. But every other character felt a little bland.
What I really like is that Kvothe is becoming less and less “perfect” as the story progresses. He often does questionable things to achieve his goals. And those things are becoming darker and darker. And darker.
This book is a real mystery to me. I am pretty sure that it’s the slowest paced book I have ever read. And somehow it didn’t hurt the book at all. It actually made this story so much appealing to me. It somehow makes it feel more real.
This book managed to almost completely ignore the main plot. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t interesting. It’s just that I read close to 1000 pages and Kvothe is still almost in the same place he was at the beginning. But maybe that was the point.
The time Kvothe spent in Ademre was so interesting. The differences between Adems and Aturans was incredibly fascinating.
And the part of the book I had real problems getting through was the time Kvothe spend with Feluriana. It didn’t feel like a part of the story at all. I just couldn’t get into it.
It’s a weird feeling, because I loved this book, but I also feel disappointed. It definitely wasn’t as good as The Name of the Wind. It’s still a beautiful and captivating story. I just feel a little dissatisfied with what I got after reading so many pages. Especially that I have a long, long time to wait for the next book in this series.
I rate it as 4.5 star but I rounded it up to 5, because how could I not?