The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Goodreads rating: 4.57 stars
My rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived…until Kvothe.
Now, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
-Spoiler free review-
Once again, Rothfuss has written a phenomenal book.
It’s everything I loved about The Name of the Wind and more, because Rothfuss absolutely stepped up his game.
In The Wise Man’s Fear, we follow Kvothe through more than just his University life; in this book, he explores new places and cultures. I love the scenes at the University, but it was so exciting to go somewhere else and find out more about Rothfuss’ fantasy world. I particularly adored Kvothe’s time in Vintas, because I found the political intrigue fascinating. It gave us an insight into what the political system is like, as well as how the upper classes function.
The exploration of new cultures also provided an exploration of new languages, which was incredibly interesting. Rothfuss’ imagination knows no bounds. This also lent itself to developing diversity in the book, which I discussed in my review of The Name of the Wind. I felt that the diversity was pushed so much more— I noticed more POCs in this novel, which was a delight. As well as this, some characters were revealed to be LGBT.
Of course, Rothfuss’ writing was stupendous, as always. There was a particular section of the book that I found to be wonderfully magical, especially when listening to classical music (which I would absolutely recommend when reading these books). Rothfuss has a way of writing that totally envelops you; I could read his work forever. Again, the only small complaint I have is that I lost interest in some parts of the narrative. However, I think this isn’t necessarily a shortcoming of Rothfuss’, and more a case of me being impatient to get back to another part of the story.
And as if you didn’t need another reason to read The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, I found out that the one and only Lin Manuel Miranda has taken inspiration from Rothfuss’ work! I read a tweet where he said he tried to encapsulate a scene in the masterpiece that is Hamilton.
I was absolutely speechless when I read that— two of my favourite things colliding? And even better, Lin has written a quote to go on the blurb of the new edition of The Name of the Wind, which is helping it reach a wider audience. Isn’t that great?