Reviewed by Miranda Boyer
There are a lot of things that I could say about The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Not all of which are harrowing reports. (Take that Pat!) If you’ve not read this book or heard of the series let me stop you for a moment and direct you towards The Name of the Wind the first in this mountain of a trilogy. Start there, it is well worth your time.
As you’ve heard in the past, I decided to read this series after meeting Pat at ECCC this past year. He’s by far the most even grounded writer I’ve ever met. Nice guy with good advice and more than willing to chat about books, agents, and the whole publishing world. I was very thankful. On the second night of con I went to buy some books authored by various attendees. Admittedly more than a few I’d not heard of. But what better opportunity to find new and wonderful favorites?! When I held a copies of The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear I was stopped multiple times by various patrons professing their love for the book. I knew right then I had to read them.
Fast forward a few months and I’ve just finished with the second book in the King Killer Chronicles. I’m feeling all sorts of emotions right now. First, that sort of elated euphoria from finishing a book, the kind that comes from a truly magnificent tale. I’m feeling irritation from the way the book ended, god forbid you leave us on a happy note Pat like we’re almost lead to believe. And frustration at the fact that book three doesn’t even have a publication date yet!
All that aside, this was without question a brilliant follow up to the first book. I’ve taken some time away from my second novel, a dark fairytale, and thumbed some pages in the follow up to my first novel. There is an art to continuing a story, to keeping the heart of the first in tact. I tip my hat to Pat for he is a master story teller in every respect
I fee like I don’t need to tell you the details of this story. You’ve either read it, or are going to and in either case you don’t actually want to know. You already do, or you’d like to be surprised as I was. All I’ll say is that there is more of each of our favorites and many more. I did find this fun comic online and I thought I’d share it. I don’t know who the author is, but it does seem to be tagged in the corner. Without a doubt, this is not a book you want to remain in the dark about. Get on it before the rest of the commonwealth does.