11 Must Reads of 2011, Part Three: The Wise Man’s Fear

17 Dec

The Wise Man's Fear
The Wise Man’s Fear

Delayed for something insane like TWO YEARS, Patrick Rothfuss’ second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles series has been anxiously awaited by fantasy fans everywhere. It’s a classic coming of age story, but unlike anything to come before it. It’s at once thrilling, heartbreaking, terrifying, and epic in its scope. Hands down one of the best books I have ever read (I’m serious!) The Name of the Wind was featured on many “best of” lists back when it was first released in 2007.

“The story revolves around Kvothe, an enigmatic red-haired innkeeper who, as he shares his incredible life story with a renowned scribe, turns out to be much more than he appears. Born into a family of nomadic court performers, Kvothe’s unconventional education was broadened by spending time with fellow travelers like Abenthy, an elderly arcanist whose knowledge included, among other things, knowing the name of the wind. After his parents are brutally murdered by mythical beings known as the Chandrian, Kvothe vows to learn more about the godlike group, and after suffering through years of homelessness, he finally gets his chance when he is admitted into the prestigious University. But the pursuit of arcane knowledge brings with it unforeseen dangers, as the young student quickly learns.” Description Via Goodreads.

If The Name of the Wind has somehow escaped your attention, do yourself a favor and buy it now. I feel like nothing I could ever say will do this book justice. I have a feeling years from now, Patrick Rothfuss will be regarded with the same wonder and respect as J. R. R. Tolkien. I tell everyone who ever asks me for book recommendations to read The Name of The Wind. And word is, Wise Man’s Fear is even better.

TOR posted a spoiler free review today. Saying, in part: “It’s all light and easy to read and easy to absorb and be absorbed by. There are books that leave you feeling wrung out, and there are books that leave you feeling like you’ve had a vacation. This is definitely the latter kind.”

I didn’t think it was humanly possible for me to anticipate this book any more than I already do.

I was wrong.

Wise Man’s Fear will be released by DAW on March 1, 2011.

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