Author : Patrick Rothfuss ISBN : 0575117931 Publisher : Orion

There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.

Patrick Rothfuss is out with Day Two of the Kingkiller Chronicles, a sequel to his debut novel The Name of the Wind, a work of fantasy/fiction that did acquire a cult following. The Wise Man's Fear resumes the narration of the story of the main character, Kvothe the Bloodless, the orphan actor turned savior who casts himself out to Newarre. Kvothe, here goes by the name of Kote, a shade of his own pre-present self bearing a cloaked poise, a low profile innkeeper in a small province . And he's on a quest, seeking clarity in the midst of a foggy situation, gradually progressing towards unraveling the mysteries of the Chandrian, Amyr, and the truth about his parents' death.

Evil is foreseen to be descending down to the plateau, with Kvothe at ground zero. War closes in, and the fearsome warrior who is set to learn a traditional combat technique called "Ketan" is found succumbing to the mirroring doubts about whether he is responsible for the triggering of this skirmish. Following a series of tortuous incidents, Kvothe sets off to the Fae realm, attempting to regain the lost honor of his family. There, he encounters his first test, an enchanting woman of a lotus land whom no man can resist, and who has claimed the souls of all those who stood up to her, Felurian.

Here's another fiction that covers the story of a legendary savior of his own time. A fantasy. No, yet another fantasy. No, just another cult-inspiring fantasy. Patrick is indeed a good writer. The Name of the Wind was in fact quite entertaining, but not this one, no. What happened here? Well, descriptions of incidents often go way too far beyond elaboration. Reading the first hundred pages of the book is a journey of hundred yawns, as the eyes process a chunk of words that could certainly have been avoided.

However, Kvothe, does seem to be an engrossing character. Patrick lays down his lucid imagination in the form of chapters that are almost pottered to perfection. There are also a couple black holes in the story, such as this one - Kvothe crafts a sophisticated device to protect him from crossbow bolts and arrows. This scene which appears pretty early in the book, is too elaborated to even be termed as elaboration. Patrick explains the functioning of this device, including the minutest details. And that's the end of it's significance in the story.

And then there's another part where an arcanist tries to assassinate a masterful noble, but the plan is hindered and fails, and then he disappears until the later parts of the book, where the character himself is said to have been murdered by someone else. What's weird about this part? Well, throughout the book, we never find out the reason behind this attempt to murder. Hopefully, there's a reason behind these loopholes that the author might reveal in the third book of the sequel. No judgments till then.

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