So, how does one attempt to review a book by Patrick Rothfuss without a) revealing too much for those who haven’t read or b) doing a doctoral thesis on all that he covers in the book. I’m going to give it a shot, but be warned, some minor spoilers will occur as I discuss it. The Wise Man’s Fear picks up where The Name of The Wind left off, with Kvothe still in college. Rothfuss decides that a change of scenery is in order and Kvothe soon finds himself enmeshed in court intrique, and then tasked with solving a problem for his prospective patron/feudal lord. As much as I love the lovingly detailed university setting, the change in locales allows for Kvothe to be put in situations where he is out of his depth, even if he is unaware of this. It also allows him to grow into a more mature person, and after the arc from his task is accomplished, we get to see another part of the world, as he accompanies one of his companions home, learning about a culture that has only previously been mentioned, and even then as myths, rumors and muttered half truths.
Knowing that Pat plans the Kingkiller Chronicles to be a trilogy (side stories/novellas like The Slow Regard of Silent Things notwithstanding), I realized at the end of Wise Man’s Fear what a daunting task he has ahead of him with book three. People are continually bombarding him with requests to get out the next book, but there are several huge story arcs he has to develop, several others he needs to resolve, and tie them all together into a satisfactory resolution. I think book three is going to either be 1300 pages, or be split into two parts, either of which works for me, because I’ve so enjoyed both parts (and plan to read The Slow Regard of Silent Things when I have a chance), and hope that when book three does land on the shelfs, Pat continues to regale us with tales from the Kingkiller universe. He has dropped so many hints at past events and other parts of the world that he could easily write another trilogy (which most mortals would count as 3-4 trilogies).
Overall verdict: Loved it!