“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
I hadn't planned to read The Wise Man's Fear so soon after finishing The Name of the Wind but I just couldn't help myself! When I usually read a series I try to spread the books out a little bit so I can prolong the experience but when I tried to read a different book after The Name of the Wind I just couldn't get into it because all I could think about were the characters from that book. I believe this is what they call a book hangover :D
I have to say that I didn't love The Wise Man's Fear as as much as I loved The Name of the Wind. I liked Kvothe's love-interest Denna a little bit more in this book but I'm still not really a fan of her character and I have a very hard time understanding how Kvothe can be so obsessed with her when there are other much more likeable and interesting females in this series like Fela, Devi and Auri. But the main reason for my not liking this book as much as The Name of the Wind is because Kvothe's time with the
The good things about this book far outweigh the bad though and overall I still really enjoyed The Wise Man's Fear. Patrick Rothfuss's writing continues to be beautiful and poetic and the majority of Kvothe's adventures were huge fun to read about. I absolutely loved the parts at the University, Kvothe's time with Maer Alveron, and Kvothe's scenes with the mercenaries in the Eld. I wasn't expecting to enjoy Kvothe's time with Felurian because of some of the reviews that I'd read but to my surprise I really liked that section of the book as well. Kvothe's scene with the Cthaeh is awesome and I loved how creepy and mysterious the Fae realm was. I thought it was clever of Rothfuss to have Felurian speak in verse and I very much appreciated that the scenes between Kvothe and Felurian were tastefully-written and not graphic. The characters are developed even further in this book as well. I love so many of the characters in this series but my favourite character in this series (besides Kvothe) is definitely Elodin. He gets so many great moments in The Wise Man's Fear. He's a brilliant character who deserves his very own book.
I can't WAIT to read The Doors of Stone!
Rating: overall a very strong 4/5