The Wise Man’s Fear is the second book in the KingKiller Chronicle, a trilogy, by Patrick Rothfuss. If you are familiar with the geek web comic Penny Arcade this book is where they pull the “sexomancy” strip from. (Careful – it is spoilery so read at your own risk.)
First things first. If you don’t like reading incomplete series/trilogies then don’t read this book. If you don’t have the patience to wait for the final book to come out to finish the story – don’t read this book. You will want to immediately try and locate the last book and be sorely disappointed to find it is not out yet.
Now, I knew going into reading the first book, The Name of the Wind, that this series was not complete. That didn’t stop me from devouring both books as soon as I could get my hands on them.
Just like the first book The Wise Man’s Fear follows a certain pattern. You learn more about Kvothe and what shaped him as a person. You see more of the world, learn more about the cultures. There is more depth. While Rothfuss will give you answers to questions that come up, inevitably he leaves you asking one more as you piece together Kvothe’s story with that of the current events. It is not for the faint of heart.
While excellently written, it is clear (at least to me) where there was major editing done. There are paragraphs that leave me feeling as if there were more to the summed up explanation, that the original manuscript had more to say. Some of the transitions seem truncated. Which is to say it does not surprise me in the least. Rothfuss did write the entirety of Kvothe’s story in one go from what I’ve read.
I am very much looking forward to the final book and the conclusion of the KingKiller Chronicle.