“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles: Day Two
“I’d heard he had started a fistfight in one of the seedier local taverns because someone had insisted on saying the word “utilize” instead of “use.”
This is Patrick Rothfuss second book and it is brilliant. I’m not alone in this view, the book was a instant hit topping the New York Times list, garnering brilliant reviews at every turn. George R. R. Martin is quoted as saying ,”The Wise Man’s Fear was worth the wait. I gulped it down in a day, staying up almost to dawn reading, and I am already itching for the next one. He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”.
“Death was like an unpleasant neighbor. You didn’t talk about him for fear he might hear you and decide to pay a visit.”
Kvothe, the eponymous king killer, became the most notorious living being only to give up his life of adventure and become a innkeeper in a backwater town. He was sought after by Chronicler who convinces Kvothe to tell him his life story. Kvothe declared that this would take three days; this is the book of the second day.
It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.
Continuing from the events of the previous book Kvothe decides to take a break from university life and to take up his search to uncover the truth of the Amyr and the Chandrian, the ones who killed his parents . Of course things are rarely as simple as they are planned to be. Kvothe begins his journey to become a living legend and fufil the requirements of the boast with which he introduced himself -
“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.”
This book has everything. It is seamless, mesmerizing book with wonderful prose – brilliant wit – stunning action and beautiful descriptions. It is incredibly enjoyable to read. To put it simply this and A Song of Ice and Fire are my two contenders for being the best on-going fantasy series. If you like the genre at all this is the book to read.
It was only then I realized I didn’t know the name of Elodin’s class. I leafed through the ledger until I spotted Elodin’s name, then ran my finger back to where the title of the class was listed in fresh dark ink: “Introduction to Not Being a Stupid Jackass.”
I sighed and penned my name in the single blank space beneath.