The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)
is the second book of the fantasy trilogy started by Patrick Rothfuss with The Name of the Wind.
The book starts by continuing the grownup-Harry-Potter sensation of the first novel, and devolves into Travel to Faraway Lands, Time in the Fairy Realm and a couple of angst-filled sexually-charged coming-of-age existential encounters. The whole of the story after the Harry Potter stint feels like it was just bolted together in near anecdotal fashion, without any focus or point to it all, beyond providing some background history.
Rothfuss lost momentum and coherence in this book, but I remain curious about how he’s going to tie things up. The series is still extremely linear and plodding with only a veneer of a frame around the main story, it will be curious to see how that’s dealt with in the end, but it’s going to take a lot of effort in the third novel to return the trilogy as a whole to the quality of the first book. 6/10.