Reprint: 9 May 2013 at 2:41 am
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Rothfuss is incredible. He is a rare good author in a period
dedicated to shlock, yet seemingly genuinely self deprecating and
humble about his work. "A Wise Man's Fear" is a sophomore novel and you
might expect certain predictably disappointing shortfalls in such.
From the terse yet poignantly humorous dedications to the bookend
afterward, you should be pleasingly surprised. The secondary story,
told in intercallary vignettes is easily as compelling as the greater
epic told in Kwothe's colorful narratives.
Rothfuss apologizes for the time taken to write this second volume
in what promises to be as rich and grand as Jordan and as literary as
Steinbeck. But he needn't have. The time taken shows in the quality of
the writing and the obvious measures taken to overcome the Sophomore
Slump. One can only hope that Rothfuss has produced a "schema" such that
others may follow his example. In writing he has proven to be as
painstakingly efficient and creative as any Artificer in the "Fishery".
"The Wise Man's Fear is a solid continuation of "The Name of the
My only real complaint was, where the name of the wind was very
nearly a character in the book of that name, a wise man's fear is part
of a thread that is nearly tangential, and only mentioned once. Though I
suspect a good deal of the unresolved bits in this book relate to it
and are really foreshadowing, he doesn't connect them to the fear in any
direct way. That doesn't detract from the substance of the book in any
way, but it stood out as an oversight because of the precision with
which "A Wise Man's Fear" is constructed.
It's a good read, go ye forth and act accordingly.