The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss


This extraordinary novel, of 900+ pages, is a sequel, but really it is a direct continuation of the first novel, Rothfuss’ debut. And the sophomore effort is even more exceptional. Told almost entirely in flashback, Kvothe (rhymes with “quoth”) continues his university days, but his perspective expands, as he discovers the Fae for the first time, and as he spends immersive time in other parts of the world. This is the kind of book you don’t just read, but fall into, as if in a dream, because the characters are so very real and returning to this book feels like a homecoming among old friends. There are glimmers of darkness from the road ahead for Kvothe, and for us as his readers, but I can’t wait to follow this story to its conclusion.


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