The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear

By Patrick Rothfuss

  • Release Date: 2011-03-01
  • Genre: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7,731 Ratings)


Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea
"The characters are real and the magic is true.”
Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn


  • The Name of the Wind

    By cpstrich
    Made me think “Medieval Harry Potter” I won’t be picking up book 2 - although the character of Bast is intriguing. Is he the “Neville Longbottom” parallel here?
  • Best book ever

    By Orestos
    Undoubtedly the best book ever!
  • Wait... if he ever finishes the series, then I would recommend

    By Too Late Marlene
    Can’t stand knowing we may never get a conclusion to this series...
  • A great epic fantasy continues

    By JohnMurz
    This tale and the telling of it are remarkable. Rothfuss is a phenomenal writer. The book is fun and compelling, contains intricate storytelling, gripping plot, and a sense of humor. As in Book 1, Kvothe relates his past to a scribe. A good portion of Book 2 takes place outside the University, which gives you a view of the rest of the world, even though I mostly enjoyed the parts of the story when he was at the school. Like any good fantasy, not everything goes the way you expect, and there are plenty of hints dropped about what might come. I look forward to the next book in the series. If you love fantasy, you will love this series. Now to the not-so-good stuff. While I adored The Name of the Wind, this book didn’t live up to the first. The plot was interesting, and the characters well-developed with excellent writing… everything you want in a good story. But nothing of major importance happened in Book 2. The story seemed to drift aimlessly in many places, and I became frustrated with the love relationship between Kvothe and Denna. The time Kvothe spent with the fae Felurian seemed to go on forever. And we learn little more about the Chandrian than we learned in the first book. Overall, A Wise Man’s Fear was better than most fantasy books I’ve read. Read it. I’m sure you will agree.
  • One of the greats

    By Tnick18
    Worth every second of stress, anxiety, and breath holding. The wait for the final book feels like forever, but I’ll be waiting in silence.
  • Favorite Book of All Time

    By Max Ludden GME
    Yeah, it’s awesome.
  • Great book but don’t invest

    By Melody of Words
    I truly enjoyed reading this book and the first. I got quite caught up in the subtle developments of the characters . I have, however, given up on the final book being published. I came across this in the epic fantasy list and thought, they are looking for rubes. I believe that ,like Martin, this will never be finished. He is a better writer than Martin whose claim to fame seems to be in the shock value of the outcome, but seems to be following in his incomplete epic footsteps.
  • The Wise Mans Fear

    By !dcb?
    Moves too slow. I got tired of his preoccupation with Denna!
  • Lost in this legend

    By cool_Link
    This book was absolutely amazing. I loved every chapter of it. It was poetic in its prose and kept my attention throughout all the legends of Kvothe. His romance for Denna might be my favorite to read but it is all very enjoyable. I cannot wait to read more about his loves and adventures.
  • Wow I got bored

    By jch5150
    Half way through, the story went weird in book two and I got really bored. I loved the first book but Wise Mans Fear took some strange turns, I personally didn’t get it.