A Wise Man’s Fear – The Kingkiller Chronicles #2 – Patrick Rothfuss

This book was one thousand pages long and Kvothe, the main character, had a lot of adventures.

The story is being told by an older Kvothe to a story writer called Chronicler and to Bast, Kvothe’s apprentice. Kvothe owns an inn in a small town and he goes by Kote. I’m assuming he is in hiding or just wants to live a simple life now. His older self seems to be at odds with his younger self who worked hard at building up a reputation for himself of being someone who accomplished great feats similar to the storybook legend of Taborlin the Great, a magician who could break out of doorless and windowless prisons because he knew the names of everything like wind and stone and could command them to do his bidding. The mature Kvothe seems to be subdued and may even regret some of his past.

This book starts out with Kvothe at the University, learning magic or what they call sympathy. He struggles to find money to pay his tuition each term which has been made harder by a fellow student named Ambrose, a rich noble who hates Kvothe.

Kvothe is an amazing musician who plays the lute but he can’t find a patron because Ambrose has threatened or bribed everyone within a hundred miles not to take him on as a client. Ambrose is always causing trouble for Kvothe but Kvothe gives as good as he gets. Rvery term, each student has to go in front of the Masters who ask a few questions and set tuition based on those answers. The day of Kvothe’s interview, a woman came to the inn where Kvothe was staying. She asked if he knew Ambrose, brought him a drink and sat down with him. “To Ambrose Jakis,” she said with sudden fierceness. “May he fall into a well and die.” He smelled nutmeg and plum and then she started sobbing and left the inn.

She had drugged Kvothe but he didn’t realize it until a few people told him he was acting strange and being rude. The drug brings out the worst in people or takes away their inhibitions. It takes days to leave the system so the person can act fairly normal but could take weeks or even months to wear off. Luckily, Fela switched admission days with him so he didn’t totally ruin his chances at the University.

Ambrose also had him charged with malfeasance which brought heat on the University which made the Masters nervous which would have made his tuition for the next term too high to afford. Again, luck intervened. A noble found a possible patron for Kvothe in another country. His friend said Alveron Maer was just as important and almost as powerful as the king and he had written to him and told him he was in need of an educated person who was good with words and who could travel as soon as possible. Kvothe boarded a ship to Vintas.

From there, Kvothe goes on one long adventure.

I know there is one more book coming out but it has been six years since this one was published so who knows how long it will be until the next book is published.

The Name of the Wind – The Kingkiller Chronicles #1 – Patrick Rothfuss

My son introduced me to this series and I’m glad he did. It’s not what I’m used to reading,
although I have read some fantasy.
I don’t even know where to begin. There were so many parts to this story that it is hard to  explain. I’ll do my best.
The story is told by Kvothe who started out life as a traveling trouper along with his parents. He  meets a man who teaches him how to be an arcanist, someone who can manipulate the laws of  science and nature to do magic which they call sympathy.
Kvothe learns faster than others so he learned everything within a few months. His teacher, Abenthy, told him he should go to the University when he gets older and that’s what Kvothe dreamed of until tragedy struck and his life heads in another direction.
We know Kvothe makes it out alive because he’s the one telling the story. He is an innkeeper going by the name of Kote and he seems to be hiding from someone or something but his  personality seems to have done a one-eighty. He seems calm and under control which could have just been attributed to growing up but it seems like more than that. I think that was the worse run-on sentence ever.
This book is long and, at times, it lags for me, especially when the magical or scientific process is explained in excruciating detail. I’m good with “Abra Kadabra Boom” but others may need more.
My son says the second book was even better so I’m off to go read it.