The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

  • Publication Date: 2011-03-01
  • Category: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 6,505 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


  • Not worth reading

    By Flubbenstachert
    Waited the whole book for the payoff of grinding through long winded scenes that really went nowhere.
  • Get it

    By Ashleyaleczandra
    Read it now
  • An original page turner

    By Solitude please
    After reading Name of The Wind, I purchased this book to continue the series. I enjoyed this book nearly as much as the first. There is a different, interesting system of magic outlined in the series which was fun to read. This is one of the few books where I’ve taken the time to actually highlight select phrases in the text because the writing was so powerful! The books are well worth the cost I’d say, lots of entertainment (3000+ pages on my phone) for 9$
  • Amazing Read

    By Riva Ironheart
    Best fantasy sequel ever written
  • Waste of your time

    By Eyescratcher
    10 years next book.
  • Slow and drawn out

    By Synthetic Rapture
    To much time spent on, what I felt, were unimportant components that didn’t drive the plot. Then when something exciting took place it was wrapped up quickly and on to the next boring episode of whining about the girl. Not bad, but definitely not good.
  • Excellent!!!

    Beyond my expectations. It has some unnecessary details and really long descriptions. Overall, it is a super interesting book.
  • Great Prose but story falls off a bit from the first book.

    By Scrub Kai
    While the prose is just as wonderful as the Name of the Wind, the story is not quite as interesting. This is still a highly recommended book to read, but not quite the amazing achievement that his prior book was.
  • Libris Interuptus

    By Other sci-fi guy
    This book, like the first, is a masterful bit of story telling but the reader should be aware that there is no ending. It's as if Lord of the Rings stopped with the second book. Apparently these books have been so successful that the author can live off of royalties and book tours and has lost interest in Kvothe and the Chandrian. After ten years, I have given up hope of a sequel. In that time the author has written another book, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, but it is not a continuation of the original story. I still am in awe of his writing but sad that there is so little of it.
  • Excellent

    By mm92585
    Day 2!! What an amazing continuation to the story. Patrick Rothfus certainly knows the way of things. All things. I'm pretty sure everyone who read Name of the Wind already knows how great this book will be so, I'm done here. I'm on to Auri's story while I patiently wait for Door of Stone.