Profile: Epic Fantasy, The Kingkiller Chronicle
The best way to check if a book is good is to start reading it right before you fall asleep. A really good book can hook you out of exhaustion and keep you going for hours, as I discovered when I started in on the last third of The Wise Man’s Fear at 12:30 one night and didn’t stop reading until I was finished at 4AM. I already sang Patrick Rothfuss’ praises in my review of The Name of the Wind during the third Cannonball Read, and I mentioned then that the sequel was already receiving critical acclaim. Now I can confirm that Rothfuss meets and exceeds all expectations.
The Wise Man’s Fear picks up where The Name of the Wind left us; reeling from a brutal attack on the inn run by retired adventurer, Kvothe. The narrative arc of the series continues as before, alternating between Kvothe telling his story to Chronicler and the brief asides in the present day. There’s more meat to the present day chapters this time around, partly to deal with the fallout of the attack, and partly because we’re moving into parts of Kvothe’s story that aren’t as well known to the general public, prompting questions from both Chronicler and Bast, Kvothe’s companion.