I recently finished, for the second time, Patrick Rothfuss’ newest book, The Wise Man’s Fear. This is Book Two of his Kingkiller Chronicles, in which magic adept Kvothe (rhymes with ‘quoth’) makes his way with wit, skill, and a little bit of luck.
I was thoroughly impressed with the first book, The Name of the Wind, recommending it to fantasy readers at my store. I describe it as Harry Potter with a darker, more interesting main character. I have no compunctions to recommend Book One to young and old.
Book Two, however, goes into a different direction, involving more sex than some parents might feel comfortable for their younger readers. The story is also more episodic, which might frustrate some readers used to the more linear narrative of the first novel. But for those okay with all things Kvothe, this book is significantly longer, and explores more of his storied past.
I’m a fan, that’s for sure, and I eagerly await Book Three.