I’ve allocated every minute of my reading over the past three weeks to The Wise Man’s Fear. I know its been three weeks because the library only allows you to borrow ebooks for 21 days before they’re returned, and today is the day its leaving my Kindle.
I don’t want to give any final judgment on the book, but as of today I have been very happy with it. Book one, The Name of the Wind, was Outstanding! This one is also very good, adding depth and back-story to many of the characters introduced in the first book while introducing several new, diverse characters. That character development, along with learning more about the rules of ‘magic,’ have easily been the best parts. The time Kvothe spends at the University had me staying up late, falling asleep with my Kindle on my chest.
My only struggle with it has been the question – where is this going? I had thought it would again follow the timeline of the University, with conflict and diversity intertwined. I’m now 600+ pages into it and there really isn’t any main conflict, although many of the small conflicts had me completely absorbed. The book has taken an interesting turn into political intrigue, which I have to admit has been a good twist, but beyond that I don’t know…
Since I’m someone who struggles to commit to a book for more than a couple of weeks, I’m going to add a chapter or two from Close to Shore in between longer stints with The Wise Man’s Fears. We’ll see which I finish first.