27th October – 16th November 2013
I needed a long book for this year’s vacation in Nepal. This one has 395.000 words in approximately 1.100 pages, that is about as much as The Lord of the Rings (525.500 words). I felt protected against my fear of running out of reading material while being out in the wilderness.
During the flight I got to page 80, and at the end of the trek in Kathmandu I was around 700. I almost finished the remaining pages on the flight back. I still got the fears mid-ways. Thank god it was often too cold to read.
With that out of the way – “The Wise man’s fear” picks up where “The name of the wind” left off. Kvothe, the main character of the book recalls his life to Chronicler in a small inn out in nowhere.
This book is the second day of story telling. Herein Kvothe speaks about his further years at the university. This part is similar to “The name of the wind”. Kvothe constantly struggles with having no money, being very bright (too bright for many of his professors), playing his lute as healing therapy and pursuing his love Denna.
After about one third, in the second and major part of the story he sets of on a several month sabbatical. Kovthe takes a job with the Maer, a rich and powerful nobleman in a distant city. He very quickly gets involved in court intrigues. Still, the storyline is similar to his life at university, only in a different setting. It is good to read, but maybe too lengthy.
The story builds up to Kvothe desperately trying to find out more about the men who killed his parents. It seems, all records were removed from any library. Then, he stumbles onto new information by accident. While hunting down bandits, he discovers that their leader, who escapes, is one of them.
At this point, Kvothe has to pay a debt to Tempi. He is from the people of Adem and one of his comrades. Together they travel north to Stormwal to redeem Tempi from teaching Kvothe about the Lethanie, the secret ideology of his people. In Stormwal Kvothe studies the way of Lethanie, and here he learns how to fight and how to call the name of the wind.
Returning, he has to leave the Maer and finally returns to the university.
Patrick Rothfuss has some novel ideas in this book. I especially liked the Adem language and Kvothe’s development at the university. The book is lengthy, but a page turner. Ideal for such a long journey.