Book – The Wise Man’s Fear: A-

The first half of Rothfuss’ second book felt long and full of Denna, the love interest character I’ve come to loathe beyond reasonable explanation. It was more of the same until the protagonist finally changed settings. Then it was great. Magical assassination plots. Brutal bandit battles. Fey world shenanigans. Martial arts training with linguistically awesome ninjas. But throughout it has the same problems from The Name of the Wind, namely it lingers when it should move on and rushes when I want more detail. Though again, as it’s studying the idea of how stories work, these faults get a sort of get-out-of-jail-free-card stylistically. But that doesn’t help make them not annoying.


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