|The Wise Mans Fearis the second book of
the series The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two. I found this book very easy to read
despite not reading the preceding novel. The reader goes on a magical journey with the
main character Kvothe who is in disguise as a non-descript tavern owner and then he
relates his life story to a passing scribe.
The story starts at a slow pace in the
university which Kvothe attends and this takes up the first half of the story. The reader
is able to follow quite easy as each new person is introduced to the story line. I felt
the story was a little slow getting to the main plot where Kvothe leaves the university
and travels the countryside. Quite a bit of the story is at the university where Kvothe is
not the most popular person and has to work hard to even have a place there. He does have
outstanding magical abilities but these are unrealised so he comes across as an average
person. His parentage and love of music influences the story and his reaction to different
As Kvothe travels around the countryside he uses his unrealised magical abilities to
bamboozle not only himself but his opponents. He meets a fairy-tale creature who is
similar to an ancient mariners siren, which lures men to their death. She introduces
and teaches him many forms of lovemaking and fortunately for Kvothe he is able to resist
her charms and makes a deal so he can escape. Adding another myth to his magical abilities
under his cap of achievements because his companions thought he would surely be dead after
being lured by Felurian.
Kvothe travels to the land of Ademre where he becomes a student in the art of
self-defence and swordsmanship. He is a barbarian in this land of discreetness and quiet.
Most of the language is conveyed by hand signals. Kvothe expertly plays the lute but music
is a loud outward show of emotion that Ademre do not use so Kvothe has to hide his love of
The story ends quite abruptly and which seems quite peculiar seeing as so much detail
was introduced in the beginning and throughout the story. I enjoyed this fantasy and
eagerly await the next novel.