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February 2013 Book Club Selection: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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We enjoyed reading and talking about the first Patrick Rothfuss book in January, The Name of the Wind, weighing in at a hefty 250,000 words. So we decided to continue on and read the second book, The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two. Like the first book, the second book is lengthy so if you're a poky reader like me just breathe deep and peck away at it. You have reason for that sharp intake of breathe. This second book is 395,000 words! The publisher, DAW, is really long-book friendly.

Told in our central character's own voice, this is the continuing tale of a magically gifted young man, Kvothe, who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The first book told us a lot and was an intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, then his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city after his parents' deaths, and his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter and study in a legendary school of magic.

The second book tells of his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king. Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, he is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived...until Kvothe.

Book reviews tell us Rothfuss vividly describes the rapidly escalating feud with Ambrose and shockingly brutal events that mark his transformation into a true warrior. Apparently Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time. Whoo-hooo! Let's dig in!