Next year’s most anticipated novel has been finished. Patrick Rothfuss reportedly turned in the final draft of The Wise Man’s Fear last week.
The Wise Man’s Fear is the sequel to Rothfuss’ acclaimed debut novel The Name of the Wind. Writing and editing this book has taken much longer than initially expected. The release date had to be moved up several times because of this. However, the novel will finally be published on March 1st of 2011.
Both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear are part of the Kingkiller Chronicle, a trilogy spanning three days, one day for each books, in which hero Kvothe tells his life story to a man named Chronicler. Check out Manon’s review of The Name of the Wind, which has received no less than five stars.
Of course, there is a blurb for The Wise Man’s Fear. Be warned, though, as it is fairly spoilery:
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
An escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe discovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s road.
All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived. Under her tutelage, Kvothe learns much about true magic and the ways of women.
In The Wise Man’s Fear 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.
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