Patrick Rothfuss – The Wise Man’s Fear Audiobook
This review concerns the two volumes of The Wise Man’s Fear Audiobook, which form only one in the original version.
Moreover, even if I understand the reason for this cutting by the publisher (a 1200 page novel, it is not necessarily very sales), I hate this process which for me completely ruins the books which are victims of it. If you don’t know that you only read half volumes, I find the books seem strange and unbalanced, which is a real shame, especially when you are faced with such a fascinating novel.
Anyway, after this little parenthesis, let’s go to criticism!
The story picks up where it left off, with Kvothe still at the University. If this first part may seem quite repetitive (exams, money problems …), the circumstances will lead our hero to move away from his life, all in all comfortable enough to rub shoulders with other experiences that will help to create his legend.
Like the previous one, this book is a journey. We let ourselves be carried away by Kvothe’s peregrinations, by his small and large adventures which rarely have the epic dimension to which fantasy books have accustomed us. The common thread of the Chandrians’ quest is tenuous, and although it is often a common thread in Kvothe’s life, it is not the center of the story. the center of the story is Kvothe, and how a human being has become a myth. Somehow, this is the true story behind the fantasy novel.
I found that the narration, already amazing and compelling in the first volume, took on another dimension in this one, as if the author had gained in confidence. Thus, he plays a lot more with the fact that it is a story told by Kvothe, choosing to silence him events that arouse our curiosity, but which our narrator does not deem really worthy of interest. Besides, it’s very funny to see Bast and Columnist reflect the reader’s frustration at such times.
In addition, the author’s pen and fertile imagination once again do wonders to offer us a universe that is both believable and incredible. the people of the Adems and their incredibly sophisticated language is therefore a real success. What could have made the dialogue considerably heavy becomes very fluid and natural, and when Kvothe leaves the Adems, the conversations seemed strange to me for a few pages.
Obviously, the still poetic and elaborate writing continues to add to the charm of this saga, and seeing Kvothe playing music or looking for the name of the wind is truly magical.
In short, I’m going to stop there so as not to risk the spoiler, and content myself with giving you 100% advice on this book and this saga. With these two volumes, Patrick Rothfuss – The Wise Man’s Fear Audiobook succeeded for me without fail. It’s been a long time since I had such a crush on a fantasy saga, and I’m impatiently awaiting the last volume (next year normally), even if I already dread the emptiness at the idea of turn the last page of this incredible series.