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This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂
What I’m currently reading
After The Name of the Wind I had to read the sequel. I know I’m in for a wait for the final book in the trilogy, but this one I had to have now. If you’ve seen my review for The Name of the Wind, you’ll have seen me say that I wouldn’t have cared if it had a thousand pages. This one actually has a thousand pages (992, to be exact) and I don’t care. Usually long books like this intimidate me, but these are exceptions. I’m nearly a third through and I’m enjoying it a lot. I don’t know if I’ll manage to finish it in time for the next WWW post in two weeks, but I’ll try.
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, 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 uncovers 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, is 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…until Kvothe.
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.
What I recently finished reading
Before I start gushing again, let me refer you to the review I posted last week. If you don’t want to go through that, just know that I loved this a lot and it has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf.
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
What I think I’ll read next
I have no idea. The only thing I can say for sure is that I’ll actually make some progress on my bookshelf, since the next book in my current series isn’t out yet! (Woo, finally!!) There are a few books waiting on my shelf I’m looking forward to reading, so my next book will be one of the following:
That’s another two weeks away though, so there’s no point in choosing now 🙂
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!