Publisher: DAW Books
Publication Date: March 1st 2011
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
Rothfuss has written few books for someone who has essentially mastered a genre. Kvothe continues telling his story picking up just where he left off. We see more of his time in the university as well as a delve into faerie land and an adventure to the far corners of the globe. Slowly Kvothe starts shaping more into the legend we’ve been told he is.
In the second instalment, Rothfuss takes the reader further afield. We get to see the different cultures of the world and it’s extremely well done. Languages are explored and not all of them are entirely verbal and written. Different areas have different speech, morals and legends. Even in his first book, it was incredibly clear what a skilled world builder Rothfuss is. That he understands how to create several real and different cultures and not just the same culture but this time in a desert.
More characters are introduced, each as complex and rich as readers have come to expect. Old characters continue to develop and none more than Kvothe. It’s, at the moment, shocking to think that Kvothe will become Kote but in this book, we finally at least see how his legend truly began.
This book does have a bit of a slower build. There are still thrilling fights, and nothing Rothfuss writes is boring, but Kvothe’s daily life has settled down quite a bit. The final book is going to have a lot of loose ends to tie up, as the second book only gives us more questions than the first.
I cannot, and don’t believe I will ever be able to, articulate why I love this book properly. The fact is simply this: Rothfuss writes in a way that keeps me reading. I cannot put his book down. Kvothe could decide to spend the rest of his days watching grass grow and I would read it with great joy. No matter how much or how little happens in a hundred pages it feels like an adventure when Rothfuss writes it. I need to know what happens next. I need to keep reading these books.
I have read a lot of fantasy, but never anything as beautifully crafted as the Kingkiller Chronicles. It physically pains me that there is no release date for the third instalment, but greatness takes time.