BR: The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

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Title: The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles, #2)

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: Adult High Fantasy

Published: 2011

Pages: 1000

My Rating: 5/5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

In The Wise Man’s Fear, 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 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.Now, 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.


Hello Everyone,

Welcome to my review of the second book in Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series. The Kingkiller Chronicles are an amazing trilogy, and everyone who loves either memoirs or adult fantasy should read it. To know more about my thoughts and feelings, keep reading!

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  • Plot: Mr. Rothfuss is a master at creating intricate plots. Every word that is spoken and every action that is accomplished servers to the overall story, which is sign of a greatly developed novel. This second novel was definitely more focused on Kvothe’s story rather than the present story line. However, this means that the third and final book will have to resolve a lot of cliffhangers.
  • Characters: The characters are one of the strongest features of the novel. Kvothe, Denna, and all the others are very well developed, flawed and human. They definitely do feel real, and you love and hate them equally. There are so many sides to these character, and it is just a pleasure to read about them.
  • Writing: This is another strong element of the book. The writing style molds and adapts according to the scene described, which is amazing. It is lyrical, harsh and emotional, overall exquisite.

There is not much else I can say about this book without spoiling something – so much happens! Please let me know if you have read it and what you thought of it! If you have not read The Name of the Wind yet, do so, and you will not regret it!

Until next time,

Lucrezia

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There is so much that was unsaid in this book. I want to know more about Denna’s past, and obviously I hate that her patron beats her – I really want to find out who that is. Also, I kind of ship Kvothe and Devi.

I had heard a lot of critiques about the treatment of sex in the novel, but honestly I did not find anything particularly problematic about it. Kvothe is young, and I would dare anyone to not sleep with a creature like Felurian! Also, when the two village girls are raped Kvothe is the first who is not patronizing and sees them as human beings, therefore I do not think he is sexist at all. He is just full of hormones, and we all have been, there is nothing wrong with it.

One of the characters that left me wondering was the Maer. I don’t know if he will come up again, but he has an eerie aura about him. I did not like him, he was not appreciative and a smug. One thing I loved though, was the overall discussion of the Edema Ruh. There are so many relevant themes in the portrayal of the troupe, including contemporary prejudice against gypsies, which is think should be addressed more often.

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BR: Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

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Title: Warbreaker

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Adult High Fantasy

Published: 2012

Pages: 652

My Rating: 5/5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.


Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my review of Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, a High Fantasy novel dealing with politics, religion, and self-discovery. After reading the Mistborn Trilogy by Sanderson I knew that I wanted to get my hands on all of his adult books, so I decided to pick this one up and I was not disappointed. So, without further ado, let’s get into my review!

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  • Plot: Sanderson is a master at plot development and world-building, and even though this book was a standalone, the author managed to create a complex world with a thoroughly thought-out plot. The plot twist at the end is not expected, and even though certain clues are dropped here and there, the reader will not be able to figure out exactly what is going on until the very end.
  • Characters: The characters are well developed as well. Because the entirety of this book takes place within a city, there is the space to develop the psychological and interior endeavors of the two sisters as well as the God King and the lesser god, Lightsong.
  • Writing: The writing is beautiful and evocative, as always. Sanderson has a way with writing that renders the characters very realistic without truly describing them: he manages to create real people through actions and dialogue, which I think is really hard and highly admirable.

These are all my spoiler free thoughts on Warbreaker. Please let me know if you have read it and what you thought of it! What is your favorite Sanderson book?

Until next time,

Keky

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Where to begin? As always with Sanderson there is a plot twist at the end that completely tips the scales over. I loved learning about the politics and religion of this world, and I know it was maybe the most predictable part of the novel, but when I learned that Susebron did not have a tongue and was controlled by the priests I freaked out. After that I loved him so much he soon became one of my favorite characters. The fact that the high priests were not the bad guys was  also kind of a surprise, even though I suspected that after the conversation that happened in the garden.

I was really disappointed when the mercenaries betrayed the princes, I really was rooting for them. Especially when they brutally killed her friend, I thought to myself how stereotypes are perpetrated. I was so so sad. Overall, great read!

April Wrap-Up

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my April Wrap-Up. April was a good reading month for me, considering the fact that I was out of town for Easter and I also was extremely busy with school work! I read a total of seven books, one of them being a huge monster of a book. Without further ado, here are the books I read this month!

  • 61ug-qlo6NL._SY346_The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. This neo-slave narrative recounts the story of Cora as she flees her plantation in Georgia. This book has many trigger warnings, so be mindful when you read it. This story is bleak, violent and harsh, but I think it is so important for everyone to read it. I gave it 4/5 stars.
  • The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory. This I had to read for my Critical Theory class, and it was a good introduction to different theories. I thought that the Feminism chapter should have gone more in depth, but overall it was clear and concise. I gave it 4/5 stars.
  • Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson. 13343734Warbreaker is an adult High Fantasy novel following two sisters, one of whom has been sent away to marry a mysterious God King. Set in one of Sanderson’s fantastic world and including one of his amazing magic systems, Warbreaker is definitely a must read. It is also a standalone, which is great! I gave it 5/5 stars.
  • Cracking India, by Bapsi Sidwha. This novel about the Partition is a buildungsroman that talks about the atrocities that result from ideological hatred. It follows a young girl affected by polio living in Lahore, and her struggle to deal with violence and religious prejudice. I gave it 3/5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling. There is no need to explain the details, I have read this series countless times. I am listening to all of them on audiobook and alas, I am on the last one now. Obviously 5/5 stars, event though I really do dislike Ron.
  • The Lazarus Project, by Aleksandar Hemon. This book is hard to place for me. I appreciated the overall story and the deconstruction of metaphysical concepts, but sometimes it was dragging. I felt like this could have easily been a short story or a 25020c03e81e5472d5ea9924bc959a40novella and it would have worked equally fine. Overall, I gave it 3/5 stars.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss. And now, to the huge book I read the last two weeks of April, and to Mr. Rothfuss, without whom the world would be a bleaker place. This second installment in the Kingkiller Chronicles did not disappoint. I am just amazed at how many facets Kvothe has, and I cannot wait for the third and last book to come out. 5/5 stars.

 

These are all the books that I have read this month. Please let me know if you have read any of these and if you liked them!

Until next time,

Keky