It is Wednesday once again, and I’ve posted another review on EN World News. This time, I thought I’d take a bit of a break from all the fantasy gaming material, and offer up a review of a fantasy novel instead. Based upon my own experiences, I think that for us fantasy role-players, reading good fantasy literature is just grist-for-the-mill when creating a solid fantasy character if you’re a player, or to get ideas for creating a more compelling and rich fantasy world setting if you’re a Dungeon Master.
Last year, I reviewed The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which was a truly ground-breaking piece of new fantasy fiction. Now the second book of The Kingkiller Chronicles is out, and The Wise Man’s Fear continues the story of the young arcanist Kvothe and the tales of his misspent youth.
For complete details about the review of the novel, please click the link below and head over to EN World for a complete read:
I liked the book, I really did, but it also annoyed me on several levels as well. Rothfuss is really a brilliant writer, and his fantasy world is rich and remarkably detailed, full of history, folklore, songs, and legends from a dark and more dangerous ancient time. But the very nature of our hero, Kvothe, makes it very difficult to like him, and I find myself cheering him and frustrated at him from one chapter to the next – sometimes from one page to the next.
Still, it’s a remarkable series so far, and I’ll be hoping that the third book brings a close to so many of the mysteries and plots that Rothfuss has woven into The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear.
So until next blog… I wish you happy gaming!