Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 996 pages
Setting: from the Commonwealth to Vintas, the day after the events of The Name of the Wind.
Interest: It’s the second book (Day Two) in the Kingkiller Chronicle, started in The Name of the Wind.
Summary: We continue to follow the life of Kvothe, as he retells it to the Chronicler. Kvothe is convinced to leave the University for a term. His feud with Ambrose has gotten worse (Kvothe is forced to forge a gram to protect himself from Ambrose’s magic). He’s also changed his search from the Chandrian (which was getting nowhere) to the Amyr, but no better luck in finding information. He’s sent to Vintas, to help the Maer wood a bride. In the process, he uncovers a plot to poison the Maer, is sent to hunt bandits in the woods, and meets the fae Felurian. Finally, he learns how to fight from the Ademre, before heading back to the University to continue his training. All along the way, he runs into Denna, whom he loves but tries not to show it.
Final thoughts: Hard to put down, which can be a problem when you’re reading a nearly 1000-page book. While all the old gang from the University were still in the book, Kvothe got to branch out a bit and have some adventures on the road. I have a hard time remembering that Kvothe is just a teenager in all his adventures. Partly it’s because an older Kvothe is telling the story, partly because all his friends are older, and partly just because of the maturity he shows in all his adventures.
Overall, it’s an excellent book. We’re getting a taste of the Chandrian, and who Denna’s patron is (is he a Chandrian? or perhaps an Amyr? There’s some good reason why he’s so secretive) but no details yet. I also want to know why Kvothe is keeping an inn, but essentially just waiting to die. I want to know what happens next! At least, since I came to this series so late, I don’t have to wait as long for the next book in the series as someone who found it years ago.
Title comes from: A line in the book: “There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in a storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
Reading challenges fulfilled: 75/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
If you’re interested in purchasing the book, you can click on the cover image to follow an Amazon affiliate link to the book and thanks for supporting my blog!