book review: the wise man’s fear by patrick rothfuss

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Alas. I have managed to finish this book.

Some parts were excruciatingly monotonous, arcs that I felt very tedious and add little to the main plot, but it did little to drench my fiery love for this red-haired unassuming innkeeper.

My review is pretty much the same as book one except for the harsh points I have mentioned above.

In book two, we have more adventures, heart breaking scenes and gut-wrenching actions. We also uncover parts of the Four Corners of Civilization, Vintas and Ademre, which I think had the best and worst moments. This is most important when you read this series. It is not your usual story plot of introduction-climax-resolution, you will be disappointed. The main plot is overshadowed with so many subplots you’d think the main plot is the subplot. The book was somewhat anticlimactic for me as Kvothe is telling the story himself, so when he’s in a life threatening condition you just know he’ll live.

This book is not about a hero bred to defeat armies or dragons. It’s the story of Kvothe. It’s his story, his defeats and his victories.

Book two pretty much built an enthusiasm so great I can even compare it to the Promise of Spring.

I recently came to know that this was already commissioned for a movie, a TV series and a video game. I think that is enough for you to pick this book and read it.

 

Rating: 5/5 stars

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the name of the wind / patrick rothfuss

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Rating: 5/5 stars

“Before it was just a story, but now I can believe it. This is a face of a man who has killed an angel.”

This book is a m a z i n g. Despite the sheer volume (which is probably why readers shy away from this), the flow and the pacing of the story is effortless. You just get sucked right into the book. Usually it takes me a few days to get the feel of the “world”. But this was instantaneous. It felt like I’ve read this book a long time ago. And I was just revisiting it. •

The groundwork of the setting is stretched throughout the book. You get to know the “world” through the eyes of the main protagonist, not only that, you get to know the basics together. It’s one of the reasons why it was easy to read, you’re not bombarded with so many things all at once that usually comes with “fantasy/high fantasy books”.

And, I only get to love one character. He is Kvothe, you may have heard of him.

Picture the main protagonist as someone you truly care about. The emotional connection was immediate. You get to feel all sorts of emotions for him, happiness and sadness, anger and devastation. And so so many things.

But there are no perfect books, this is a long narrative. Sometimes it strays away, it lets your mind wander. But forgiveable because that’s just the way it goes.

It’s awfully darn entertaining and well done. The Name of the Wind has an intriguing story arc, a compelling protagonist, a well-crafted set-up, this book has everything!

book review: the final empire (mistborn #1) by brandon sanderson

Untitled2Rating: blue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hi/5 stars

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn Series of Brandon Sanderson. The Skaas have been under the control of the invincible god known as the Lord Ruler for so long. In their fight for the freedom, they are aided by Kelsier, a half-blood skaa and a full pledged Mistbon. Along with his crew of Mistings, they scheme and plot the downfall of the Final Empire. The Mistborn are people who can burn metals and illicit different kinds of responses. This is what you call Allomancy, and Vin, a member of a thieving crew is recruited by Kelsier to help him free the skaa.

The story is both in the point of view of Kelsier and Vin but as the story progresses, we begin to see the perspective of other characters. The character developments are so in depth it makes a delightful read and the reading experience believable. The writing is designed to love those characters and hate those that you should.

I did like about the whole power system, original and fresh in its own. The setting of the book is well-thought out. The sun is red; the sky is overcast grey with ashfall that makes for a sinister feeling. It makes you think about what happened in that world.

This book is a great introduction to Sanderson. Not reading this is an experience missed.