The Wise Man's Fear, released earlier this year, is the second book in Patrick Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicles. The first book, The Name of the Wind, was a surprise hit in 2007 and to say that The Wise Man's Fear was highly anticipated is no understatement.
The Wise Man's Fear continues the story of the wizard Kvothe. In the "present", Kvothe is an innkeeper and a shadow of his former self. In his self-imposed exile, Old Kvothe tends tables, serves food and pours his heart out to his captive biographer, the handily-named Chronicler. This serves as the book's framing device.
The bulk of The Wise Man's Fear is set in the past, following the progress of the young Kvothe as he begins to explore his magical powers. The word "bulk" is also no understatement - The Wise Man's Fear weighs in at almost a thousand pages. Unfortunately, there is a misleading word involved, and that is "progress". The Wise Man's Fear is a chronicle of tepid nothingness: vacuous philosophy, clumsy social commentary, vapid romance and nothing even approaching a plot.