My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A lot to take in. A couple of moments had me nodding off. The same fact held true for Name of the Wind, but I at least I found that one refreshingly different. This second book, I didn’t love as much.
The first third involves a lot of back pedaling, rehashing, going over, (in much the same way that I use these words one after another. Get it?) If I were being completely honest, the only parts that truly got a kick out of me almost always had Bast or the Chronicler in them. Kvothe’s second day has lost a lot of what I liked in his first day of recalling what he’d seen, learned, met and mastered. His recollections of his past self, revealed a boy full of himself (for good reason or not because the boy could be arrogant.) He’s simply too perfect. And in the rare instance that he wasn’t brilliant, well, he didn’t stay that way forever. A run down:
1. University. The first portion goes over a lot of what Name of the Wind tackled of a poor boy making his way through University, struggling to make tuition. It’s the same boy whose great skill and brilliance in all fields wows some but alienates most. It’s the same boy mooning over a girl most unlikely; the same, making friends with the most unlikely of people.)
2. Patron search.
4. Felurian and the Forest.
5. In Haert.
I could go on… but that it’s a rather long story, full of what he did, what he learned is no joke. And honestly, it was entertaining at points, I simply could have done with one or two moments more of awesome. Bast and Chronicler are what first come to mind in this regard. I loved their banter. I enjoyed how at one moment, Bast is sweetly childlike and loving where his Reshi is concerned; only to be coldly terrifying with the Chronicler. Or Elodin and his insane methods and seemingly pointless questions, him I found completely hilarious!
He goes from place to another mastering something new, impressing some and earning the hate of most others most others. Yet despite this boy who reads annoyingly brilliant, with a story that’s (a bit) long-winded, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn't be reading Day Three.
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