Building on a theme only basically introduced in The Name of the Wind, Wise Man's Fear is a full-blown exploration of the creation of myths and of storytelling as human endeavor. Songs and stories are nested in layers in Wise Man's Fear, while metered dialogue in the scenes of wooing give Kvothe's reality the quality of a crafted play. Which it is, really: the novel is a dream world -- worlds -- and stronger writing from Patrick Rothfuss allows its author to substitute Kvothe's eager arrogance in the first novel with genuine character and exploits to match. It's a genuinely brilliant book, but subtly so -- using its careful structure unselfconsciously, lulling readers into following the tale wherever it turns. This was a genuinely difficult book to see to an end, with its world having grown so freely in the reader's heart.