Heartwarming: The Kingkiller Chronicle

aka: The Wise Mans Fear

Book One:

  • Abenthy's note to Kvothe left in Rhetoric And Logic.
  • People may hate her, but most of the scenes between Kvothe and Denna are beautiful and sweet.
  • Trapis. Devoting his life to take care of Tarbean's homeless children, all of them, never complaining about anything, giving them something as close to a home as they can get.
    • After Kvothe cleans up, none of his former companions can even recognize him. Trapis can, and express his happiness for Kvothe getting a chance to live a better life.
  • Kvothe and Denna singing "The Lay Of Sir Savien."
  • Kvothe's occasional off the hip poetry scene (In the first book, through clever paragraph formatting, it's hard to tell that Kvothe's reply to Deoch's warning about Denna is in verse:
    Deoch, my heart is made
    Of stronger stuff than glass.
    When she strikes sheíll find
    it strong as iron-bound brass
    Or gold and adamant
    together mixed.
    Donít think Iím unaware,
    some startled deer to stand transfixed
    By hunterís horns. Itís she who should take care,
    for when she strikes
    My heart will make a sound
    so beautiful and bright
    That it canít help but bring her back
    to me in winged flight.
    • And in the second book he does this with a whole conversation!
      • He and Denna banter with each other and they both improvise rhyming couplets.
  • His comforting of Nina (Girl from Trebon who saw the vase of the Chandrian by giving her the charm, carefully making sure that even if she loses it, she won't freak out), and the scenes where he says he first saw the rewards of heroism.

Book Two:

  • How Auri comforts Kvothe after he breaks down about his parents' deaths during his Plum Bob period..
    Auri: I know. You have a stone in your heart, and some days it's so heavy there's nothing to be done. But you don't have to be alone for it. You should have come to me. I understand.
    Auri: It's okay. I'm here. You're safe.
  • When Kvothe thinks Elodin might rat Auri out to others, he begs Elodin not to tell anyone, fearing Auri might be stuck in the nuthouse. Elodin reveals he has no intent to tell anyone, and tells Kvothe to pull himself together before she sees him upset and freaks out. It's only after this he lets Kvothe sign up for his class.
  • When it's revealed that Stapes had been replacing the flits in the Maer's gilded cage, not in some plot to poison him, but to make sure the Maer, his employer and best friend, didn't see any death while he was recovering. His crying when he's discovered doubles as a TearJerker.
  • Another with Stapes, when Kvothe is kicked out of the Maer's house, and he needs to return everyone's rings. Stapes takes the gold ring, but insists Kvothe keep the bone one.
    Stapes: But this lies outside my duty to the Maer. It is a debt between two men. The games of the court have no sway over such things.
  • Wil and Sim taking turns protecting Kvothe from Ambrose's malfeasance while he sleeps, for many many nights. They also spend a good deal of their days helping Kvothe with his research on the Amyr.
    Narrator!Kvothe: They were the best sort of friends. The sort everyone hopes for but no one deserves, least of all me.
  • When Kvothe notices a spark between Fela and Simmon, the guy he constantly describes as a truly good person and who has been made clear to be horrible with women.
    Narrator!Kvothe: It was worth blood and the fear of death to see her fall in love with him. Just a little. Just the first faint breath of love, so light she probably didn't notice it herself.
  • Denna gets two in quick succession- instead of keeping or selling the expensive necklace and earrings given to her by an admirer, which would easily have produced enough money for her to live on for a long time, she gave the earrings to a naive young man so he could clear his debt with a dangerous loan shark and go home to see his ill parent, and then sells the necklace and uses the money to buy an extravagantly awesome case for Kvothe's lute, as a gift.
  • Kvothe breaks into Ambrose's rooms, risks expulsion from the University, and almost breaks his knees, all to retrieve Denna's ring. Wilem puts it best: "You realize you have gone well over the hill concerning this Denna girl, donít you?"
  • This beautiful line: "So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. Thatís as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect."

Alternative Title(s):

The Name Of The Wind, The Wise Mans Fear