OMG! If you have not read "The Name of the Wind", the first book in this series, I highly recommend it. Not because Wise Man's Fear won't make sense, it will. Read the 1st one because it may be just one step better than this one. If you don't have time to read, the audio version is very well done with a massive 36 CDs!
This is a fantasy book, and he is the hero, about the only thing he doesn't do well is get the girl he is in love with. He has his share of trials and tribulations and adventures.
It's an excellent story. Trying to read the story line below, without reading the first book could be a bit overwhelming - there is so much going on, but it makes sense when you read the book.
Day Two: The Wise Man's Fear. "There are three things all wise men
fear; the sea in storm, a night with no moon and the anger of a gentle
man." An escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility
forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad.
Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly
becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting
to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe discovers an assassination
attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of
mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who
(or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's road. All the while,
Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the
mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the
way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to
reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm.
There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no
man has ever survived. Under her tutelage, Kvothe learns much about true
magic and the ways of women. In The Wise Man's Fear Kvothe takes
his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life
can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.