I just finished the book. I have already stated in detail why I think The Kingkiller Chronicle is the best story I have ever read. I won't go into further detail as to why. My opinion has already been expressed on numerous occasions.
The complaint I see most often is plot. I wonder if this comes from the fact that some readers are expecting traditional epic fantasy and are getting something very different. Epic implies grand, large, extravagant. Massive battles set in fantastic worlds with clearly definable protagonists and antagonists. Larger than life heroes on epic quests to save the world. Traditional plot development and third person narrative mode.
This book is not a traditional work of epic fantasy. It IS an autobiography and and should be read as such. In this sense there is no grand enemy or truly epic, world shaking events. Patrick Rothfuss explained this perfectly when he said at it's core, this is a story about how stories are created. It is the story of a man's life. An extraordinary story set in a rich and detailed world. It has the traditional fantasy tropes and trappings and they are both celebrated and made fun of. It is full of satire without actually being a work of satire.
I can see how this really was one long story. And while it has been revised to fit into a standard trilogy it certainly doesn't read like one. The story transcends genre and as such seems to resonate with a more diverse audience than just the traditional hard core fantasy reader . At the same time I can see where for some who read traditional epic fantasy this story might be lacking in those elements that draw many people to the genre.
The Wise Man's Fear is a fascinating read. I look forward to many future re-reads. I hope Rothfuss takes his time with the final installment, The Doors of Stone. I hope he continues writing the story that he wants to read because it is the story I want to read as well.