The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, 993 pages
In this second book of the Kingkiller Chronicles, innkeeper/scholar/mage/bard Kvothe continues telling the life story he began in The Name of the Wind. Kvothe's tale takes him from the halls of arcane study at the University to the palace of the Maer (a wealthy man who, had certain historical conflicts gone slightly differently, would be the King) to chasing bandits in the wilds of the forest to the Fae to Ademre (the exotic home of unbeatable mercenaries) and back again.
The story twists and turns, dips and dives, but propels forward at an incredibly quick and readable pace — this book did NOT feel like 993 pages. I very much enjoyed it, and now count myself among the Rothfuss fans that are waiting impatiently for the next volume.