I will agree that Patrick Rothfuss is an excellent writer! His prose is so poetic, it makes my eyes water. Seriously, the guy can write very very well. I sometimes read and reread lines because they are so beautiful.
The plot is slow in the first two books. Without spoiling it, the story goes too long into the inner workings of magic school. It's almost like reading about a college freshman's trials and tribulations and, well, although sometimes mildly interesting, the second book has not sustained my interest long enough to completion. Life's too short. Again, his prose kept me coming back and they truly are Shakespearean in breadth and scope. But the plot just plods along and too little action and adventure happens, albeit the boy's lack of funds and his innate abilities at singing and playing the lute.
I recommend the first book for its sheer poetic beauty. But war, combat, magic, action? Find a different book.