Kvothe is even more self-absorbed this time around* but there were enough redeemable qualities to save this from utter failure (see: his time in Ademre and at the University, and also the Interludes).
And yet, I have high hopes for Book Three.
*I know. I didn't think it was possible for him to be any more self-aggrandizing but I forgot Kvothe is the Greatest of All Things, including being the Supreme Narcissist. You've probably heard of him.