I adore Patrick Rothfuss. I can honestly say he renewed my love for fantasy when I read The Name of the Wind back in 2011. I had, unintentionally, timed it that the day after I finished reading the first novel, the second one was released so for a while I was one happy ducky as I savoured every word, every chapter, every rhyming couplet in iambic pentameter. Then weeks passed, months even, and then one day I was in a bookstore and I spotted The Wise Man’s Fear again and for one moment I was blissfully over the moon thinking I’d yet to actually finish reading it, that for some reason I’d put it down for a spell and it was waiting for me back home on my bedside table. The feeling was fleeting as I realised, yes, yes I had finished it and who knows when I’ll be able to get my next fix.
So when I saw this video, promising exclusive teasers for the third novel of The Kingkiller Chronicles, I was both excited and nervous. Did I really want to know? Was it worth getting myself all wound up again, knowing it could be years before the third book was actually published? His first announcement had me disgruntled, but really, I shouldn’t have been surprised. This is Patrick Rothfuss, ultimate storyteller and liar extraordinaire!
While who knows when this novel will finally be released and put us all out of our misery, Rothfuss has promised us some goodies to tie us over!
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (and what a name!) is promised to be a quirky novella about Auri, the young woman who lives in the passageways beneath Kvothe’s University. Fingers crossed it’s out in November!
And that’s not all! He will also be featuring a short story about Bast, the Fae who assist Kvothe at the inn, in George R. R. Martin’s anthology, Rogues. Other authors include Neil Gaiman (squee!), Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie and lots more. This awesome collection is also promised to be out this year! How awesome is that!
So check out Patrick Rothfuss’ blog to get frequent hits from this amazing author on life, writing and pretty much anything else that wanders through his mind while we wait patiently, somewhat anxiously, for The Doors of Stone (working title).