New Patrick Rothfuss Novella: The Slow Regard of Silent Things- Due Nov. 4th, 2014 (Kingkiller Chronicles)

     Most of my friends have had to put up with me constantly raving about Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles.  Next to Neal Asher, Terry Pratchett, and Joe Abercrombie, Rothfuss has been seated as on of my favorites. When I first read The Name of the Wind I was blown away at the depth and breadth of the world building.  Then I was horribly disappointed because the next book was so far off.  Then The Wise Man's Fear arrived and I went through the same thing.  Now we wait for the third installment Doors of Stone, which has no release date in sight.  

    Instead of a picture, I decided to put this Google Talk with Rothfuss up for interested readers.

     Well, he has a few things announced recently, and because I procrastinated long enough I can now group them into a singular post.  In the time we have to wait for the finale of The Kingkiller Chronicles we will get a few nice treats... two novellas and a novel.

     The first is addressed in this post's title- The Slow Regard of Silent Things.  It is a new novella focussed on, in my opinion, one of the best characters from the first two books- Auri.
     "The Slow Regard of Silent Things is set at The University, where the brightest minds work to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Auri, a former student (and a secondary but influential character from Rothfuss’s earlier novels) now lives alone beneath the sprawling campus in a maze of ancient and abandoned passageways. There in The Underthing, she feels her powers and learns to see the truths that science—and her former classmates—have overlooked."
     The second item is a novella about Kvothe's protege Bast.  It is titled The Lightning Tree and will be available June 17th in the Rogues Anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.  The book will also feature a ton of other wonderful authors such as the previously mentioned Joe Abercrombie.

     The third item is a novel about Laniel Young-Again.  I couldn't find an estimated release date for that, sorry.

     On a side note- from Rothfuss' Reddit AMA back in January (?) - someone asked something that I've been curious about since I first read the book. "Can a person learn their own true name? If so could they command it?"  If I recall correctly, he doesn't answer, but I've speculated on here and on Twitter that Kvothe has done exactly that.  I believe he may have locked a part of himself in his thrice-locked chest to prevent more harm than what he's already done, and subsequently locked himself out (possibly by locking the part of him that knew how to open the chest in).
     If memory serves me right, I believe Elodin reacted harshly when Kvothe asked if it was possible for someone to change their name- which Kvothe has already outwardly done.  So it makes sense that he would've learned his own name, and then locked it away, thus restricting his powers- and thwarting future disaster from occurring.
     Then again, maybe he locked another person or a god away in it...

     Source [ Tor ]

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