Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Three – A New Update!

Kenny Brechner -- November 2nd, 2017

Over six months ago I was able to determine The Real Reason Rothfuss’ Kingkiller 3 Is Not Here Yet by interviewing Bast, an unsettling character from the book itself. I am now in possession of a terrifying update on the status of Book Three, a disclosure that has left me badly shaken. For background you should know that here in central Maine we were hit by a powerful storm earlier in the week and my wife and I have been out of power for three days now. Yesterday morning I got up in the pitch dark and powered up our generator. When I came back into the house and turned on a light I was startled to find Bast himself sitting at our kitchen table.

Kenny: Bast!

Bast:: Hello there. I will not say good morning, as I will leave you to ponder whether it is a good morning or not after I leave you.

Kenny: Ummn. I’m thrilled to see again, of course. but I don’t imagine that this is a social call.

Bast: No indeed. I assume you still take an interest in that little matter of the delayed release of The Doors of Stone.

Kenny: I do indeed.

Bast: Well, matters have changed since last we spoke.

Kenny: Hmmn. I know there has been wide reporting that due to the forthcoming Lin-Manuel Miranda produced film and television series versions of the Kingkiller Chronicle, the books are set to reach a whole new level of attention and readership. That being so, the pressure on Rothfuss to produce book three will increase exponentially as well.

Bast: Just so.

Kenny: Well, Bast, what is your news?

Bast: I am giving you the opportunity to discover the truth, but only if you can guess it correctly.

Kenny: You seem awfully pleased with yourself. I’m guessing you had something to do with it. Hmmn. Well,  when last we spoke you had confirmed that Kvothe cast two interwoven Sisyphean  spells on Rothfuss. The first making perfection a compulsory absolute and the second allowing him to see an infinite number of perspectives on his work making perfection and imperfection alternate indefinitely as the endless supply of perspectives appear successively, each one undoing the perfection attained by the last.

Given this checkmate situation along with the impending uptick of pressure, and considering your skill set, as well as how pleased with yourself you appear, I wonder if Rothfuss didn’t ask you to help him overcome the spell?

Bast: Clever of you to guess that. Yes, he asked me to take the disassembled book and put it back together in a final form which purged it of the spell. As a reward for your perspicacity I will share with you that he did not take thought to word his request with sufficient care.

Kenny: My blood runs chill.

Bast: Does it? We’ll see. It would perhaps have been wise of him to stipulate that I not weave a new spell into the pages of the manuscript. Which, not having been forsworn,  I took the opportunity to do.

Kenny: I see. And that spell is?

Bast:  Oh it is a simple exchange, a price paid for the satisfaction of satiating interest. Anyone who reads the book will find that their heart grows cold to one thing in their life which they held dear before reading it.

Kenny: That’s terrible! What an awful price to pay! It reminds of the three Prydain witches Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch who offer to give up the Black Cauldron for the little price of Taran’s memory of a single summer day. Does Rothfuss know about this?

Bast: Oh yes! He has not dared to read it for that cause, but will he, under the pressure that is to come, dare to release it? That is what the days ahead will reveal.

Kenny: This is fiendish, Bast!

Bast: Is it now? I don’t think so. Why, in fact here is a copy of the manuscript for your own enjoyment. Regale yourself with  it!

Kenny: I want no part of this accursed choice. Take it away with you.

Bast: Farewell.

And with that he was off. What now?!

6 thoughts on “Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Three – A New Update!

  1. John

    entertaining, Kenny. thanks

    It’s a mystery to me why anyone would read any book in a trilogy that is incomplete. the author could easily die or be elected president, either of which would lower his creativity quotient sufficiently to preclude ever finishing. I read the first book when someone loaned it to me and was sure i would like it. he was right; it was great, so great I was prepared to buy all three. oops! book two came out a year or so later.

    i haven’t read book two and won’t until the whole story is complete and i can read all three. it’s been so long i’ll have to reread book one, which is fine. it was a good beginning. I am, however, on the far side of my biblical 3 score and 10 so who knows if i’ll ever get to read the trilogy

  2. Tom

    I was upset about the length of time that the third book was taking but I read some comments on another blog that changed my mind.
    I would rather have a book of quality than something rushed. Part of the joy of Rothfuss’ books is the quality of his writing. If he put out a piece of garbage to satisfy the impatience of fans, there would be even more backlash.
    I don’t think he’s intentionally making us wait just to make more money. I suppose it’s possible but I also think sometimes you need some distance from a project to think.

    1. Allen Barcy

      He’s had plenty of time to un-rush the book. It it felt rushed at this point it could only indicate his lack of focus. Quit enabling poor, selfish behavior.

  3. Anne Sherman

    I have a theory of my own as to why Book 3 will be delayed indefinitely: I believe Rothfuss is afraid that, if he finishes Book 3, his readers will no longer support Worldbuilders, Heifer International or his stupid side projects like Tak and the card decks. IMHO, he believes his charities are much more important than a bunch of slavishly devoted readers.

    Rothfuss also now knows (from George Martin’s disgusting example of how to handle the final books that were not finished when HBO’s Game of Thrones began) that he doesn’t have to EVER complete Book 3. He can just whisper a few ideas to Lin Manuel Miranda about events that he MAY include in Book 3, as GRRM did with the GoT showrunners, and keep us hanging on his every blog post. Rothfuss knows that the television project will add a completely new group of fans who haven’t and will never read the books. How much money do these jerks need???

    Both authors have figuratively spit in the faces of their readers. I will NEVER buy another GRRM book. I am fast losing patience with Rothfuss. Brandon Sanderson had to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series from Jordan’s voluminous notes, after Jordan’s death.

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