Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Patrick Rothfuss confirms KINGKILLER CHRONICLE sequel series after denying it having once confirmed it

Patrick Rothfuss has confirmed that his Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy is merely the "prologue" to another story, confusing a lot of people in the process.


Patrick Rothfuss released the first book in the trilogy, The Name of the Wind, back in 2007 with a lot of pre-publicity about how the trilogy was already complete and also with the intimation that the trilogy was merely the start of a larger story. After all, The Name of the Wind opens with a present-day storyline in which the world is clearly in chaos and darkness, and then the bulk of the trilogy unfolds in flashback and explains how events led to that impasse. Logically, unless Rothfuss was planning to end the series with "and everything sucks now, kthxbai", the story was going to continue in a sequel series which addresses the problems set up in the first few books.

However, Rothfuss has spent the decade or so since then refuting the idea of there being a further series or sequel. As the gaps between books grew longer (the second volume, The Wise Man's Fear, was released in 2011 and the third volume, The Doors of Stone, is still to be published), he has repeatedly played down suggestions that there are more books coming.

Why he broke his silence now is unclear, although there's been some significant news recently. There's both a movie trilogy based directly on the books in the planning stages, with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) producing and Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man trilogy, the Evil Dead series) in talks to direct, and a prequel television series focusing on Kvothe's parents in development at Showtime. Rothfuss has also spoken about the book a bit more (after several years of avoiding it), indicating it will be shorter than The Wise Man's Fear and that writing it is uncomfortably like "having sex in public". There is, however, still no indication of when the book will be done.

So now we know what we only thought we knew in 2007. The circle is complete.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I lost interest in the books some time ago. I don't need another long running Song of Ice and Fire saga. And I just don't care about movies or a TV series either. He has only himself to blame. Ian

Funksoul123 said...

See if he can write one more book before he thinks he can do an additional 3 eh?
Worse than waiting for the book is the servile sycophantic fans that think it's some sort of terrible to faux pas to wonder if indeed the writer is writing and could he perhaps concentrate on that if not.

Ghost said...

The man is making things up as he goes along. Honestly, there's nothing wrong with that as long as he, cough, complete the series.

Anonymous said...

As much as I liked the others (despite significant poor stretches in each) at this point I have zero interest in anything he says, does or writes. And he clearly has no clue where to take the story

Anonymous said...

Having a TV series out before the final book is now not good enough. Now it’s a movie trilogy. Take that George!

Anonymous said...

He can claim whatever he wants, we will never get theese books. More than 10 years now, and we still havent got the last book that he braged about having already finished in 2007. This guy has zero legitamacy.

CrazyLuey said...

Rothfuss is a victim of his own success. For someone that talks about finishing the series before it’s even out and then not publishing the final book for 10 years is a complete sell out. The part that really gets to me is how quiet he is about the writing process on the third book and then turns on the fans when he’s asked about it. In reality he probably hasn’t written anything in years. I loved his first 2 books but his character as a person makes me no longer care about his future work.

Tom Beans said...

Given the current state of things and how long we've waited for book 3, I'm fairly certain either he or I will be dead long before we see a final book in a second trilogy.

Mauro Vincenti said...

I will buy anything Rothfuss will write in the future, not just related to the current trilogy, but my eagerness to put my hands on the next book of the serie has dropped to zero. I find his more and more convoluted justifcations quite distressing to read, probably the movie/tv deal has put him under the kind of pressure he is not yet able to bear.

Zachary Paul said...

I think you're really misunderstanding what he's denied/confirmed. He's never denied that he will write more books in Kvothes world. He *has* denied that he will write more books about Kvothe. This isn't confusing.

Anonymous said...

Patrick is waiting to release his third novel in the KKC to coincide with the release of his new television series so that he can sell more books. Because he's a lazy writer that has fallen in love with his 15 minutes of fame and has become all about the money.