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The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella


The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussNEW YORK, NY, March 28, 2014—Elizabeth Wollheim, President and Publisher of DAW Books, has acquired a companion novella to Patrick Rothfuss’s #1 New York Times bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle novels from Matt Bialer of Greenburger Associates. The Slow Regard of Silent Things will be published in hardcover in November 2014.

Patrick Rothfuss has become a force within the fantasy community since his debut novel The Name of the Wind: Book One of The Kingkiller Chronicle was published in 2007. Joining the ranks of legendary bestselling fantasists like George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan, Rothfuss has developed a phenomenal following of readers that reaches beyond the traditional genre market. His second novel, The Wise Man’s Fear went straight to #1 on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller list when it was published in 2011. Both books continue to sell strongly in both hardcover and paperback and Rothfuss is mobbed by fans at his bookstore appearances.

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.

With a beautiful package and small trim size, it is a perfect choice for holiday gifts.

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella

Patrick Rothfuss
DAW Hardcover; $18.95
ISBN: 9780756410438
On Sale: November 4, 2014

5 Responses to “The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella”

  1. Things I know to be true about Patrick Rothfuss:

    * Patrick Rothfuss does *not* set the price of his books/novellas. He has no say whatsoever in that part of the publishing process. His publisher DAW does. If you don’t like a book/novella price, vote your displeasure by *not* opening your wallet. That is the power *we* have as consumers.

    * Patrick Rothfuss is and *has been* working on **The Doors of Stone**. Yes, the book was written years ago but the additions of several characters into **The Name of the Wind** forced Pat to have to weave those new character story arcs throughout all three books — which is arguably the hardest thing to do in fiction writing. How do I know this? Because I had to do damn near the same thing with my debut novel and it also damn near killed me.

    * Patrick Rothfuss is *not* writing novellas to bilk you of your money instead of writing **The Doors of Stone**. He makes *more* money publishing a full-size book than several novellas combined.

    * Patrick Rothfuss is *not* your bitch. (Thanks for adding to our lexicon, Neil! Bwahaha!)

    Me? I’m excited for the novella. I want **The Doors of Stone** as badly as anyone but Pat *must* finish Day 3 right, making sure all three books and their characters are treated with absolute quality. If he doesn’t, it will cause great anger and disappointment. And then where will we be?

    I look at the novella and the Bast novelette in **Rogues** with happiness because they are new, set in a world I love, and they help fill the void that exists between Day 2 and Day 3.

    Where do we speculate about Auri now? :)

  2. Michael Kaufman says:

    While I agree with you that:

    > Patrick Rothfuss is *not* your bitch

    I think you will find that at $19 per novella,

    > He makes *more* money publishing a full-size book than several novellas combined.

    is probably not the case. unless the next book is priced somewhere north of $50 he’s probably going to make more money on several novellas price at $12 then he will off of one novel priced at normal market rates. To put it into perspective, I just purchased Words of Radiance for less then it would cost to buy The Slow Regard of Silent Things.

    I also suspect that given the size of his fanbase,

    > Patrick Rothfuss does *not* set the price of his books/novellas.

    Is not completely true. I’m sure he has a fair amount of influence over the process, and his publisher would not risk alienating him by going completely against his wishes.

    I also agree that:

    > If you don’t like a book/novella price, vote your displeasure by *not* opening your wallet.

    I intend to vote with my wallet and not pick this one up. I’m sure the price will go down a lot if I just wait a bit.

  3. Alex Ristea says:

    This is incredible news! Preordered.

  4. Coherent says:

    I’m going to die of cancer probably this year or maybe the next if I’m very lucky. I was really hoping to get to read the third day. Just a reminder; some fans can’t wait too long :( I’m going to miss so much that I love… The conclusion to Kvothe’s story will be the most bitterly missed though. I hope I can make it to November to read about Auri at least – I do like her, and I support the novella idea.

  5. Joshua Copper says:

    Michael Kaufman,

    Since Shawn Speakman is a personal acquaintance of Patrick Rothfuss and a fellow writer, I am more inclined to trust Shawn’s educated comments on the publishing world. Relax, Pat will finish book three.

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