Patrick Rothfuss just announced a new book and revealed the cover:
First things first: It’s not the third book in the Kingkiller Chronicle. It’s called The Slow Regard of Silent Things, it’s coming out on Oct. 28, and it’s a novella about Auri and the Underthing. Since she’s one of my favorite characters (after Kvothe, of course), I’m almost as eager as I will be for The Doors of Stone whenever it comes out.
Here’s the description, from Amazon:
A companion novella to Patrick Rothfuss’ bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle novels, The Slow Regard of Silent Things shares an enchanting new perspective on the Four Corners realm.
Renowned as a bastion of knowledge, the University draws the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex web of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways. In the heart of this cavernous maze is a young woman named Auri, who calls this Underthing her home.
Formerly a student at the University, Auri now spends her days tending to the world around her. She knows that some mysteries are better settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so trusted by those above her, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.
At once joyous and haunting,The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a richly atmospheric and lyrical tale, featuring one of the most beloved characters from Rothfuss’ acclaimed fantasy series.
I’m pretty sure the fandom is going to be split between two reactions on this one. Most of us are going to be over the moon with excitement. A few are going to be annoyed because Pat spent time on this (and a Bast short story*) when he “should” have been working on book 3 of the Kingkiller Chronicle. To the second batch, I say “Oh, back off!” Writers have to write the stories which present themselves, and it’s clear from Pat’s post that the Auri story kept nagging at him, wanting to be told. Personally, I think this is fantastic news, and I can’t wait to read it!
*About that Bast short story: it’s appearing in an anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, entitled Rogues. It’s sharing page space with stories by Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Scott Lynch, Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Carrie Vaughn, Garth Nix, Walter Jon Williams, and of course G.R.R. Martin. The anthology comes out on June 17, 2014.